Kari Sutherland, Agent

Kari Sutherland

Kari Sutherland, Agent

Kari Sutherland joined the Bradford Literary Agency in 2017 after a decade of experience in publishing from the editorial side. Previously a Senior Editor at HarperCollins Children’s Books, she has worked with bestselling and critically acclaimed authors on projects such as the #1 New York Times bestselling Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard and the #1 New York Times bestselling Pretty Little Liars series by Sara Shepard. She graduated from Williams College with a B.A. in English and Psychology, which she considers the perfect combination for working with authors on character and plot development. With her editorial insight and experience with the entire publishing process, Kari is passionate about helping to polish each manuscript and equip her clients for success.

**Unfortunately, Kari is CLOSED to all submissions as of August 20th, 2021. Please check back again at a later date.

A Thousand Questions by Saadia Faruqi
Yasmin: The Soccer Star by Saadia Faruqi
Warmaidens by Kelly Coon
The First 7 by Laura Pohl
Horace and Bunwinkle by PJ Gardner
A Thousand Questions by Saadia Faruqi
Yasmin: The Soccer Star by Saadia Faruqi
Warmaidens by Kelly Coon
The First 7 by Laura Pohl
Horace and Bunwinkle by PJ Gardner
Open to genres from picture books through adult, Kari is most interested in finding stories full of heart; ones that carry readers to faraway places or deep into a character’s mind; action-packed page-turners that surprise her; dark dramas with touches of humor; and, above all, a voice that leaps off the page. She is actively seeking diverse voices across all genres:
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Fiction

In picture books and chapter books, Kari is interested in character-driven stories; inventive takes on today’s world; empowering themes; underrepresented voices; STEAM-based stories; and humor. Her main signing focus right now is on author-illustrators or illustrators.

In middle grade and YA, Kari is drawn to compelling voices, tight pacing, and clear world-building across any genre. She loves adventure stories; fantasy that feels new, particularly non-Western settings; contemporary friendship/romance/dramas; suspenseful, atmospheric tales that end (mostly) happily…or not; positive depictions of friendships; messy family dynamics and also joyful ones; witty banter or voices with an edge; heartfelt pining and more seasoned second and third loves; unique takes on an old tale—especially for non-Western legends; and stories that weave in what affects kids today—including but not limited to issues of social justice, climate change, social media pressures, and the pros/cons of technology; graphic novels.

In adult fiction, Kari is seeking upmarket women’s fiction with an engaging voice; suspenseful/Gothic psychological tales with a preference for marginalized voices; intergenerational sagas; touches of magic; and international settings.

 

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Non-Fiction

Kari is focusing on children’s non-fiction and is not seeking adult titles. She is specifically looking for non-fiction appropriate for ages 0-18 in these key areas of interest: science; history (particularly if it’s relevant to today’s world or is an untold story); information analysis (i.e. how to tell fact from fiction); beauty/health (how to tackle makeup, menstruation, etc.); quirky explorations of topics (Mary Roach for kids); and environmental issues.

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Kari is NOT looking for:

  • Adult non-fiction

  • Adult SFF

  • Horror (unless it’s Gothic/suspense without gore)

  • Memoir

  • Mysteries/Thrillers (cozy, military/spy/political, etc.)

  • Poetry

  • Romance/Erotica

  • Screenplays

  • Spiritual/Religious

For fiction and non-fiction, see our agency submission guidelines.