Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Kathy Palokoff of Savvy Literary

Kathy Palokoff is a literary agent with Savvy Literary.

The agency’s fiction genres of interest include: adventure, fantasy, historical, humor, multicultural, mystery, paranormal, suspense/thriller, upmarket women’s Fiction, young adult, and select literary fiction.

The agency’s nonfiction categories of interest include: advice/relationship, biography, business, diet, health, history, politics, current affairs, how-to, humor, lifestyle, memoir, narrative nonfiction, parenting, religion/spirituality, and true crime.

Kathy apprenticed under Leticia Gomez, the founder of the firm and one of the top ranking literary agents in the United States. Kathy has a long career as a storyteller and promoter of storytellers. Her specialty is working with changemakers who want to inspire others and find a broader platform. She is particularly interested in helping authors whose books represent diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Writer, editor, content developer, brand builder, and marketer, her greatest joy is working directly with authors and watching a book come to life. Her clients describe her as highly empathic while being direct and focused on their success.

She is the co-author of Firestarters: How Innovators, Instigators, and Initiators Can Inspire Your Own Life and Dismissed: Tackling the Biases That Undermine Our Health Care, a March 2023 release by Kensington Publishing. Kathy has written numerous book proposals that have received publisher offers such as: Brilliance Beyond Borders, More Alike Than Different, and Transforming Your Life Through Self Care.

She has acted as the ghostwriter or editor for multiple authors in memoirs, self-help, business books and novels such as Black Sheep: A Blue-Eyed Negro Speaks of Abandonment, Belonging, Racism and Redemption; Overcoming the Darkness: Shining Light on Mental Illness, Trauma and Suicide in Law Enforcement; People Economics: Defining and Measuring the True Value of Human Capital; You’re Already a Wealth Heiress; It’s Always Your Move: Purposeful Progress for Corporate Career Women; The Amazing Adventures of Anything Boy; and Amazing Grace: How My Father Taught Me to Rejoice in the Word of Our Father.

An active writer and editor for decades, Kathy holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from West Virginia University, a master’s in public administration from SUNY at Brockport, and has completed all doctorate courses from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in technical writing and rhetoric. She is currently writing her own first novel, Traveling Fat, and a new business book entitled Customers are Dogs: The Care and Feeding of Your Company’s Best Friend.

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