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Emma Leong

Literary Agent
Accepting submissions

Emma is a Literary Agent, actively building a list of fiction and non-fiction. Her publishing career started here at Janklow and Nesbit in 2019, having completed degrees in both Law and Psychology. She is editorially focused, representing new writers and keen to build and nurture international careers for them, working very closely with the New York office and Translation Rights team.

Her clients include Chukwuebuka Ibeh, Olivia Petter, Helena Echlin, Rupert Dastur, and on behalf of the US office, Erica Berry, Aisha Muharrar, Katherine Min, to name a few.

I admire novels that are psychologically astute, sensuous, and true to the human condition, where I can feel deeply for its characters and their moral complexities, connecting to readers’ hearts as well as minds. I would love to find a forbidden, unrequited and/or unlikely literary romance: think TRESSPASSES by Louise Kennedy, A LITTLE LIFE by Hanya Yanagihara, or ATONEMENT by Ian McEwan. I’m also drawn to books that never shy away from the all-too-real issues, yet can find the light and play in the chaos: Ruth Ozeki, Percival Everett, and Claire Keegan are perfect examples here. I would love to see anything propulsive, forensic, ripe with suspense and mystery - think Donna Tarrt’s THE SECRET HISTORY, Deborah Levy’s SWIMMING HOME, Margaret Atwood’s THE BLIND ASSASSIN. I also have a real soft spot for coming-of-age stories.

I am also a big lover of stylish, sexy, subversive novels that make a smart nod to modern culture; stories that are utterly relatable and humane. Akwaeke Emezi’s YOU MADE A FOOL OF DEATH WITH YOUR BEAUTY, Raven Leilani’s LUSTER, Coco Mellors’ CLEOPATRA AND FRANKENSTEIN, and Maria Semple’s WHERE D’YA GO BERNADETTE do this brilliantly for me. Hot reads only, please!

I also represent high-quality commercial fiction, firmly believing that, regardless of genre, it always comes down to the writer’s unique way of telling their story. I would particularly like to consider inventive, heart-racing thrillers, in the vein of Gillian Flynn's GONE GIRL or Thomas Harris’ SILENCE OF THE LAMBS, particularly from female and/or underrepresented voices. And page-turners that pull at the heartstrings or see magic in the ordinary, think Mitch Albom’s THE STRANGER IN THE LIFEBOAT, Jojo Moyes’ ME BEFORE YOU, or anything by Emily Henry.

In non-fiction, I focus on books that encourage readers to be kinder to the world they live in, looking for razor-sharp insight and research into the human condition and how we can understand human life. Favourite reads include Susan Cain’s QUIET, Rebecca Solnit’s HOPE IN THE DARK, Cathy Park Hong’s MINOR FEELINGS, Cat Bohannon’s EVE, Sam Knight’s THE PREMONITIONS BUREAU, and bell hooks’ ALL ABOUT LOVE.

You can also follow Emma on Twitter @emmalleong.

Please read our submission guidelines before submitting your work to Emma