Posted by: Kathy Temean | February 26, 2014

Agent Looking to Build List

emilyforewordForeword Literary is a full-service, hybrid literary agency based in the Silicon Valley with offices throughout the country. They manage a wide variety of clients, from bestsellers to debut authors, working with fiction and non-fiction for children and adults worldwide. Emily S. Keyes is one of those agents located in NYC. Since she is relatively new to Foreword Literary, she would be good to consider. But remember do your homework and make sure you think you are a good fit.

About Emily: Emily 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.

You can find her on Twitter: @esc_key.

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Or on her blog:

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: If your manuscript is amazing, you can send it to with the query and the first ten pages pasted into the body of the email. No attachments.

Amy M. Newman has a nice interview with Emily on her blog. Click here to read.

Hope this helps.

Talk tomorrow,


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