Posted by: Kathy Temean | November 8, 2019

November Agent of the Month – Kat Enright

It is my pleasure to announce Kat Enright at the Seymour Agency is November’s Agent of the Month and will read and critique four first pages at the end of the month. See Guidelines at the bottom of this post to start submitting. Check back next week for Part one of my interview with Kat.

Kat Enright is an Associate Agent with the Seymour Agency and she is actively seeking MG and YA of all genres, Adult SFF, Romance, and select nonfiction.

Prior to joining the Seymour Agency, they worked in a variety of departments in publishing, including Sales and Editorial, and they have a keen understanding of the many stages that a book must go through in order to reach bookshelves. As someone who lives on the corner of many intersections, they are most especially interested in elevating voices of marginalized authors.

MG: In Middle Grade, She’s most especially drawn to voice—the perfect blend of whimsy and magic. Though I tend to lean more SFF, she will not turn down a good contemporary that explores the world through an authentic, diverse lens.

Contemporary YA: She is looking for twisty, dark tales with compelling protagonists—give me your mysteries and your thrillers! I’m especially drawn to found-family stories and stories that emphasize and explore female friendship. Additionally, I am seeking stories that explore what it is like to grow up outside of the typical white, straight, affluent experience.

Historical YA: She loves a good historical YA but is particularly interested in stories that explore what queer people and people of color were doing in that time (She says, “even more shockingly, queer people of color! Yes, we do exist”).

YA and Adult SFF: In both YA and Adult SFF, she’s looking for vibrant worlds that draw from traditionally underrepresented cultures. Though she is not best fit for hard sci-fi, she’d love to see an expansive, high-stakes space opera that has the feel and heart of Mass Effect. She is particularly excited to see fresh takes on common tropes and would love to see epic fantasy that explores the variety of roles and power that women seize. (Give her your Sansas and your Aryas and your Cerseis and your Margerys)

Romance: In romance, she’s open to all categories. Her favorite romance tropes include: hate-to-love/enemies-to-lovers, STEM heroines, religious angst, and soft male leads. In paranormal, she is less interested in alpha/beta dynamics and more interested in the exploration of the human and the monstrous.

Cookbooks, Coffee table and Gift books: For cookbooks, she is particularly interested finding books of traditional recipes with a modern flair and would love to connect with bloggers who have a strong platform. In coffee table and gift books, she’d love to see something that’s fun and geeky or that explores unique and odd topics.

In all areas, she is looking for new, fresh voices from traditionally underrepresented communities. Kat seeks stories that represent the diversity of the world we live in (including, but not limited to, all ethnicities, sexual orientations, mental and physical health, and socio-economic statuses).

She is not looking for:

  • Picture books, non-fiction, adult literary fiction, adult general fiction, adult mystery/thriller/suspense, memoirs, poetry, religious/spiritual books, screenplays, or short stories.
  • Books about sports. Sorry, but I’m just not a good fit for them and you’d be better off with literally anyone else.
  • Dystopias
  • Westerns
  • Sweet, fluffy, contemporary YA.
  • Portal Fantasies

Fun facts about Kat:

She’s a huge comics and video game nerd. Just say the words “Bioware” or “X-Men” and you’ll be hernew best friends.

She is the daughter of a Filipina immigrant and an American father, and she is always looking for stories that explore the diaspora experience, as well as the experience of growing up between two cultures.

I have a cat named Zuko. Yes, after Prince Zuko from A:TLA. Make of that what you will.

Submission Guidelines

Please query met at http://QueryMe.Online/KatEnright. You will be asked for a query letter, synopsis, and first 10 pages.

Vital Info


In the subject line, please write “NOVEMBER FIRST PAGE CRITIQUE” Example: Paste the text in the email, plus attached it as a Word document to the email. Please make sure you include your name, the title of the piece, and whether it’s a picture book, middle grade, or young adult, etc. at the top on both the email and the Word document (Make sure you include your name with the title of your book, when you save the first page).

PLEASE name the word document file by putting 2019 November – Your Name – Title of first page. Thank you. 

REMEMBER: ATTACH THE WORD DOCUMENT AND NOT GET ELIMINATED! Your First Page Word document should be formatted using one inch margins and 12 point New Times Roman font – double space – no more than 23 lines – only one page.

Send to: kathy(dot)temean(at)gmail(dot)com.

PLEASE FOLLOW THE GUIDELINES: Your submission will be passed over if you do not follow the directions for both the pasted email and the attached Word doc. This is where most people mess up.

DEADLINE: November 22nd.

RESULTS: November 29th.

Talk tomorrow,


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