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Katharine Sands

Katharine Sands - Editor

New York, NY, United States

Literary agent with love of practicing Pitchcraft for books that benefit readers' lives in fresh looks, new intel and urgent storytelling.

Overview

Getting a literary agent is no easy feat. It requires crafting a query and pitch to get their attention — without making any “querial killer” mistakes that will get your submission rejected.

Literary agents are always on a treasure hunt. But few writers know what it takes to make an agent yell, “Eureka, I’ve struck gold!” A first glance is all that most writers will get before the agent moves on without ever reading further, and that first glance needs to be a “Eureka” moment. I would love to show you how to cut through the mystery of getting an agent to want YOU.

You want to find the best ways to showcase your writing as a bold, new entry into its category and yourself as a potential author with an intriguing book poised to spring forth. We can work on your hooks, selling points, and engines so that you will be able to sum up your entire book with a two-line description—and that’s gold! We’ll dive into best practices that will allow your pitch to either give off sparks or create a moment or pose a provocative question. You’ll learn you how you can avoid ‘Querial’ Killers: the easy-to-fix mistakes writers make when querying agents. And, of course, we’ll talk (in detail) about your writing.

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN:

How to make the perfect pitch
How to deliver the flavor your book to whet the reader’s appetite for more
How to keep the momentum going through the first pages
How to start in a logical place—yet from a compelling perch
How to identify the most exciting elements that illustrate your work
How to encapsulate (in clear core points) when proposing a book
The five key takeaways you need to entice an agent/editor
How to amplify your chances for being selected
What to do—and what not to do—when summarizing your book in 200-250 words. You want the neurons in the agent’s mind to decide, “Yes, keep reading!”

Services
Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Career Guides Cooking & Food Wine & Spirits Entertainment Health & wellbeing Publishing Self-help & Self-improvement
Fiction
Fantasy Historical Fiction Inspirational Thriller

Work experience

Literary Agent

Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency
January, 1992 – Present (almost 26 years)

BIOGRAPHY

Katharine has worked with a varied list of authors who publish a diverse array of books including both fiction, memoir and non-fiction.

Among the books she represents are: The Apothecary’s Curse, nominated for the Bram Stoker Award in the First Novel category for 2017; and Girl Walks Out of a Bar, a memoir that was featured by People Magazine as Notable Nonfiction.

She is actively building her list and looking for books that have a clear benefit for readers’ lives in categories of food, travel, lifestyle, home arts, beauty, wisdom, relationships, parenting, fresh looks, life challenges, or popular culture.

When reading fiction, she wants to be compelled and propelled by urgent storytelling, and hooked by characters. For memoir, she likes to be transported to a world rarely or newly observed

Portfolio (28 selected works)

Girl Walks Out of a Bar: A Memoir

Lisa F. Smith

"Lisa Smith gives us a darkly comic, honest, and completely relatable inside look at high-functioning addiction in the world of corporate law-a sort of 'Sex and the Psych Ward.' It's inspiring, informative, and impossible to put down." --Jennifer Belle, best-selling author of High Maintenance and The Seven Year Bitch "Whether she's telling the town car driver to turn around so she can ditch sh... read more

"Lisa Smith gives us a darkly comic, honest, and completely relatable inside look at high-functioning addiction in the world of corporate law-a sort of 'Sex and the Psych Ward.' It's inspiring, informative, and impossible to put down." --Jennifer Belle, best-selling author of High Maintenance and The Seven Year Bitch "Whether she's telling the town car driver to turn around so she can ditch sh... read more

XTC : Song Stories (The Exclusive Authorized Story Behind the Music)

XTC, Neville Farmer

Reveals the hidden truth behind the songs of one of the most invisible misfit bands of the last two decades

Reveals the hidden truth behind the songs of one of the most invisible misfit bands of the last two decades

The Apothecary's Curse

Barbara Barnett

A 2017 Bram Stoker Award nominee, The Apothecary's Curse is an alchemist's brew of historical fantasy and cutting edge genetics as a physician Simon Bell and apothecary Gaelan Erceldoune race against time to recover the ancient book that made them immortal centuries ago. In Victorian London, the fates of physician Simon Bell and apothecary Gaelan Erceldoune entwine when Simon gives his wife an... read more

