Our Agent Wish List: Kelly Mortimer

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Woo hoo! After a minor break, the Agent Wish List is back–and I have someone pretty awesome for you all. This week we’re featuring Kelly Mortimer from the Mortimer Literary Agency. Ms. Mortimer is a past winner of the America Christian Fiction Writers “Agent of the Year” award and has a degree in contract law. Oh, and she quotes Ridley Scott films for words of advice. Pretty cool, huh? Well, there’s more…

Why I Heart Her: She’s one of the rare agents who prefers third-person POV for YA, which was my original vision of Wants. Plus, she has an incredible sense of humor. Just check out her biography on her website.

Why You’ll Heart Her: She only signs pre-published writers. And she announces that proudly. How cool is that? Not to mention she usually answers queries within 48 hours.

Who She Represents: Mystery/historical romance author Cynthia Hickey; romance author Kelly Ann Riley; nonfiction author Dr. Beverly Rose; paranormal romance author Raz Steel, and many more!

What She’s Looking For: Contemporary YA (woo hoo!), historical romance, thrillers, paranormal, mainstream fiction, and nonfiction with a killer platform. For more info (including what kind of writers she’d love to work with), click here.

Notable Net Nuggets:

Guide to Literary Agents interview


Perils of Publishing (her site with helpful links for writers)

Welcome to My Worlds: A Bipolar Christian Tells All (her personal blog)

The Editorial Department interview

Novel Journey interviews (Part One and Part Two)

Between the Lines interview

Absolute Write Water Cooler thread


Once Upon a Romance guest post

How to Submit to Her: She only submits e-queries. Do NOT paste pages with your queries; she’ll let you know if she wants to see more. Click here for complete guidelines.

Just from reading about her, and from my own brief “encounters” with her, I have to say she’s an absolute cool chick. Anyone would be lucky to have her as an agent. Fingers crossed for anyone thinking of querying her! 🙂


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