12 years


Full Circle Literary

Taylor Martindale Kean

Taylor Martindale Kean is a literary agent with Full Circle Literary, actively acquiring fiction and non-fiction projects. She is a graduate of The College of William and Mary, where she studied English and Hispanic Studies.

Taylor is looking for young adult fiction, literary middle grade fiction, and young adult and middle grade nonfiction. She is interested in finding unique and unforgettable voices in contemporary, fantasy, historical and magical realism novels. She is looking for books that demand to be read. More than anything, Taylor is looking for diverse, character-driven stories that bring their worlds vividly to life, and voices that are honest, original and interesting. When considering non-fiction projects, Taylor uses much the same approach, and hopes to find authors with fresh ideas and perspectives, with writing that is accessible, entertaining, and compelling. Clients include: Emery Lord, Anna-Marie McLemore, Aisha Saeed, Diana Rodriguez Wallach, Lois Miner Huey, Tim Bradley, and more. When not working, Taylor can be found traveling, cooking, spending time with loved ones, or (surprise!) lost in a good book.

Some of her clients’ recently published books include:
-Emery Lord’s When We Collided (Bloomsbury)—winner of the 2017 Schneider Book Award!
-William C. Morris YA Debut Award Finalist Anna-Marie McLemore’s second novel, When the Moon Was Ours (Macmillan)—a 2017 Stonewall Book Award Honor, and long listed for the 2016 National Book Award!
-Sally J. Pla’s debut middle grade The Someday Birds (HarperCollins Children’s)


    • Magical Realism in Middle Grade and Young Adult
    • Young Adult fantasy with grounded and compelling world building, diverse casts, and that has smart and savvy heroes and heroines
    • All Young Adult and Middle Grade fiction with characters who are engaging, imperfect and diverse
    • Young Adult and Middle Grade nonfiction that explores untold stories and previously unexplored topics
    • A novel that deals with a family living in the aftermath of a serious crime


Taylor will be on faculty at the following conferences:


Latest Deal

Aisha Saeed’s debut picture book BILAL COOKS DAAL, about a boy who teaches his friends how to cook a favorite meal that requires patience, and then shares it with his community, to be illustrated by Anoosha Syed. Sold to Salaam Reads, for 2019 publication, by Taylor Martindale Kean.

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