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 currently CLOSED to queries as of July 4th. All unsolicited queries sent to Kari will be deleted unread. We encourage you to check back in 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
Lie to Me by Kaitlin Ward
A Thousand Questions by Saadia Faruqi
Yasmin: The Soccer Star by Saadia Faruqi
Warmaidens by Kelly Coon
The First 7 by Laura Pohl
Lie to Me by Kaitlin Ward
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 children’s books, Kari is interested in character-driven stories, new twists on classic tales, empowering themes, epic fantasy, fresh voices and experiences, inventive mysteries, humor, and magical realism.

In YA, which is near and dear to her heart, Kari is drawn to compelling voices, tight pacing, and clear world-building regardless of whether it’s a space drama, an underground dystopia, a small town, or a big city contemporary. She is open to any genre within YA.

Kari is interested in adult fiction including general fiction; upmarket women’s fiction; intergenerational tales; magical realism; historical dramas; and light-hearted contemporary fiction.

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Non-Fiction

A firm believer that truth can be stranger than fiction, Kari is seeking non-fiction in the following categories:

  • quirky topics;
  • history and biography;
  • pop science and psychology;
  • humor; and
  • parenting.

Most important to her are a concrete platform, an engaging voice, and well-researched material that will broaden readers’ understanding of themselves, the past, and the world around them.

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Kari is NOT looking for:

  • Horror
  • Romance
  • Erotica
  • Memoir
  • Adult Sci-Fi/Fantasy
  • Thrillers
  • Cookbooks
  • Business
  • Spiritual/Religious
  • Poetry
  • Screenplays

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