A 2017 Bram Stoker Award nominee, The Apothecary's Curse is an alchemist's brew of historical fantasy and cutting edge genetics as a physician Simon Bell and apothecary Gaelan Erceldoune race against time to recover the ancient book that made them immortal centuries ago. In Victorian London, the fates of physician Simon Bell and apothecary Gaelan Erceldoune entwine when Simon gives his wife an... read more

Sell Your Story in A Single Sentence: Advice from the Front Lines of Hollywood

Lane Shefter Bishop

Every writing project has one thing in common―they all start with a single sentence. Writers constantly struggle to answer this question: What is your story about?Finally, a guide by a leading Hollywood insider who actually knows the answer―and now she shows you how to do it yourself! Lane Shefter Bishop, CEO of Vast Entertainment, explains the key to selling your screenplay, novel, or script.... read more

Every writing project has one thing in common―they all start with a single sentence. Writers constantly struggle to answer this question: What is your story about?Finally, a guide by a leading Hollywood insider who actually knows the answer―and now she shows you how to do it yourself! Lane Shefter Bishop, CEO of Vast Entertainment, explains the key to selling your screenplay, novel, or script.... read more

The New Rules of Attraction: How to Get Him, Keep Him, and Make Him Beg for More

Arden Leigh

GET THE LOVE YOU WANT FROM THE GUY YOU WANT She walks into a room and heads turn. Conversations stop. Drinks spill. The man you've been trying to talk to all night suddenly excuses himself. You hope she'll break a stiletto. Don't hate her. Become her. What would you rather do-have a strategy to win the guy you want, or sit at the bar all night and wait for him to come to you? Arden Leigh schoo... read more

GET THE LOVE YOU WANT FROM THE GUY YOU WANT She walks into a room and heads turn. Conversations stop. Drinks spill. The man you've been trying to talk to all night suddenly excuses himself. You hope she'll break a stiletto. Don't hate her. Become her. What would you rather do-have a strategy to win the guy you want, or sit at the bar all night and wait for him to come to you? Arden Leigh schoo... read more

The Little Book of Healthy Beauty: Simple Daily Habits to Get You Glowing

Dr. Pina LoGiudice

As seen on Dr. Oz, a revolutionary, naturopathic plan that enhances beauty, improves health, and reverses aging, Dr. Pina's powerful program is guaranteed to make you glow from the inside out.The philosophy of naturopathic medicine is to use the most natural methods to achieve optimal health and beauty. People who follow this philosophy have a "glow"--an almost indescribable radiance, beauty, ... read more

As seen on Dr. Oz, a revolutionary, naturopathic plan that enhances beauty, improves health, and reverses aging, Dr. Pina's powerful program is guaranteed to make you glow from the inside out.The philosophy of naturopathic medicine is to use the most natural methods to achieve optimal health and beauty. People who follow this philosophy have a "glow"--an almost indescribable radiance, beauty, ... read more

Dating The Devil

Lia Romeo

Lucy O'Neill is a plain-Jane New York Pr assistant with a tiny apartment, a dead-end job, and a pair of annoyingly perfect roommates. Nothing exciting ever happens to her, until one night at a neighborhood pub . . .Lewis Mephisto is tall, handsome, and hot. Very hot. He meets her gaze through the crowd, a wicked grin on his lips, an irresistible invitation in his eyes.He's Mr. Right Times Ten.... read more

Lucy O'Neill is a plain-Jane New York Pr assistant with a tiny apartment, a dead-end job, and a pair of annoyingly perfect roommates. Nothing exciting ever happens to her, until one night at a neighborhood pub . . .Lewis Mephisto is tall, handsome, and hot. Very hot. He meets her gaze through the crowd, a wicked grin on his lips, an irresistible invitation in his eyes.He's Mr. Right Times Ten.... read more

Talk to Strangers: How Everyday, Random Encounters Can Expand Your Business, Career, Income, and Life

David Topus

Connect to the world around you and realize the enormous potential in talking to strangers Everyday, random encounters really can change lives, when you make them happen the right way and leverage the connection at the other end. Talk to Strangers explains how to stand out and tap the potential of others by taking notice of who is standing alongside you on the bank line, the latte pickup point... read more

Connect to the world around you and realize the enormous potential in talking to strangers Everyday, random encounters really can change lives, when you make them happen the right way and leverage the connection at the other end. Talk to Strangers explains how to stand out and tap the potential of others by taking notice of who is standing alongside you on the bank line, the latte pickup point... read more

