Katie spent the last 25 years at HarperCollins in a variety of roles including Group Rights Director, Managing Director of Collins non-fiction and senior positions in William Collins and 4th Estate, Fiction and Children’s. She was Executive Producer on Channel 4’s 2019 critically acclaimed TV adaptation of the much loved classic The Tiger Who Came To Tea by Judith Kerr which was awarded an international Emmy. Her extensive and varied experience across a range of publishing and rights management, puts her in a unique position to be able to work with an author to offer representation and guidance across all media and in all markets.
As a new (ish) agent, she is looking for authors in both non-fiction and fiction. In non-fiction she is looking for memoirs with a strong narrative voice, and ideas based books that offer different ways of thinking about life. Also smart true crime, nature, lifestyle and books around female and family issues from experts, journalists or people with a strong platform who have something new and different to say. Her personal interests are in history, fashion, style and sport so anything in these areas is likely to pique her interest.
In terms of fiction, her interests are broad and varied. She likes contemporary and historical, commercial and reading group fiction but it will nearly always be female led. She is looking for intelligent and hooky crime and thriller, family drama, uplit and bookclub books with big issues and memorable characters with immersive settings. She loves a good romance and is always on the lookout for a sharply written romantic comedy.
She is committed to increasing representation and accessibility in the industry and served as a judge on Owned Voices Novel Award in 2021 and is a mentor for Black Girl Writers. Books that she has read recently and loved include The Great Circle, My Dark Vanessa, The Girl with The Louding Voice, Wahala and Three Hours. Recent non-fiction reads include Empire Of Pain by Patrick Raden Keefe, How To Fail by Elizabeth Day and English Pastoral by James Rebanks.
Please don’t send sci-fi, fantasy or children’s submissions.