New Agent Alert: Emily Forney of BookEnds Literary Agency

New literary agent alerts (with this spotlight featuring Emily Forney of BookEnds Literary Agency) are golden opportunities for new writers because each one is a literary agent who is likely building his or her client list.
Author:
Publish date:

As a self-proclaimed decent writer and the ultimate fangirl of genre fiction, Emily Forney started her publishing career as an editorial assistant for literary journals in college, freelanced for feminist and pop culture presses, and worked as a fiction editor for a small popular fiction press. 

Emily Forney

Emily Forney

She earned her MFA in Creative Writing from Northern Arizona University, where she specialized in YA and speculative fiction. After studying as a publishing and editorial fellow for the LA Review of Books, she joined BookEnds Literary agency as an associate agent.

(20 literary agents actively seeking writers and their writing.)

Emily is currently seeking out kid lit, picture books, MG, YA, and adult fiction. She is especially looking for stories by Black authors that celebrate Black joy and love.

Currently Seeking

In picture books:

  • Whimsical and fun adventure stories that allow for the setting and the world around the characters to play just as important of a role.
  • Progressive stories about childhood strength, trauma, and identity.
  • Something spooky, maybe a little dark humor, and child appropriate fantasy.

In middle grade fiction:

  • Historical fiction that turns typical histories on their head and write about "hidden" stories with plenty of humor and whimsy.
  • Paranormal and fantasy stories with conventional twists and character driven narratives.
  • Contemporary stories by BIPOC that explore culture and life, without focusing on trauma as a single identifier.
emily_forney_of_bookends_literary_new_agent_alert

In YA fiction:

  • Warm romances that capture the magic of teenage summer nights, road trips, and summer camps.
  • Paranormal and fantasy stories with solid world building and romantic twists.
  • Contemporary romances and contemporary stories that delve into how digital media affects social activism for young people.
  • LGBTQI+ stories that don't use identity as a plot twist.

In adult fiction:

  • Fantasy stories that flip traditional tropes.
  • Historical fiction centered outside of modern and contemporary eras. I like ancient worlds, Renaissance times, and unique story arcs that don't have to do with wars with modern technology.
  • Chick-lit made for reading on the beach to escape hot summer days.

How to Submit

Please submit your query letter, synopsis, and optional page samples to my QueryManager account

You can also check out my calls for submissions and my updated wish list on my Twitter @emilykaitlinnn.

*****

how to catch an agent first pages

Writing strong first pages requires a great hook, a strong voice, and a clear premise. The first sentence should immediately catch the reader's attention, while the subsequent text should leave the reader wanting to dive further into the pages of the manuscript. But making the first pages of your story absolutely un-putdownable takes practice, patience, revision, and an eye for detail. Which is why we're here: to discuss what to do (and not to do) to make your opening pages stand out.

Click to continue.

Waist vs. Waste (Grammar Rules)

Waist vs. Waste (Grammar Rules)

Learn the differences of waist vs. waste on with Grammar Rules from the Writer's Digest editors, including a few examples of correct usages.

Bridget Foley: On Writing Psychologically Potent Metaphors

Bridget Foley: On Writing Psychologically Potent Metaphors

Novelist Bridget Foley explains the seed that grew into her latest book Just Get Home and how she stayed hopeful in the face of rejection.

April PAD Challenge

2021 April PAD Challenge: Day 12

Write a poem every day of April with the 2021 April Poem-A-Day Challenge. For today's prompt, write a six words poem.

What Is a Pantser in Writing?

What Is a Pantser in Writing?

The world of storytelling can be broken into many categories and sub-categories, but one division is between pantser and plotter. Learn what a pantser means in writing and how they differ from plotters here.

Too Seen: The Intimacy of Copy Editing

Too Seen: The Intimacy of Copy Editing

Novelist A.E. Osworth discusses their experience working with a copyeditor for their novel We Are Watching Eliza Bright and how the experience made them feel Witnessed.

writer's digest wd presents

WD Presents: From Our Readers Announcement, Upcoming Webinars, and more!

This week, we’re excited to announce a call for From Our Readers submissions, a webinar on crafting expert query letters, and more!

April PAD Challenge

2021 April PAD Challenge: Day 11

Write a poem every day of April with the 2021 April Poem-A-Day Challenge. For today's prompt, write a prime number poem.

Stephanie Dray: On Writing Women's Legacies

Stephanie Dray: On Writing Women's Legacies

Bestselling and award-winning author Stephanie Dray shares how she selects the historical figures that she features in her novels and how she came to see the whole of her character's legacies.

From Script

Taking Note of the Structure of WandaVision and Breaking in Outside of Hollywood (From Script)

In this week’s round-up from ScriptMag.com, learn about the storytelling techniques used in the nine-part Disney+ series "WandaVision," outlining tips for writing a horror script, and breaking in outside of Hollywood as a writer and filmmaker.