Katharine Sands

Specializes in developmental editing, traditional publication support, marketing and pitch materials, and book proposals

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Katharine Sands is a literary agent, editor, publishing consultant, and content strategist who joined The Editorial Department in 2019 to help our authors hone writing craft and navigate the business of getting (and being) published. She is the editor of Making the Perfect Pitch: How to Catch a Literary Agent’s Eyehas reviewed books for Publishers Weekly, and is a popular speaker at writers’ conferences.

Katharine’s reading interests are highly eclectic in both fiction and nonfiction, and she has a special place in her heart for writers who believe they have the next great story, novel, or project inside yet are clueless where to begin or how to break out from the pack.

“When reading fiction, I want to be compelled and propelled by urgent storytelling and hooked by characters. For memoir, I like to be transported to a world rarely or newly observed. And in nonfiction, I like to work with books that have a clear benefit for readers’ lives in categories of food, travel, lifestyle, home arts, beauty, wisdom, relationships, parenting, and fresh looks, which might address specific issues, life challenges, or popular culture.”

Katharine’s work as a literary agent with the Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency gives her valuable, current insights into what publishers are looking for across a wide range of genres in a marketplace that’s always changing.

Authors looking for an insider’s perspective on the readiness of their work for submission to agents and publishers can expect candid, knowledgeable, and highly constructive feedback along with suggestions to improve the odds of success. When a work is ready, Katharine is happy to help with query letters, synopses, book proposals, and other marketing materials—and also to provide strategic guidance in the effort to land literary representation or help self-published books find their audience.

As a developmental editor, Katharine brings a discerning eye and a nurturing mindset to her work with manuscripts at just about any phase of development. She’s as comfortable consulting on a new book idea or unfinished work in progress as she is helping polish and fine-tune a final draft as the last step before submission.

Katharine is flexible in her approach to reviewing and providing feedback on complete manuscripts, book proposals, submission samples for agents and publishers, and all manner of pitch and marketing materials. Information about service options can be requested by clicking the button below or contacting Ross Browne in the Tucson Office.

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