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Kate Burke 8

An agent with Blake Friedmann Literary Agency (see other agents at this agency).


Before becoming an agent, I was an editor for ten years, publishing fiction at Penguin, HarperCollins and Random House. In 2012, I made the move across to agenting and worked for six years at Northbank Talent Management before joining Blake Friedmann at the start of 2019. With my background as an editor, I take a hands-on approach to working with authors on their manuscripts, editing and developing their work, with a view to developing long-term writing careers. My list is made up of everything I like to read – gripping fiction featuring characters you can’t get enough of and whom you don’t want to part with at the end of a novel. I love dark stories but also uplifting love stories, too, and I’m keen to work with authors from all over the world. I’m fortunate to represent a list of bestselling crime and thriller writers, and authors of contemporary and historical women’s fiction. I’m always open to submissions of commercial and literary fiction.

Country, Year Established, and Professional Associations

United Kingdom Agent since 2012 Member of AAA

Fiction Open

In terms of what I’m looking for: on the crime side, I love dark thrillers (literary or commercial) that keep me turning the page long into the night and that surprise me with plot twists and interesting narrative structures, crime series featuring new and fresh lead investigators, and high-concept thrillers (contemporary, historical or speculative) that have a ‘what if?’ plot structure and say something about our society now or then. On the women’s fiction side, I love historical fiction that appeals to a reading group market (anything set during or post-WW2 is a particular interest of mine) and contemporary love stories that sweep you away with romance and/or heartbreak. Anything that has a discussable issue at its heart, that sucks you in as a reader and takes you on a rollercoaster emotional journey (tears and laughter!), is what I’m interested in. I would love to find more novels with characters from diverse backgrounds, more millennial voices as well as love stories with more mature protagonists, and novels with foreign settings. In case it’s helpful to know what I don’t represent: no non-fiction, no children’s or young adult books, no science fiction or fantasy, no historical fiction set pre-1800, and no conspiracy or political thrillers, please.

Open to a broad Audience.
General GeneralOpen to all/most Subgenres, including: Cross-Genre, Historical, Women's Fiction.
Mystery/Crime Mystery/CrimeOpen to all/most Subgenres, including: Crime, Historical.
Suspense/Thriller Suspense/ThrillerOpen to all/most Subgenres, including: Historical.
Open to all/most Genres Open to all/most Genres
Open to all/most Styles, including: Literary, Mainstream.
Open to all/most Topics, including: History (History by epoch, See guidelines).
Novel Novel
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Last Updated: 05 Jan 2023
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Date Added: 15 Feb 2018

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