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Ms. Emily Keyes

Keyes Agency

Riverdale, NY 10471



Website: keyesagency.com

Blog: esckeyes.tumblr.com

Twitter: esc_key

AAR/AALA Member: No

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Snail-Mail: No

E-Mail: No

Online Form: Yes

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from Carrie_KarnesFannin
Jan 31, 2023 2:43 am


1/18/23 - queried PB (fiction)
1/30/23 - pass with personalized feedback
from aloopratha
Jan 18, 2023 3:41 pm


EQ: Jan 17/23
Partial Request: Jan 18/23

YA Fantasy
from Patrick (admin)
Jan 17, 2023 11:14 am


Profile Update: Open to queries.
from Ultra_Violette
Dec 22, 2022 1:49 pm


Online form query: 11/25/2022
Personalized rejection: 12/14/2022
78k YA sci-fantasy
#ownvoices
from nicholelouise
Dec 13, 2022 10:26 am


FQ: 11/16/22 Hist Fic 138k
Personalized rejection: 12/13/22 - She said she liked my writing and would be happy to look at anything else I have.
from Patrick (admin)
Dec 01, 2022 7:46 pm


Profile Update: Closed to queries.
from neutronstar
Nov 29, 2022 9:42 pm


Queried: 7.8.22 DisPitch like
Full Req: 7.10.22
Nudged (revised ms): 11.27.22, sent revised on 11.28

MG Muslim fantasy 34/38k
from violet1
Nov 29, 2022 8:32 pm


Honestly, I think this agent writes comments that aren't necessarily reflective of the ms. From the comments listed here, and the bizarre comment she wrote to me, I wouldn't take her words with more than a grain of salt.
from andyscontras
Nov 20, 2022 7:48 pm


FQ 11/20/2022 --SPEC FIC @ 85K
from Denverwrite
Nov 11, 2022 6:39 pm


10/13 form query
11/11 personalized rejection

I have to say I appreciate getting any feedback at all but I am frustrated by the commentary. The character is a high schooler who finished his junior year in a coma. OF COURSE, the whole school would know about the accident, no matter how big the school was.

"I love this concept but I wanted the voice to be a bit stronger, and found the opening scene a bit unnatural--how big is this school? Would they know what happened to him?"

For background- I spent three nights in a coma in my 20s after an accident. Believe me, people talk about it.
from richardclin
Oct 28, 2022 1:47 am


2/24: FQ
3/25: Partial request
3/26: Partial sent
8/8: Rejected

Thank you for sending me your manuscript. I apologize for taking so long to review the material and I really appreciate your patience with me. I am incredibly behind.

I really like the writing of your sample (and would probably look at the full if I were not SO behind already). My big worry is that the voice feels a bit older than YA, possibly because one of the narrators is centuries old. I'd love to look at anything else you have, though!

Thank you for the opportunity, and good luck with other agents.
from Zippa6
Oct 21, 2022 11:34 am


Q 10/3/22
R 10/20/22

It was personalized, but I find it a bit puzzling: "I like the writing in the script but I worried the subject matter was more adult than YA (more worried about the Agamemnon than killing, to be honest.)”

My protagonists quotes from Aeschylus’ play Agamemnon before attending an execution. So the execution, no biggie, but an Ancient Greek play is too difficult for YA? We read Sophocles in 10th grade.

250-page YA GN
from millerp42
Oct 20, 2022 4:39 pm


09/30/2022: EQ
10/20/2022: Partial request (first five chapters)
from moonwatch178
Oct 19, 2022 10:12 pm


FQ: 10/01/2022
ER(personalized):10/19/2022

Liked the pitch for the book, but felt that the sample reflected a different genre. Wanted greater stakes earlier on.

Really appreciated that Emily took the time to give feedback. Absolutely understood the advice, will add it to my list of potential revision consideration at a later date.
from richinman81
Oct 18, 2022 8:40 am


FQ: 09/27/2022
FR: 10/12/2022
Fantasy 106k

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