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Ms. Kate McKean

Howard Morhaim Literary Agency

30 Pierrepont Street

Brooklyn, NY 11201

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Twitter: kate_mckean

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from LoveAllBooks
May 12, 2018 4:56 pm

Okay, thanks! I always hate to nudge, but it has been over six months. Good luck to you, too!
from Stillwriting
May 11, 2018 12:30 pm

I subbed last year with a "code word" from a conference she was at and heard back within 2 months. This year, I subbed something in January (no code word) and have yet to hear back. Not sure if that helps. If it's been 6 months or longer, it might be time for you to send a status check. Good luck!
from LoveAllBooks
May 08, 2018 2:12 pm

Anyone hear back about their submission? I sent a submission using a conference code word from last year and still haven't heard anything. I'm new to this, but thought that using the conference code word was suppose to expedite things? Or at least guarantee a response one way or the other?
from Patrick (admin)
Mar 31, 2018 9:52 am

Profile Update: Closed to queries.

(Thanks sarahh)
from sarahh
Mar 28, 2018 7:18 pm

Just saw this on the website:

As of March 31st, 2018, Kate is closed to new queries. All queries received before that date will receive a response. All queries received after that date will be deleted unread. She will reopen in the Fall.
from Mananda9
Mar 26, 2018 5:19 pm

EQ: 3/24/18 YA Fantasy
from tdubphyz
Mar 21, 2018 9:42 am

EQ: 3/21

lit fic, 92k
from drgldy76
Mar 11, 2018 11:26 am

EQ 2/13/18
from StoryMan
Jan 23, 2018 10:51 am

Thanks so much for sharing your knowledge.
from floridagal007
Jan 22, 2018 11:53 am

@StoryMan, ah, the age-old mystery of agents. To be honest, no one knows why they reply in the order they do, but it's definitely NOT in the order they were received and there is very little pattern for many agents. I would suggest checking out the forums on this site, there's a lot of info out there about why an agent *may* take a long time to respond, or "skip" over you. I've been skipped before and, at least in once instance, the agent subsequently told me she never got my initial query, and she went on to request my full. That was three months of sweat and heartache for me! It is possible you got moved into a "maybe" folder, but in my own experience, if an agent received your query and IS interested, you'll know so within the average (or less than average) timeframe. I.e. if an average response time is 30 days for an agent, I'd say that 90% of the time, if they want more, you'll hear within that 30 days. Obviously there are exceptions to that rule, but the requests I've gotten have always been quick. This is their biz, so they don't dilly-dally if they want more.
from StoryMan
Jan 22, 2018 11:07 am

I had always assumed that agents would respond in the order in which their queries were received. However, looking at the EQ/ER dates in the comments below, that doesn't really look like the case with Ms. McKean. (For example, rdickens had EQ: 9/1/17 and ER: 12/12/17 but bcfheartbreatker had EQ: 11/14/17 and ER:
11/22/17) Do you think that if others have received responses and their query was submitted after yours, then that would indicate that your unanswered query has more potential? Or, is it all just random when one's query actually comes up for consideration? Does anyone have any insight?
from Blackhat
Jan 22, 2018 9:32 am

EQ: 12/1/17 Query + first three chapters
ER: 1/21/18
Women's Fiction - 100k

Thank you for sharing your work with me. Unfortunately, I feel that in today's market, I cannot take on projects unless I feel strongly about them. I'm sorry to say that it didn't happen with this one. This, of course, is just my opinion and others may feel differently.
I wish you the best of luck with all your publishing endeavors.
Kate McKean
from peppermint22
Jan 19, 2018 8:43 am

EQ - 9/13
ER - 12/11 (form)

YA Historical Fantasy
from bcfheartbreaker
Jan 17, 2018 1:43 pm

EQ - 11/14/17
ER - form 11/22/17

Fantasy 114k
from safashaqsy
Jan 13, 2018 7:20 am

EQ: 12 Jan 2018

YA contemporary

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