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Mr. Chris Kepner

The Kepner Agency

New York, NY

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Twitter: chriskepner

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E-Mail: Yes

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Query letter with the first three chapters (or about 25 pages) pasted into the body of the email.

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from chriskepner
Jul 20, 2017 10:48 am

@dragonmun: I am indeed interested in literary fiction and narrative non-fiction, but I have greatly expanded my scope since that interview you found and I welcome all queries. I checked the boxes myself on my QueryTracker profile, so please rest assured that if I come up in a search for a specific type of book, I would be happy to receive a query!
from dragonmun
Jul 18, 2017 3:03 pm

Agent's website is under construction so it does not feature manuscript preferences. Found an interview with this agent at that clarifies that agent is "mainly interested in literary fiction and narrative nonfiction" despite the fact that he comes up in all searches here on QT.
from BillGinTexas
Jul 11, 2017 11:02 am

EQ: 04/21/2017 87k Military Hist Fic sent to new agency
07/05/2017 nudge
ER: 07/10/2017 form rejection
from cangst
Jul 06, 2017 3:33 pm

Hi everyone,

I thought I would share my stats for Chris. I queried him at his new agency on June 4th, he requested the full on June 9th (which I sent that day), and then he offered representation on June 29th. I accepted his offer last night (July 5th).

His first deal at his new agency was recently announced. It's a six-figure, three book, deal with TOR with an accompanying three-book pre-empt deal in the UK. ( Not too shabby! ;-)
from eebnhab
Jun 26, 2017 5:09 pm

EQ: 6/26/17
Espionage Thriller 72K
from AuthorTeacherkl
Jun 26, 2017 10:41 am

ER: 6/26/17 (3 ch. NR=No)

Contemporary con/heist 80k
from AuthorCJBlack
Jun 15, 2017 7:32 pm

EQ: 6/15/17 - Re-subbed to his new agency.
96K Epic Fantasy
from ESalge
May 12, 2017 8:28 am

EQ: 5/9
FR: 5/11
from bevjack1
Apr 25, 2017 5:11 am

EQ 4/25/17 Lit Fic (query only)

oops, didn't see his message below until sent.
from Patrick (admin)
Apr 19, 2017 11:59 am

Profile Update: Started his own agency.

from chriskepner
Apr 19, 2017 3:27 am

Dear Writers,

I am launching The Kepner Agency after nine years with Victoria Sanders & Associates as an agent and director of international rights. I welcome your queries at my new email address: Please include the first three chapters, or roughly 25 pages, in the body of your query email. While I take queries seriously and endeavor to read each one carefully, I don't like to send rejection letters, so please understand that you'll only receive a response if I would like to discuss your project further.

Many thanks for your time, and I look forward to hearing from you!


Chris Kepner
from Patrick (admin)
Apr 18, 2017 12:48 pm

Profile Update: Formerly with Victoria Sanders & Associates. Current whereabouts unknown.
from KristenH
Mar 30, 2017 4:24 pm

Eq 2/23/17 (Diplomatic Immunity)
ER 3/30/17 (Passed from nudge-not right agent.) I'll try Victoria with DI in late April.
from noranne
Feb 06, 2017 12:34 pm

Hm. I used the for my query. It's not on the VSA website, but on his personal website it says "If you think Victoria Sanders or Tanya McKinnon would be a better fit for your project, read these submission guidelines and send your query to queriesvsa[at] If you’d like to send me a query letter, email it to thewritersadvocate[at]" That's probably old info so I guess I should have checked the comments before sending! Oh well.
from Willow1962
Oct 25, 2016 12:59 pm

Does he send an auto reply to all queries sent?

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