I took a bit of an unconventional path to publishing. I hold a PhD in justice-oriented social work with a focus on critical animal studies from McMaster University, with additional peer-reviewed publications in public health and psychology. I even studied professional circus arts in a former life, but I really fell in love with this industry while working as an indie bookseller at Another Story. Because of my background in social justice and the arts, I bring a deep appreciation and unique perspective to my work as an agent. When someone picks up a book, they are opening their mind to new ideas and feelings that they think are important and worth spending their time on. There is so much magic in that.

I am also a blogger at Books Beyond Binaries and a member of the planning team for the Festival of Literary Diversity. I am a queer, trans, non-binary colonizer originally from Ktaqmkuk (Newfoundland), the ancestral homelands of the Beothuk and the Mi’kmaq, now based in Tkaronto (Toronto, Ontario), which is unceded territory of the Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee, and Mississaugas of the Credit. I live with my partner, a senior greyhound, a Deaf Dalmatian, and two formerly feral Maine coon cats. I keep busy with thread painting embroidery, wholesome video games, snail mail, my sticker collection, and… obviously, reading.

What I’m Looking For

Please note: from November 5th 2021 to December 31st 2021, I am closed unsolicited queries. The only queries that I will be reviewing during this time are referred queries from authors traditionally marginalized in publishing.

I grew up on fantasy novels and 90’s kidlit horror like Bunnicula and Goosebumps. I represent authors of literary, upmarket, and commercial fiction, and narrative nonfiction, across age ranges. I specialize in #OwnVoices stories, particularly from LGBTQ2S+ and disabled or chronically ill authors.

Across the board, I am particularly interested in identity-driven, accessible books with high-concept plots and confessional line-level writing. I like works in which the setting plays a prominent role, and the reader will meet complicated characters. I have a strong preference for standalone books.

I am also seeking graphic novel queries from author-illustrators, across age ranges and genres. For graphic novel queries, you do not need to have a completed manuscript; please include the text of your project as well as an art sample.

Please note that I am not seeking books with plague, virus, or pandemic themes, in any age range or genre. I do not represent works with protagonists or major themes surrounding law enforcement of any kind, including military.

Murder is my comfort read.

For more details about what kinds of queries I am seeking, please visit my Manuscript Wishlist page. I prioritize queries from trans and/or non-binary, Black and/or BIPOC, and/or disabled authors. My clients can be found on social media as the #SpineSquad.

Junior member of PACLA.

Selected Clients

To see Emmy’s latest submissions catalogue, please click here.