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Agent Spotlight: Emily Keyes

This week's Agent Spotlight features Emily Keyes of Keyes Agency LLC .
Status: Open to submissions but only on certain days of the month.

EmilyFWD About: “Keyes Agency LLC was founded in 2021 by Emily S. Keyes, formerly of Fuse Literary. She has represented many award-winning titles mainly (but not exclusively) in the realm of children’s literature. She loves finding and nurturing new talent, as well as reading and representing projects that will get readers excited to go to the bookstore. Emily is actively searching for all kinds of children’s literature, as well as select adult projects in genre fiction—so long as it’s not “serious” literature. She is searching for authors and illustrators who will be her coworker for a long career.
Previously she worked at the L. Perkins Agency as a contracts manager and associate agent. Before that, she was a Contracts Administrator at Simon & Schuster for five years.  In 2008, she graduated from New York University’s Center for Publishing. Emily lives in Brooklyn but she can usually be found spending too much time on the internet. For a better idea of who she is and what she represents, follow her on Twitter and Tumblr.” (From the agency website)
About the Agency:
See Emily's Bio above.
Web Presence:
Keyes Agency LLC websute
Life Is An Open Book (Old blog).
Manuscript Wish List.   
Query Tracker.
What She's Looking For:
Genres / Specialties: Middle Grade Fiction, Young Adult Fiction, Graphic NovelsPicture Books, Fantasy, Horror, Women’s Fiction, Science Fiction, Pop Culture and Humor
"In general, Emily is looking for all types of books for young readers and the young at heart. In particular, she wants to foster the joy of reading in kids (so if your goal is to “teach kids stuff,” then she might not be the right fit for you).

In non-fiction, she is looking for non-fiction picture books (though only biographies of individuals who do not already have a book about them), interesting non-fiction for middle grade and young adult readers (particularly from podcasters, YouTubers and those who already have a platform), and select adult non-fiction." (From the agency website)

See Ms. Keyes' Manuscript Wish List  and #MSWL tweets to learn more about what she's looking for. 
What She Isn't Looking For:
Screenplays, Adult Poetry (ie not in a picture book), Genre Romance, Short stories, Erotica (From the agency website)
Editorial Agent?
Dale Lucas, Daka Hermon, Abby Rose, Betty G. Yee, among others.
Query Methods:
E-mail: No.
Snail-Mail: No.
Online-Form: Yes. (She only accepts queries through https://querymanager.com/query/EmilyKeyes )
Submission Guidelines (always verify):
Query through her query manager form
Response Times:
Worth Your Time:
Interviews, Guest Posts, and Podcasts:
Interview at Book Broker (09/2020)
Podcast Interview with Emily Keyes at The Illustration Department (09/2019)
An Interview with Agent Emily Keyes at Jeffe Kennedy (05/2015)
Please see the Keyes agency website for additional contact and query information.
Profile Details:
Last updated: 3/22/2023.
Agent Contacted for Review? Yes.
Last Reviewed By Agent? 5/13/2020

Have any experience with this agent? See something that needs updating? Please leave a comment or e-mail me at natalieiaguirre7(at)gmail(dot)com
Note: These agent profiles focus on agents who accept children's literature. They are not interviews. Please take the time to verify anything you might use here before querying an agent. The information found herein is subject to change.


Kristin said...

Thank you for this Spotlight, Casey! I appreciate the work you put into them each week.

Beth said...

Great spotlight, Casey. Thanks for the watch on the agency - very thought-provoking.

Natalie Aguirre said...

Thanks for another awesome agent spotlight Casey.

Creepy Query Girl said...

thanks so much! On my way to send out another query:)

Stina said...

I didn't realize she had left the agency to work at SS. I'll have to add her to my list for when I start querying again. :)

Eric Steinberg said...

Now at Foreword Literary. Thanks for these wonderful profiles, so useful when querying.

Casey McCormick said...

Thanks Eric. I'll try to get her profile updated soon.