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Ms. Emily Keyes

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Emily Keyes

Keyes Agency

Riverdale, NY 10471
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This agent is seeking the following genres:


  • Fantasy, Magical Realism
Graphic Novel
Middle Grade
  • Middle Grade, Contemporary
  • Middle Grade, Fantasy
  • Middle Grade, Historical
  • Middle Grade, Literary
  • Middle Grade, Mystery
  • Middle Grade, Science Fiction
Picture Book
Science Fiction
Women's Fiction
Young Adult
  • Young Adult, Contemporary
  • Young Adult, Fantasy
  • Young Adult, Historical
  • Young Adult, Literary
  • Young Adult, Mystery
  • Young Adult, Romance
  • Young Adult, Science Fiction


Humor/Gift Book
Pop Culture
Women's Issues
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Author Comments
Comments by authors about this agent.
03/22/2023 03:48 PM
Form Query: 3/22/23

YA fantasy, 99k
03/15/2023 10:45 AM
FQ: 2/8/23
Rejection, suggestion of improving the narrative voice
YA Mystery, 80K
03/11/2023 09:57 PM
FQ: 2/4/23
Form Rejection: 3/10/23
Urban Fantasy 128k
02/23/2023 07:06 PM
FQ 1/18/23
Partial request 2/1/23

ASF 93k
02/13/2023 09:07 PM
I queried with a PB and she liked my idea but wanted more visual gags, which confuses me because the point of the story isn't to have visual gags except in like one necessary part. Biased feedback.
01/31/2023 02:43 AM
1/18/23 - queried PB (fiction)
1/30/23 - pass with personalized feedback
01/18/2023 03:41 PM
EQ: Jan 17/23
Partial Request: Jan 18/23

YA Fantasy
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Patrick (Admin)
01/17/2023 11:14 AM
Profile Update: Open to queries.
12/22/2022 01:49 PM
Online form query: 11/25/2022
Personalized rejection: 12/14/2022
78k YA sci-fantasy
12/13/2022 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.
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Patrick (Admin)
12/01/2022 07:46 PM
Profile Update: Closed to queries.
11/29/2022 09:42 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
11/29/2022 08:32 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.
11/20/2022 07:48 PM
FQ 11/20/2022 --SPEC FIC @ 85K
11/11/2022 06:39 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.
10/28/2022 01:47 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.
10/21/2022 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
10/20/2022 04:39 PM
09/30/2022: EQ
10/20/2022: Partial request (first five chapters)
10/19/2022 10:12 PM
FQ: 10/01/2022

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.
10/18/2022 08:40 AM
FQ: 09/27/2022
FR: 10/12/2022
Fantasy 106k
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Last Update:
01/17/2023 - Open to queries.
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