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Emmy Nordstrom Higdon

The Rights Factory

Toronto, ON



Twitter: saskeah

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from giannifranco
Aug 03, 2020 6:34 pm

horror 08/03
from vanesaeleigh
Aug 02, 2020 1:31 pm

UPDATE 7/2020 One of Emmy's clients that had gotten pretty nasty with me on twitter, she is no longer represented by Emmy cause she had asked another agent if they could requery the agent with a book that has undergone significant revisions.

Agent Lauren Spieller did a thread on twitter about this agency. Lauren said signing 30 clients in a month and not even reading the full is a big red flag. In the call when you ask agents if they would do edits with you, how can they give you suggestions for revisions if they haven't read the whole thing? When a Jr Agent at an established agency starts taking clients they will only take on 3-5 in the first year under the guidance of an experienced agent while trying to make sales. The experienced agent guides them on pitching to editors along with contract negotiations. No reputable agency will let a junior agent take on 30 clients in the first year let alone their first month taking clients. A well meaning person is one thing but an agent is not an entry level job. I had CPs who's writing careers were ruined by signing with little, unknown agents.

If you look on twitter more agents and authors are speaking out against this so I think it's going to ruin her agenting career. Elana Roth Parker even said while new agents under good mentorship isn't a bad thing ask who is guiding them. Agenting is not an entry level job. There's so much they can ruin in an authors career if they don't know what they're doing

Also NYT Best selling author Laura Sebastian was at this agency for a year before changing. Emmy's clients have been jumping in but their responses are mind blowing
from Patrick (admin)
Jul 22, 2020 1:45 pm

Profile Update: Open to queries. Genres updated.

(Thanks qbee2001)
from qbee2001
Jul 22, 2020 11:24 am

They have been open to queries nice July 1st
from KristenH
May 17, 2020 2:17 pm

EQ 4/6/20 (Chain Reaction--adult thriller)--same day rejection (not for her).

Due to her questionable submission process, I'm holding off on querying her or the agency this summer.
from HairyBaby
May 14, 2020 12:40 pm

I think this agents clients need to step back from this. They're too close to the situation and, while well-meaning, aren't doing any favors for anyone by defending Emmy here. Emmy has exhibited what MANY people--writers and publishing professionals--consider to be "red flag behavior." Querying writers have a right to know about those red flags without getting conflicting stories from Emmy's clients who are OF COURSE going to defend their agent and, by extension, their own choices.

cmg436's experience with Emmy is important. What more-established agents have to say is important.

As clients, your responsibility is to advise potential clients when they come knocking. Not take to a public forum meant for writers to share their honest experiences and try to drown out negative comments. If Emmy is great and doing right by their clients, then their track record will come to speak for that. As a new agent (at a shady agency--horror stories about TRF aren't hard to find) without any sales record and a lot of clients, the concern surrounding Emmy is valid.
from elliemae
May 12, 2020 10:19 pm

I think what went on the last few days was massively misconstrued and extremely unfair to this agent. As a current client, I can assure you that Emmy is extremely knowledgeable and very passionate about their career and their editing advice is extraordinarily detailed. Most agents have other jobs and only have time for a few clients. Emmy dedicates them self to their clients and getting their work submission ready...with a plan and a schedule suited to each of their clients. It seems someone misinterpreted a message from them to mean they only read a portion of a book that representation was offered on, but that was not the case. Then when word got out, extremely catty people made lots of tweets about it, being so vague that it generated even more interest on twitter, and gained lots of curious followers in the process. Emmy has a plan for their clients and they are being very strategic in who they are representing. I cannot wait for the day that Emmy makes multiple deals and can show all of these people who are quick to bully that they knew what they were doing all along. I knew twitter publishing could be cruel but the last few days on twitter just totally blew me away. It would be a shame for this agent to have their name tarnished by a few negative people who seemed to want to stir the pot. People just took one person’s word for it (who is basically an unknown in the writing word) and ran with it without fact checking. This is how rumours start. Anyone can start an unfounded rumour about anyone else and totally mess with someone’s reputation. The unfair thing is the imbalance of power..people immediately take the side of the person who’s more well known. It’s sad how people abuse their position. In short, anyone Emmy has had exchanges with can attest to the fact that they are very detail-oriented, passionate, kind, and professional. Basically they are everything querying writers would want. They are very communicative and efficient..not like what we’re all used to with waiting around for 8 months for an agent to reply. Why is it that someone who does things a little differently (than what people
may be used to) is so harshly criticized?
from cmg436
May 12, 2020 12:10 pm