Stand Up For Yourself Without Getting Fired: Resolve Workplace Crises Before You Quit, Get Axed or Sue the Bastards

Donna Ballman

"Donna Ballman's book is like having an employment attorney on call to guide workers through every stage of employment, from the job interview onward. It's exactly what employees need."--Alison Green, editor of Ask A Manager blog and career columnist for U.S. News and World ReportHate your job? Ready to quit?Facing a layoff before you even have a chance to quit? Is your boss is a flaming jerk?... read more

"Donna Ballman's book is like having an employment attorney on call to guide workers through every stage of employment, from the job interview onward. It's exactly what employees need."--Alison Green, editor of Ask A Manager blog and career columnist for U.S. News and World ReportHate your job? Ready to quit?Facing a layoff before you even have a chance to quit? Is your boss is a flaming jerk?... read more

Spiritual Pregnancy: Develop, Nurture & Embrace the Journey to Motherhood

Shawn A. Tassone Tassone, Kathryn M. Landherr Landherr

Follow the Hero's Journey from Pregnancy to Motherhood Filled with unique insights into the spiritual nature of pregnancy, this compassionate guide takes you, the expectant mother, and your loved ones along a "hero's journey" of discovery. Each trimester correlates to a stage of the epic journey where emotional, spiritual, and physical connections heighten your awareness of yourself and your u... read more

Follow the Hero's Journey from Pregnancy to Motherhood Filled with unique insights into the spiritual nature of pregnancy, this compassionate guide takes you, the expectant mother, and your loved ones along a "hero's journey" of discovery. Each trimester correlates to a stage of the epic journey where emotional, spiritual, and physical connections heighten your awareness of yourself and your u... read more

The New Low-Country Cooking: 125 Recipes for Coastal Southern Cooking with Innovative Style

Marvin Woods

There's a whole world of flavor packed into an eighty-plus-square-mile area surrounding the cities of Charleston and Savannah. It's called the Low Country of South Carolina.For centuries, Low-Country cooks have taken the diverse foods of Africa, France, Spain, and the Caribbean and turned them into one of the most intriguing regional cuisines.Marvin Woods, chef/owner of Diaspora Foods in Charl... read more

There's a whole world of flavor packed into an eighty-plus-square-mile area surrounding the cities of Charleston and Savannah. It's called the Low Country of South Carolina.For centuries, Low-Country cooks have taken the diverse foods of Africa, France, Spain, and the Caribbean and turned them into one of the most intriguing regional cuisines.Marvin Woods, chef/owner of Diaspora Foods in Charl... read more

The Tao of Beauty: Chinese Herbal Secrets to Feeling Good and Looking Great

Helen Lee

The Tao of Beauty proves that the latest beauty secrets are 5,000 years old. Ford fashion model Helen Lee comes from a long line of Chinese herbal practitioners, and when she found that Western beauty solutions were not helping her remedy the stress of a full-time modeling career, she turned back to the Chinese herbal therapies her mother had taught her. In The Tao of Beauty, Lee demystifies f... read more

The Tao of Beauty proves that the latest beauty secrets are 5,000 years old. Ford fashion model Helen Lee comes from a long line of Chinese herbal practitioners, and when she found that Western beauty solutions were not helping her remedy the stress of a full-time modeling career, she turned back to the Chinese herbal therapies her mother had taught her. In The Tao of Beauty, Lee demystifies f... read more

Elvis and You: Your Guide to the Pleasures of Being an Elvis Fan

Laura Levin, John O'Hara

The ultimate guide for Elvis Presley fans provides a host of never-before-seen photographs, helpful advice on collecting Elvis memorabilia, trivia, a complete discography, and information on Elvis websites, movies, music, fan clubs, chat rooms, and more. Original.

The ultimate guide for Elvis Presley fans provides a host of never-before-seen photographs, helpful advice on collecting Elvis memorabilia, trivia, a complete discography, and information on Elvis websites, movies, music, fan clubs, chat rooms, and more. Original.

