Sara Keane has worked in the publishing industry for over 30 years, in both the UK and Spain. She started her career as a graduate trainee at Oxford University Press, and subsequently worked in editorial and production roles for a variety of book, audiovisual and magazine publishers in Spain, including a stint at Hello! magazine. Back in the UK she consolidated her publishing career working in rights acquisition and list management for the audio and large print subsidiary of BBC Worldwide, where she headed up several imprints and forged close working relationships across the industry. Since co-founding Keane Kataria Literary Agency in 2014, Sara has worked with a wide range of authors, with a particular emphasis on commercial women's fiction, historical fiction, dual timeline and cosy crime. The authors she represents include Lucy Coleman, Claire Heywood, Fay Keenan, Fiona Veitch Smith and Alexandra Walsh.
Kiran Kataria has worked in publishing for over 30 years, around half of those involved in selling rights of almost every kind for both publishers and literary agencies. At Macmillan she sold book club, translation, digest, reprint, large print and audio rights amongst others, and for the Murray Pollinger Literary Agency and Severn House she sold translation, large print and audio rights. After a 14-year stint on the other side of the rights transaction as audio commissioning editor at BBC Audiobooks, she co-founded Keane Kataria Literary Agency with Sara Keane. While they both work in the general area of commercial women's fiction, covering contemporary romance, historical/dual-timeline fiction and cosy crime, Kiran also has a particular interest in saga fiction, with WW2 settings well represented. The authors she represents include Jan Casey, Jenny Kane, Judy Leigh, Rosie Meddon and Beth Moran.
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