Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Kathleen Ortiz of New Leaf Literary

Screen Shot 2017-11-06 at 8.07.05 PM.pngKathleen Ortiz is a literary agent at New Leaf Literary & Media, Inc. She is actively seeking to sign more authors and illustrators, specifically nonfiction and animator/illustrator talent.

Kathleen has nearly a decade of experience in the industry, both as an agent and licensing expert. She focuses on a diverse list of picture books, young adult books, and heavily-illustrated nonfiction titles, especially titles that can make her laugh out loud (bonus points if to the point of tears or snorting!). Her passion for travel (visited 17 countries and counting) strongly connects her with a book that exposes the reader to a lifestyle or world outside of their own every day life.

On the nonfiction side, she’s specifically looking for prescriptive (especially geared toward parents, millenials and generation z), memoir, pop culture, and illustrated.

For both fiction and non-fiction, Kathleen loves looking beyond the book – while the story is most important, she likes to find other opportunities for her clients to help expand their platform and compliment their books. She’s worked in licensing everything from stationery to calendars to greeting cards and more.


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