Kat Enright, (they/them), is a writer of fantasy and sci-fi, as well as a freelance editor. They were previously an Associate Agent at the Seymour Agency, and they have worked in a variety of departments in publishing, including Sales and Editorial at Skyhorse Publishing. When Kat is not working, they are often found playing video games, cooking, or exploring their newfound love of cocktails. They live in New Jersey with their husband and their black cat, Zuko. They are represented by Jennifer Azantian of the Azantian Literary Agency.
I’ve worked in publishing, both in-house as an editor and as a literary agent. Due to health concerns, I had to leave agenting at the start of 2020. Since then, I’ve been running my own freelance editorial business, offering feedback on full manuscripts and querying materials.
From the writer’s perspective, I’ve been writing with the intent for publication since around 2014. I wrote three novels before I started querying, learning all that I could from them and then sliding them into the trunk where they belong. With the help of my amazing CPs (shoutout to my Guillotine Queens), I revised and revised and revised my fourth novel, eventually sending it out into the trenches in 2019. A few months later I had an offer, which quickly became two offers, and I signed with the incomparable Jennifer Azantian in July 2019. Since then, we’ve done MORE EDITS, and went out on submission in 2020.
Outside of my professional experience, I am part of an amazing writing group, the Guillotine Queens. We have 11 members, and we communicate through slack, video chats, and in-person retreats. The GQ have given me the support I’ve needed to continue working on my craft, and they have been there through all the ups and downs of my publishing journey so far. I could not have done what I have done without them, because in this field, you really need a team in your corner. And having people you trust, who will give you sympathy when you’re hurting and a kick in the butt when you need it, is key.
As a member of both the publishing and writing community, and as a person who lives on the intersection of several marginalizations, I know how difficult this path can be. I want to use my knowledge and my successes to continue lifting up voices who have not had the opportunities that I’ve had.
Refining your craft is difficult, but it is only the first step in the path towards publication. There are many other trials to be faced, and I want to be able to help my mentee navigate that minefield, from getting their manuscript submission ready through finding an agent and beyond.
I love stories in all their forms, and one of my favorite pastimes is studying them, looking for what is working and what is not working, especially across formats. (Why do certain things work well in film, but not in a novel?) As an editor, I find the holes and I poke at them, making you think about potential solutions. I don’t believe in prescriptive suggestions – if something doesn’t work for you, please, push back. It’s your story, and only you can know what is best. I am happy to help you come up with ideas, but I will never force you to implement them.
- Magical Realism/Fabulism
- Urban/Contemporary Fantasy
There are not any really tropes that I hate—I’m a lover of tropes, all I want is to see them done well. After all, it’s all in the execution.
I’m open to all kinds of fantasy in the adult sphere. If you’ve got magic, regardless of setting, I’m in. Also, I am not looking for a perfect manuscript–I am looking for manuscripts with potential and mentees who are willing to put in the hard work to take it to the next level.
I WILL PROVIDE:
- Edit Letter (Big Picture developmental feedback)
- Line edit (dropping notes into a Word Document)
- Skype or phone call
- Freestyle in chat
My mentoring style would be heavily based on communication. I believe, as an editor, that my job is not to make my mentee’s book what I think it should be, but to help them achieve their vision. I will work with you to flesh out what you are hoping to achieve with this story, then come up with a game plan that will help you achieve these goals in concrete, clear steps.
I will offer a detailed edit letter and in-line comments, but I will also be available to talk—via zoom or DM—and help you work through the changes I have requested. My mentoring style will be supportive, as I will be there to help you through the difficult parts, but I will still push you to be the best that you can be.
My ideal mentee is someone who is heavily interested in their craft. Though I am by no means the expert on all things writing, I am constantly striving to improve my own skills. I want to work with someone who has the same drive. This includes doing homework—whether we are reading craft books or examining books that are similar to ours, studying them to see what they did right. This includes digging down deep into the ideas you’re playing with—not just the plot and the characters, but the whys behind it all. This includes exploring different methodologies to discover what works best for your process—is it the three act or the four act structure? Do you prefer loose outlines or hard outlines? If this process appeals to you, then we will be a good fit. Writing is a craft, and I treat it as such.
(But also, we shouldn’t lose sight of the fact that it is fun! We tell these stories because they are what we want to see. I will just help you get better at doing that).
Please send me magic – give me fantasy, science fantasy, horror. Add in a scorching romance, lush writing, and/or gothic elements and I’m hooked. I’m looking for your morally grey, your complicated leads, your complex characters in complex worlds, your disastrous romances, and your twisted politics.
Within the realm of fantasy, I am open to every subgenre. From high to low, from contemporary to secondary world, historical to paranormal. I particularly love dark fantasy and unusual magic, gods and monsters, magic like alchemy and magic that is ephemeral.
Other things I’d love to see include stories with nonbinary and trans characters, anything that comps to CRIMSON PEAK, and anything that draws on a typically underrepresented culture or setting by underrepresented writers.
DO NOT SEND ME:
Sadly, I am not the best fit for the following tales:
- Portal Fantasy
- Time Travel
- Hard Sci-Fi (How does the hyperdrive work? Very well, thank you.)
- Stories with Angels (Unless they are creepy. If you’re going full biblical, we can talk.)
- Stories centered around eating disorders (sorry, it’s a trigger for me.)
- Animal Protagonists
A few of my recent favorite books:
- THE DAEVABAD TRILOGY
- GIDEON THE NINTH
- THE TETHERED MAGE
- SPINNING SILVER
- MAGIC FOR LIARS
- AN UNKINDNESS OF MAGICIANS
- THE GREENHALLOW Duology
- YELLOW JESSAMINE
- THE UNSPOKEN NAME
- THE LAST JEDI (come at me, bro)
- CRIMSON PEAK
- THOR: RAGNAROK
- FIRE EMBLEM: THREE HOUSES
- FINAL FANTASY: XV
- ASSASSIN’S CREED: ODYSSEY
- DRAGON AGE (all of them, but especially Inquisition)
- MASS EFFECT