2024 Publishing Consultation – Kara Watson


Reserve an individual session with Kara to discuss your manuscript.

You’ll be invited prior to the conference to schedule your appointment and submit an excerpt from your manuscript. Time-slots are limited. Reserve early.

We ask that you sign up for not more than three total individual sessions, including pitch, critique and consultations. These sessions are held during the conference and are available only to conference attendees.

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Individual Consultations with Kara Watson.


Kara Watson, Executive Editor of Simon & Schuster, is interested in acquiring literary and book club fiction, suspense, memoir, narrative and practical nonfiction, and books about food and wine. Recent titles include the New York Times bestseller Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane, The Women in Black by Madeleine St John, The Startup Wife by Tahmima Anam, and Yours Cheerfully by AJ Pearce. Forthcoming projects include novels by Ethan Joella, Kate Manning, Joanna Cannon, and Jen Beagin; Anonymous Sex, edited by Hillary Jordan and Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan; Every Deep-Drawn Breath by Dr. Wes Ely; How to Talk When Kids Won’t Listen by Joanna Faber and Julie King. Kara also works with Melissa Broder, Andrea Lee, Carole Johnstone, Liv Stratman, Carol Edgarian, Margareta Magnusson, Katy Butler, Dr. Wendy Mogel, Kristin Kimball, Megan Mayhew Bergman, Anne Willan, Shirley Corriher, and Tamar Adler, and oversees the F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway catalogs, as well as other key Scribner backlist.