This is a spotlight on literary agent Emily Keyes, who recently moved to the new agency of Foreword Literary. (She was previously with L. Perkins Associates.) Read below to learn more about her and the genres she seeks from writers. Good luck querying!
About Emily: Emily S. Keyes joined Foreword Literary in 2013 after working as an agent at the L. Perkins Agency for 2 years. Before entering the world of agenting, she worked in the contracts department of Simon & Schuster, Inc and graduated from New York University’s Center for Publishing. She uses her knowledge of contracts, copyright and the publishing business to benefit her clients and the Foreword team. Find her on Twitter: @esc_key.
She is seeking: Emily is a particular lover of all types of young adult and middle grade books. She wants to represent the kind of stories that will resonate with kids for the rest of their lives. She loves strong voices and unique characters, not knock-offs or trend chasers. Some of her favorite authors include Deb Caletti, Laurie Halse Anderson, Gary D. Schmidt, and Megan Whalen Turner. She thinks books are best when they make you laugh and cry.
Emily is also looking for a select list of commercial fiction which includes fantasy & science fiction, women’s fiction, new adult fiction, along with pop culture and humor titles. She is not looking for poetry, short stories, picture books or anything that is “publishable” and not amazing.
How to submit: [Sorry for the bad news as I update this post, but there's some strange conflicting things going on. According to Emily's Foreword page here, she is open to queries. But then writers started reading this post and contacting her, only to receive auto-replies saying she's closed to queries until the beginning of 2014. So I'll leave the post up -- because if she sounds like an interesting target for your work, jot down her info and query her in two months when 2014 begins. Sorry about this. Her contact info is on her Foreword page.]
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