Citytripping: New York for Nighthawks, Foodies, Culture Vultures, Fashion Fetishists Downtown Addicts & the Generally Style-Obsessed

Tom Dolby

New York City Sightseeing and Studies, Travel & Tourism, NYC Adventure, Urban Studies

New York City Sightseeing and Studies, Travel & Tourism, NYC Adventure, Urban Studies

Divorced, Beheaded, Survived: A Feminist Reinterpretation Of The Wives Of Henry VIII

Karen Lindsey

The women who wed Henry VIII are remembered mainly for the ways their royal marriages ended: divorced, beheaded, died, divorced, beheaded, survived. This book helps to restore full humanity to these six fascinating women by applying the insights of feminist scholarship. Here they appear not as stereotypes, not simply as victims, but as lively, intelligent noblewomen doing their best to survive... read more

The women who wed Henry VIII are remembered mainly for the ways their royal marriages ended: divorced, beheaded, died, divorced, beheaded, survived. This book helps to restore full humanity to these six fascinating women by applying the insights of feminist scholarship. Here they appear not as stereotypes, not simply as victims, but as lively, intelligent noblewomen doing their best to survive... read more

The SAT Word Slam: Rhyme Your Way to a Better Vocabulary and Higher SAT and ACT Scores

Jodi Fodor

The number one way to improve your score on the SAT is by improving your vocabulary. Nothing is more important? Princeton Review Perspicacious. Ubiquitous. Garrulous. Improvident. Solvent. Benevolent. These are the sorts of words that may befuddle you when you take the SAT. What you need is a book that makes these words fun to learn and easy to remember and this one does just that. This clever... read more

The number one way to improve your score on the SAT is by improving your vocabulary. Nothing is more important? Princeton Review Perspicacious. Ubiquitous. Garrulous. Improvident. Solvent. Benevolent. These are the sorts of words that may befuddle you when you take the SAT. What you need is a book that makes these words fun to learn and easy to remember and this one does just that. This clever... read more

Chasing Zebras: The Unofficial Guide to House, M.D.

Barbara Barnett

The richly layered depths of House, M.D. are plumbed in this comprehensive companion to the critically acclaimed Fox television series that has proven to be a study in contradictions as both a straightforward medical procedural and an intricate character drama. Exploring the series’ characters, plotlines, and overarching themes, this definitive fan’s guide provides an intelligent and thoughtfu... read more

The richly layered depths of House, M.D. are plumbed in this comprehensive companion to the critically acclaimed Fox television series that has proven to be a study in contradictions as both a straightforward medical procedural and an intricate character drama. Exploring the series’ characters, plotlines, and overarching themes, this definitive fan’s guide provides an intelligent and thoughtfu... read more

Brand Yourself: How to Create an Identity for a Brilliant Career

David Andrusia, Rick Haskins

Branding is the hottest, most talked about phenomenon in the business world today. For in the ultracompetitive twenty-first century, you need more than talent and hard work to get ahead. How do you brand yourself? By forging an identity that will help you make a dazzling impression and become a star in the career of your dreams. Marketing experts David Andrusia and Rick Haskins have consulted ... read more

Branding is the hottest, most talked about phenomenon in the business world today. For in the ultracompetitive twenty-first century, you need more than talent and hard work to get ahead. How do you brand yourself? By forging an identity that will help you make a dazzling impression and become a star in the career of your dreams. Marketing experts David Andrusia and Rick Haskins have consulted ... read more

Hands Off My Belly: The Pregnant Woman's Survival Guide to Myths, Mothers, and Moods

Shawn A. Tassone

Expectant mothers are virtual magnets for unsolicited advice. Mothers, grandmothers, aunts, sisters, sisters-in-law, new mothers, friends, and even strangers offer what seems to be an endless supply of supposedly authoritative opinions on every aspect of pregnancy: A craving for spicy food denotes a boy. Carrying the baby low denotes a girl. Besides gender predictions, a pregnant woman is also... read more

Expectant mothers are virtual magnets for unsolicited advice. Mothers, grandmothers, aunts, sisters, sisters-in-law, new mothers, friends, and even strangers offer what seems to be an endless supply of supposedly authoritative opinions on every aspect of pregnancy: A craving for spicy food denotes a boy. Carrying the baby low denotes a girl. Besides gender predictions, a pregnant woman is also... read more

Writing Bestselling True Crime and Suspense: Break into the Exciting and Profitable Field of Book, Screenplay, and Television (Writing Guides)

