Emily S. Keyes 😷

Literary Agent

Founder of the Keyes Agency, LLC. Bookish. Short. Invisible Disability. Brooklyn, NY. She/her

Emily S. Keyes 😷
@esc_key
Literary Agent
Founder of the Keyes Agency, LLC. Bookish. Short. Invisible Disability. Brooklyn, NY. She/her
86 MSWL
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I myself am particularly interested in Maya, Aztec and Egyptian mythology. But would LOVE to learn more about others.

Emily S. Keyes 😷
@esc_key
Literary Agent
Founder of the Keyes Agency, LLC. Bookish. Short. Invisible Disability. Brooklyn, NY. She/her
86 MSWL
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tl;dr When I took a fantasy literature class in college, it started with British folklore, then King Arthur then LOTR. These are still the foundations of most fantasy stories. Why?

Emily S. Keyes 😷
@esc_key
Literary Agent
Founder of the Keyes Agency, LLC. Bookish. Short. Invisible Disability. Brooklyn, NY. She/her
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I'd also love to see historical fantasy (which is hard because you have to world build AND do tons of research, I know) about very specific times and places that aren't England during medieval times.

Emily S. Keyes 😷
@esc_key
Literary Agent
Founder of the Keyes Agency, LLC. Bookish. Short. Invisible Disability. Brooklyn, NY. She/her
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So I would love to see new new tropes emerge to decolonize the genre (both kidlit and adult). Or even to turn those traditions on their head. One book I offered on and still wish I got to rep was THE STAR TOUCHED QUEEN by @Roshani_Chokshi which mixed Indian and Greek mythology

Emily S. Keyes 😷
@esc_key
Literary Agent
Founder of the Keyes Agency, LLC. Bookish. Short. Invisible Disability. Brooklyn, NY. She/her
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Further, our fantasy now is very heavily influenced by Tolkien and he set out specifically to write a "mythology for England". And what I'd love to see is a "mythology of [X non-western] country." (2/?)

Emily S. Keyes 😷
@esc_key
Literary Agent
Founder of the Keyes Agency, LLC. Bookish. Short. Invisible Disability. Brooklyn, NY. She/her
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An update to an on-going #MSWL. I love non-western fantasy. And some people seem to think "just making it up" is non-western. It's not. So much of the fantasy we are familiar with is rooted in European folklore (fairies, dwarves, etc). 1/?

Emily S. Keyes 😷
@esc_key
Literary Agent
Founder of the Keyes Agency, LLC. Bookish. Short. Invisible Disability. Brooklyn, NY. She/her
86 MSWL
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Emily S. Keyes 😷
@esc_key
Literary Agent
Founder of the Keyes Agency, LLC. Bookish. Short. Invisible Disability. Brooklyn, NY. She/her
86 MSWL
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Happy New Year, all! I am officially open to queries again. Be gentle with me! querymanager.com/query/EmilyKey…

Emily S. Keyes 😷
@esc_key
Literary Agent
Founder of the Keyes Agency, LLC. Bookish. Short. Invisible Disability. Brooklyn, NY. She/her
86 MSWL
1 AskAgent
36 Tips
Emily S. Keyes 😷
@esc_key
Literary Agent
Founder of the Keyes Agency, LLC. Bookish. Short. Invisible Disability. Brooklyn, NY. She/her
86 MSWL
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#mswl MG or YA NF on "lies" taught in schools (particularly interested in the Civil War, myself. Immigration also a good topic). In honor of James Loewen.

Emily S. Keyes 😷
@esc_key
Literary Agent
Founder of the Keyes Agency, LLC. Bookish. Short. Invisible Disability. Brooklyn, NY. She/her
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The Olympics have reminded me. I always want GIRLS in sports. Especially in #MG. #YA okay too. Wacky teams are even better, like "the Breakaways". Maybe the kid isn't "good" but really likes it anyway? Just spitballin'. #mswl

Emily S. Keyes 😷
@esc_key
Literary Agent
Founder of the Keyes Agency, LLC. Bookish. Short. Invisible Disability. Brooklyn, NY. She/her
86 MSWL
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My MerMay #mswl: adorable PB with synchronized swimming mermaids. Adult feminist horror about douchebags who go on boys’ fishing trip and scary mermaid who hunts them. That is all.

Emily S. Keyes 😷
@esc_key
Literary Agent
Founder of the Keyes Agency, LLC. Bookish. Short. Invisible Disability. Brooklyn, NY. She/her
86 MSWL
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Emily S. Keyes 😷
@esc_key
Literary Agent
Founder of the Keyes Agency, LLC. Bookish. Short. Invisible Disability. Brooklyn, NY. She/her
86 MSWL
1 AskAgent
36 Tips
Emily S. Keyes 😷
@esc_key
Literary Agent
Founder of the Keyes Agency, LLC. Bookish. Short. Invisible Disability. Brooklyn, NY. She/her
86 MSWL
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And, like everyone other publishing person in the world, I would like more graphic novels. (There were two I was very excited about that went to other agents. Sad trombone.) Particularly about MG kids doing fun things? This is vague. #mswl

Emily S. Keyes 😷
@esc_key
Literary Agent
Founder of the Keyes Agency, LLC. Bookish. Short. Invisible Disability. Brooklyn, NY. She/her
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Not those "episode of the week", let's learn to be nice to people who have disabilities. I want the cool fun stuff they get to do after people stop being jerks! #mswl This also applies for POC, LGBTQIA and other groups that usually have "issue books." JOY BOOKS.

Emily S. Keyes 😷
@esc_key
Literary Agent
Founder of the Keyes Agency, LLC. Bookish. Short. Invisible Disability. Brooklyn, NY. She/her
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I guess I should post some #MSWL? I'm still a bit ~fragile~ since I'm having a lot of symptoms from my chronic illness. What I want is to find something joyous in my inbox. Especially, I was thinking last night, about people with disabilities or illness.

Emily S. Keyes 😷
@esc_key
Literary Agent
Founder of the Keyes Agency, LLC. Bookish. Short. Invisible Disability. Brooklyn, NY. She/her
86 MSWL
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As promised, I am opening to queries again today. QueryManager.com/EmilyKeyes I hope I'm not jinxing it by opening before the ceremony. But I am feeling hopeful and it's been awhile.

Emily S. Keyes 😷
@esc_key
Literary Agent
Founder of the Keyes Agency, LLC. Bookish. Short. Invisible Disability. Brooklyn, NY. She/her
86 MSWL
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Why some of Kamala Harris' biggest fans are in Canada mercurynews.com/2019/05/07/kam… via @mercnews @boogiedownbooks pointed me to this article about teen Kamala's protest with her sister. Ooh. I love teen activists. #MSWL