Molly Ker Hawn

Molly Ker Hawn

Literary Agent

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Pronouns: She/her

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  • Young adult fiction
  • Middle grade fiction
  • Non-fiction for ages 8-18
  • Graphic novels for ages 8-18

About Molly

I joined the Bent Agency in 2011 and lead our London office, where I work with authors from all over the world, selling directly to publishers in the US, the UK, Canada, and Australia. I’ve bounced back and forth from America to England since I was a teenager: I grew up in Northern California, lived for a time in the West Country, read English at Cambridge University, spent many years in New York City, and now live a few steps from the River Thames. Since I became an agent, I’ve represented New York Times and Sunday Times bestsellers and books that have won and been shortlisted for the Costa Children’s Book Award, the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize, the William C. Morris YA Debut Award, the Carnegie Medal, the Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis, and more.

If you’ve got a terrific story, well-told, I want to read it.

I’m looking for middle grade and young adult fiction and graphic novels that are inventive, well-crafted, and rich with emotion. I’m also interested in non-fiction for readers ages 8–18. I like wit, but not snark; I prefer books that lean more toward literary than commercial, but of course, my perfect book neatly bridges the two. The fiction on my list all has a strong sense of authentic place, whether real or imaginary; I’m not the right agent for books with animal protagonists. Except maybe cats.

I’m particularly interested in hearing writers from underrepresented communities.

I’m honored to have been elected to the governing committee of the Association of Authors’ Agents and named one of The Bookseller‘s 150 most influential people in the UK publishing industry.

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