I want to share my own experiences with this agent. I was already querying, and had received agent interest, when this agent reached out to me on Twitter, not through any pitch event, but based on a WIP I had tweeted about. They asked for materials, which I sent. I received an offer based on what turned out to be their partial read x3 manuscripts. When I received the offer, they had signed about 8 clients. I let the offering agent know I had other fulls out and would need to give other agents notice of offer and two weeks to consider before responding to the offer. The offering agent didn't ask for an exclusive, and knew that I was advising other agents. On the phone, they had been personable, certainly enthusiastic, but I was concerned that they couldn't give feedback on editorial vision on my works or speak to specifics about what appealed about my MS. They said they didn't give feedback on prospective client MS's. A couple of days before deadline, they tweeted that that they had signed the number of clients (20+) in six weeks that they had planned to sign in six months, and at that point on their agency page they had about 23 clients listed. Since they had asked to get in touch if I had further questions, I did. I politely (and professionally) asked how they planned to balance a busy client list and the nature of the mentorship at the agency. The email response I received was that the offer was revoked, and my professionalism was called into question for 'querying widely'. It was no secret I had queried before this offer, and had advised other agents of the offer. This has been a very difficult experience. There were several red flags along the way that I wish I had seen at the time. I hope this helps someone.
from fundalady
May 08, 2020 9:45 am

I, too, received an offer of representation from Emmy. As I waited to hear back from other agents who'd requested the full ms, "the controversy" unfolded. Emmy themselves reached out to me and offered to answer any questions I might have about the issue. A day later, they withdrew their offer since they'd been advised not to take on any new clients as long as this mess was brewing (similar to what shanedorian98 is saying below). I thought Emmy was prompt and professional in their interactions with me. I hope the truth around all this will surface eventually.
from shanedorian98
May 08, 2020 7:19 am

I received an offer of rep from this agent, and loved how they were on the phone when we discussed further! After the discourse on Twitter, they reached out, which I found very considerate. I asked them about an editorial process from our own personal conversation (Twitter discourse aside), and they replied telling me their agency had advised them to not take on new clients during the mess, which is understandable. I hope this doesn't reflect too badly on the agent in the long term because they genuinely seemed enthusiastic and passionate about my project, their current clients, and what they offered for my career during discussions.
from LUV4NA
May 08, 2020 1:44 am

I want to offer another perspective on this whole issue (of course, all of you are entitled to your opinion but this is my take on this). This agent (please respect their pronouns. It's they/them) is very new as an agent and their query process is different, but that's because they are a lot more concerned with helping a client build their craft than only submitting on their behalf. The agent does read the manuscripts in their entirety-it's just that they make an offer before finishing because they know this is an author they want to help improve.

They built their client list quickly, this is true, but they do not plan on keeping this speed up. As their list grows, they will become more and more selective. Plus, not all of their clients are currently active (this adds to the plan of helping some of these clients build their craft before getting them on submission). This agent is a huge advocate for representation, so they are willing to put more work into helping authors than most agents have time for. So I understand why people are freaking out about this, but few of them know the agent's intentions so I want to put this out there.

This is solely based on my experience after signing with them.
from fulmicotone
May 06, 2020 9:34 am

@dfwallace I too would advise to be wary of this agent. Got an offer of rep (which I declined) from them after they read just the first 50 pages of my work, which is definitely odd. They seem very nice and eager and I'm sure they're a good person, just not very professional! You'd want your agent to read the full manuscript and have a complete picture of your work and style before offering to represent you.
from LUV4NA
Apr 17, 2020 5:32 pm

EQ: 3/18/20
FR!: 3/28/20 (Sent same day)
Offer of Rep!!!!!: 4/3/20
Accepted Offer!!!!!!!!!: 4/17/20 <3

YA Dark Fantasy
from Patrick (admin)
Apr 10, 2020 5:07 pm

Profile Update: Closed to queries.

(Thanks cmannino)
from cmannino
Apr 10, 2020 4:20 pm

Closed to queries til May

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