Monday, February 22, 2016

New literary agent at Emma Sweeney Agency seeks literary & commercial fiction and nonfiction

Emma Sweeney Agency 
245 East 80th Street, Suite 7E
New York, NY 10075-0506
Tel: 646.827.4381

Emma Sweeney Agency is a small literary agency based in New York City. Here’s what they have to say about themselves:

Emma Sweeney Agency LLC was formed in 2006 and is a boutique literary agency based in New York City. We've had eight New York Times bestsellers, including At the Water's Edge, Mrs Poe, In The Shadow of the Banyan, How It All Began, Water for Elephants, Ape House, Making Rounds with Oscar, and The Joy of Living. Our authors have won The Booker Prize and the American Book Award, been short-listed for the Orange Prize, and are Guggenheim Fellows as well as the recipients of NEA grants. 

We specialize in general fiction, historical fiction and narrative nonfiction projects including memoir, history, science and religion. We work with co-agents in every territory, from the UK and Australia to Germany, Spain, France, Italy, eastern Europe, and Asia, and make dozens of foreign rights sales (as well as audio and first serial sales) for our clients every year.

Principal agent Emma Sweeney is also an author, whose books include Tuplipa (Artisan, 2000) and As Always, Jack (Little, Brown 2002; Back Bay Books 2003; Axios Press 2012).

Margaret Sutherland Brown has recently joined the agency, and like all new agents, she needs authors. Margaret previously worked as an associate editor at Thomas Dunne Books / St. Martin’s Press and as a freelance editor.

Margaret is seeking commercial and literary fiction, mysteries and thriller, narrative nonfiction, lifestyle books and cookbooks.

Query Margaret at:
Paste the first ten pages of your proposal or novel into the text of your email. No attachments. Full guidelines here.

Literary agent Rachel Letofsky
Brian Henry will lead a How to Get Published workshop on Saturday, Feb 27, in Brampton with Martha Webb of the McDermid Agency (see here). Also, Brian will be part of the Windsor International Writers’ Festival May 5 – 8, where he’ll be leading Writing Query Letters that Get a Yes and a Query Letter Clinic (see here).

Brian will lead Writing for Children & for Young Adults workshops on Saturday, March 5, in Burlington, with literary agent Monica Pacheco and author Jennifer Mook-Sang (see here), on Saturday, Apr 2, in Barrie, with literary agent Rachel Letofsky (see here), on Saturday, April 30, in Guelph, with Yasemin Uçar, senior editor, Kids Can Press and authors Jennifer Mook-Sang and Kira Vermond (see here), and Sunday, May 29, in Ottawa with acclaimed author Alan Cumyn (see here).

Other upcoming workshops include  Writing With Style, Saturday, March 12, in Oakville (see here), Writing Your Life, Saturday, March 16, in Caledon (see here) and Saturday, April 16 in London (see here).

For more information or to register, email:

But the best way to grow as a writer or to get your manuscript ready for publication may be with a weekly class. This spring, Brian will be offering a full range of courses from beginners to more experienced. See details of all six classes starting this spring here.
Author Kira Vermond
“Exploring Creative Writing,” Tuesday afternoons, April 19 – June 21, in Burlington (see here)
“Writing Personal Stories,” Wednesday mornings, April 27 – June 15, in Mississauga (see here)
“Next Step in Creative Writing,” Wednesday evenings, April 13 – June 15, in Burlington (see here)
“Next Step in Creative Writing,” Thursday afternoons, April 21 – June 23, in Oakville (see here)
“Intermediate Creative Writing,” Thursday evenings, April 14 – June 23, in Georgetown (see here)
“Intensive Creative Writing,” Wednesday afternoons, March 30 – June 15, in Burlington

Read reviews of Brian’s courses and workshops here.
To register or for more information for any class or workshop, email:

See Brian’s full schedule here, including writing workshops and creative writing courses in Algonquin Park, Alton, Barrie, Bracebridge, Brampton, Burlington, Caledon, Collingwood, Georgetown, Guelph, Hamilton, Ingersoll, Kingston, Kitchener, London, Midland, Mississauga, Newmarket, Orillia, Oakville, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, St. John, NB, Sudbury, Thessalon, Toronto, Windsor, Halton, Ingersoll, Kitchener-Waterloo, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

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