Tom Byrnes

True crime and suspense stories make a killing at the box office, on bestseller lists, and on TV. Both new and experienced writers have found that they can master the special skills required to make crime pay — in book and movie contracts. Writing Bestselling True Crime and Suspense shows how you, too, can:• Find and develop compelling true crime stories from everyday sources• Dig out the fact... read more

True crime and suspense stories make a killing at the box office, on bestseller lists, and on TV. Both new and experienced writers have found that they can master the special skills required to make crime pay — in book and movie contracts. Writing Bestselling True Crime and Suspense shows how you, too, can:• Find and develop compelling true crime stories from everyday sources• Dig out the fact... read more

Writers on Directors (Artist's Choice Book)

Susan Kimberly Gray

A collection of essays and photographs on today's most important filmmakers by writers ranging from Tobias Wolff to Edwidge Danticat

A collection of essays and photographs on today's most important filmmakers by writers ranging from Tobias Wolff to Edwidge Danticat

The Complete Book of Bone Health

Diane L. Schneider Md

This book compiles the latest information about bolstering bones, from prevention to treatment, into a single, easy-to-understand resource. The author, a leading expert on osteoporosis, covers everything you should know about your bones. Using evidence-based research, first-hand stories, and her own experience, she provides practical recommendations to optimize your bone health. Get the facts ... read more

This book compiles the latest information about bolstering bones, from prevention to treatment, into a single, easy-to-understand resource. The author, a leading expert on osteoporosis, covers everything you should know about your bones. Using evidence-based research, first-hand stories, and her own experience, she provides practical recommendations to optimize your bone health. Get the facts ... read more

Taxpertise: The Complete Book of Dirty Little Secrets and Tax Deductions for Small Business the IRS Doesn't Want You to Know (No B.S.)

Bonnie Lee

Taxpayer champion and enrolled agent Bonnie Lee puts the IRS under the microscope and uncovers proven methods, and surprisingly simple strategies to minimize your taxable income, maximize deductions, and, ultimately—add thousands back to your business’ bottom line! Do you owe an insurmountable sum to the IRS? Pay pennies on the dollar. Secret formula the IRS uses to determine an acceptable off... read more

Taxpayer champion and enrolled agent Bonnie Lee puts the IRS under the microscope and uncovers proven methods, and surprisingly simple strategies to minimize your taxable income, maximize deductions, and, ultimately—add thousands back to your business’ bottom line! Do you owe an insurmountable sum to the IRS? Pay pennies on the dollar. Secret formula the IRS uses to determine an acceptable off... read more

Make Up, Don’t Break Up: Finding and Keeping Love for Singles and Couples

Bonnie Eaker Weil

"This is among the most helpful, complete, and positive manuals for saving a relationship that I have seen." -- From the Foreward by Harville Hendrix, PhD Dr. Bonnie has been voted one of America's best therapists by Psychology Today! Bring back the love with Dr. Bonnie's Smart Heart Skills. Falling in love is easy; staying in love is hard. If you've ever yearned for a connection, or are tired... read more

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Trust Your Gut: Heal from IBS and Other Chronic Stomach Problems Without Drugs

Gregory Plotnikoff, Mark B. Weisberg

Do you have an upset stomach that just won’t quit? Do you often feel bloated or live with troubling intestinal pains? Do you constantly ask yourself “ what can I eat and not suffer?” Do you have to know where the nearest bathroom is at all times? Have you been diagnosed with IBS yet still can’t find relief? You might be one of the more than 55 million Americans who needlessly suffer from these... read more

Do you have an upset stomach that just won’t quit? Do you often feel bloated or live with troubling intestinal pains? Do you constantly ask yourself “ what can I eat and not suffer?” Do you have to know where the nearest bathroom is at all times? Have you been diagnosed with IBS yet still can’t find relief? You might be one of the more than 55 million Americans who needlessly suffer from these... read more

Divorce After 50: Your Guide to the Unique Legal and Financial Challenges

Janice Green Attorney

A road map for late-life divorce Divorce can be emotionally devastating at any time, but the emotional and financial challenges are even greater for people who divorce later in life and can face complicated issues of blended families, health care concerns, and retirement planning. Attorney Janice Green brings 30-plus years of experience as a divorce lawyer, and in particular her experience cou... read more

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The Complete Book of International Adoption: A Step by Step Guide to Finding Your Child

Dawn Davenport

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