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Emma is a fresh-faced literary agent, having been promoted to the role after two years as a literary assistant at C+W. She is actively building her client list and attending a lot of literary events in order to meet aspiring writers. She is very well positioned at one of London's biggest and well-known agencies as an up-and-coming agent. If you are a debut author and looking for an agent hungry to succeed, Emma could just be the agent for you!

On the fiction side, Emma likes high-concept and upmarket book club novels. She is certainly more interested in literary novels than straight commercial fiction – think Zadie Smith over Jodie Picoult. To really grab her attention, the authorial voice needs to be compelling, with characters that readers will want to spend the night with. All sorts of subject matter is of interest to Emma, from families to love, dysfunction to surviving loss. If your novel involves sharp, poignant social and psychological commentary, it is worth submitting to Emma.

Emma is also on the lookout for non-fiction. A self-confessed Nigel Slater fan, she loves food writing. Already, she represents The Rooted Project in this area and hopes to expand her list with more food and health writers. As with her fiction interests, Emma enjoys serious, 'big ideas' work. Race, sexuality, and gender are the big three subject areas she is particularly keen to explore. 



Detailed data

Agency:
C+W Agency
Agent since:
2016
Short biography:

Emma worked as a literary assistant for two years before being promoted to junior agent in 2016. She is now building her client list in both fiction and non-fiction.

Client list status:
Keen to build client list
Genres this agent is interested in:
Science, Politics, society & current affairs, Other non-fiction, Memoir and autobiography, Food and Cookery, Women's fiction, Historical fiction, Crime, thriller, action, General Fiction, Literary Fiction
Authors & books liked:

Maggie O’Farrell, Yaa Gyasi, Kate Atkinson, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Anne Tyler, Ann Patchett, Sarah Waters, Zadie Smith and Jenny Offill

Other loves & passions:


How to make a submission:
Agency standard.
Other advice and background:

'I’d say that it’s important to take a break then revisit the novel’s opening before submitting. An agent will often make a decision based on the first couple of chapters and this is where we tend to find the worst cases of overwriting. It’s easily done when you’re trying to offer a strong sense of voice and plot and setting and concept all in one go, but it’s so important for your opening pages to do justice to the book as a whole. Make sure they really do represent what you’re aiming to project – it’ll give you the best possible chance of attracting interest, and it’s much easier to forgive mistakes later in a manuscript, when we’ve already fallen for the writing or the characters.'

Attends Festival of Writing or other WW events?
Yes
Follow on Twitter:
@EmF1nn
Interesting links:
http://www.curtisbrowncreative.co.uk/literary-agent-tips-editing-and-revising/
Clients:
Sarah Françoise, The Rooted Project
Full client list:
http://cwagency.co.uk/agent/emma-finn
Email address:
emma@cwagency.co.uk

Agents of: C+W Agency

Agency details

Website:
http://www.convilleandwalsh.com/
About the agency:
Founded by Clare Conville and Patrick Walsh in 2000, we are a leading international literary agency based in the UK, who represent an eclectic range of best-selling and award-winning commercial and literary authors, including novelists, scientists, historians, travel writers, biographers and children's authors. We have a well-established track record nurturing talented newcomers and re-launching established authors; working closely with all our clients to provide solid advice and support from pitch to publication; and offering expert representation - often dealing directly - in all media, markets and languages across the world. Jo Unwin and Claire Conville were shortlisted for Literary Agent of the Year in the 2010 and 2012 Bookseller Industry Awards respectively. Jake Smith-Bosanquet won Rights Professional of the Year in the 2011 Bookseller Industry Awards.
Address for submissions:
5th Floor, Haymarket House, 28-9 Haymarket, London SW1Y 4SP, United Kingdom
Office address:
5th Floor, Haymarket House, 28-9 Haymarket, London SW1Y 4SP
Email address:
Look at Website for agent email
Phone number:
44 20 7393 4200
Number of agents:
9
Accepts email submissions:
Yes
Submission type:
Standard (Letter + Synopsis + First three chapters)
Further submission info:
You should send your submission (in Word.doc format) via email directly to the agent you would like to consider your work following the guidelines below. Contact details are listed under our agent profiles. Please don’t write to more than one of us. If we think a book is promising, we’ll make sure it gets to the person most likely to want to represent it. Please note, we no longer accept postal submissions. To read our individual profiles and wish lists, please take a look at the Staff page. Have a look here for more information: http://cwagency.co.uk/page/submissions
More info on this agency:
Founded by Clare Conville and Patrick Walsh in 2000, C&W describes itself as "a leading international literary agency based in the UK, who represent an eclectic range of best-selling and award-winning authors, including novelists, scientists, historians, travel writers, biographers and children's authors." In 2013, C&W announced the sale of a 50% share in the agency to industry giant, Curtis Brown. Representatives of Curtis Brown will sit on the C&W board. Conville and Walsh will also move into CB's offices in London's Haymarket. Curtis Brown will make use of C&W's excellent agency services for speakers and the two companies will share various other operations. Nevertheless, C&W will retain its operating indepedence, so we continue to list the company separately on this site. C&W's write up of themselves continues thus: "We have a well-established track record nurturing talented newcomers and re-launching established authors; working closely with all our clients to provide solid advice and support from pitch to publication; and offering expert representation - often dealing direct - in all media, markets and languages across the world. As a small group of agents, we have decades of experience in both literary and commercial publishing. We are proud of our reputation for the happy enduring relationships we have built up with our clients, and of our dynamic team of staff."
Average response time:
9 days
Agency Transparency Index:
33/100
Member of the AAA:
Yes
Overseas offices:
None
Accepts overseas writers:
No
Follow on Twitter:
@CWAgencyUK
Latest news:
http://cwagency.co.uk/section/books/news
More about the agency:
Founded by Clare Conville and Patrick Walsh in 2000, we are a leading international literary agency based in the UK, who represent an eclectic range of best-selling and award-winning commercial and literary authors, including novelists, scientists, historians, travel writers, biographers and children's authors. We have a well-established track record nurturing talented newcomers and re-launching established authors; working closely with all our clients to provide solid advice and support from pitch to publication; and offering expert representation - often dealing directly - in all media, markets and languages across the world. Jo Unwin and Claire Conville were shortlisted for Literary Agent of the Year in the 2010 and 2012 Bookseller Industry Awards respectively. Jake Smith-Bosanquet won Rights Professional of the Year in the 2011 Bookseller Industry Awards.

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