Kelly Van Sant

Kelly Van Sant has nearly a decade of experience in the publishing industry. She cut her teeth in New York working at esteemed literary agencies such as Writers House and Harold Ober Associates, where she developed an eye for compelling, emotionally resonant stories, honed her editorial skills, and soon grew adept at contract vetting and negotiation. After relocating to Minnesota, Kelly joined Llewellyn Worldwide as their Contracts Manager across all three imprints and then moved to Quarto Publishing Group where she led the contracts department. She is a teaching artist at the Loft Literary Center, and also blogs about the publishing industry at Pub(lishing) Crawl and co-hosts their weekly podcast. She joined D4EO in 2017 and is actively building her client list.

CLOSED TO QUERIES: Kelly is closed to queries and will reopen on January 15th. Any queries sent before that date will be deleted unread.

SUBMISSIONS GUIDELINES: I am actively building a client list and am open to submissions!

I am seeking Middle Grade, Young Adult, and women's fiction across all genres, including fantasy, science fiction, adventure, historical, and contemporary. I love character-driven stories with intricate plots, and am always drawn to explorations of friendship and found family. I am especially interested in #ownvoices and inclusive narratives. I blog more extensively about what I'm seeking and my manuscript wish list at and you can also find me on twitter @bookishchick.

Please send all queries to: with the word QUERY in the subject. 
Please include your query letter and the first chapter of your novel in the body of the email. I respond to all queries within 4 weeks. 


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