Howard Morhaim, PRESIDENT
Howard Morhaim's publishing career has included time as a line editor, as a book doctor, and as an acquisitions editor in a variety of publishing houses in New York. In 1979, he established his eponymous literary agency, making use of his editing background to foster close relationships with his clients and their work. He represents renowned authorities in history, biography, art, architecture, science, and religion, as well as canonical authors in literary fiction, thrillers, mystery, science fiction, and fantasy.
Owing to a very full plate, Howard Morhaim is not accepting unsolicited submissions, only exclusive submissions that come as recommendations from colleagues or clients.
Kate McKean, vice president
Kate McKean joined HMLA in 2006. She earned her master’s degree in fiction writing at the University of Southern Mississippi and began her publishing career at the University Press of Florida. She is proud to work with New York Times best selling authors in a wide variety of genres including Mallory Ortberg’s TEXTS FROM JANE EYRE, Madeleine Roux’s YA horror series ASYLUM, and Brittany Gibbons’ memoir FAT GIRL WALKING. In addition to working with clients, she is an adjunct professor at New York University.
For adults, she is primarily interested in contemporary romance, contemporary women's fiction, literary fiction, historical fiction set in the 20th Century, high fantasy, magical realism, science fiction. For children, she is looking for projects in middle grade and young adult in the areas of thriller, horror, romance, LGBTQ issues, contemporary fiction, sports, magical realism, fantasy, and science fiction. In non-fiction, for adults or children/teens, she represents books by authors with demonstrable platforms in the areas of pop-culture, memoir, sports, food writing, humor, design, creativity, and craft.
She is NOT actively looking for, among other areas not listed above, novellas, poetry, screenplays or children's picture books. If your manuscript features dragons, vampires, angels/demons, werewolves, FBI agents or amateur sleuths, she is not likely the best agent for your work.
DongWon Song, Literary Agent
DongWon Song was formerly an editor at Orbit, an imprint of the Hachette Book Group. He was the first hire at a publishing startup, Zola Books, and while there oversaw content and eventually became the head of product for the ecommerce and ebook apps. He is a graduate of Duke University and joined HMLA in 2015.
He is looking for science fiction and fantasy fiction. He is also interested in non-fiction, especially food writing, science, and pop culture.
Kim-Mei Kirtland, Agency Assistant
Kim-Mei Kirtland is a lifelong reader of science fiction and fantasy, particularly hard science fiction in the vein of Greg Egan and Peter Watts. She is actively looking for fiction in those genres, as well as literary fiction and serious nonfiction, particularly in the areas of history, biography, business, and economics. She majored in economics at the University of Chicago, with a minor in East Asian studies.