Kelly Van Sant

kt literary agency

Kelly Van Sant has almost two decades 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. She quickly gained expertise in subsidiary rights management, with focuses on audio rights, foreign rights, and permissions. After relocating to Minnesota, Kelly joined Llewellyn Worldwide as their Contracts Manager across all three imprints and then moved to Quarto Publishing Group USA where she led the contract department. She has worked as a freelance editor with various publishers and is a teaching artist at the Loft Literary Center. She used to blog about writing and the publishing industry at Pub(lishing) Crawl and co-hosted their weekly podcast. Kelly's career came full circle when she realized that her true passion was advocating on behalf of authors and creatives. She is now an agent and contracts manager at KT Literary and actively building her list.

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Subject Focus

Fiction: Debut
Fiction: Mystery/Crime
Fiction: Paranormal
Fiction: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Fiction: Thriller
Fiction: Women’s/Romance
Fiction: General/Other Fiction
NF: Illustrated/Art
NF: Religion/Spirituality
Children’s: Middle Grade Fiction
Children’s: Young Adult Fiction
Children's: Fantasy


18 years total in the industry in various roles at both agencies and publishers, 7 years representing my own list of clients

Years of Industry Experience


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