Emily Sweet Associates was founded in 2014. Prior to working as a literary agent and consultant, Emily spent ten years as an editor in trade publishing houses. Having worked for both medium and large companies, she has a strong sense of what appeals to publishers as well as a detailed and thorough editorial eye.

Emily began her career at Random House, where she spent three years working with a variety of high-profile authors including John Grisham, James Ellroy and Michel Houellebecq. Following that she spent some time working freelance – for clients including Harvill Secker, Ebury, Hodder, Orion and Bloomsbury – before becoming a senior editor at Bloomsbury. During six years there, Emily edited and managed a mixture of fiction and serious non-fiction, working closely with authors such as Georgina Harding, William Sutcliffe, Kerry Young, Ben Macintyre, David Kynaston and Heston Blumenthal.

In terms of fiction, Emily welcomes both commercial and literary submissions, always with a focus on precision and clarity of language. A lifelong fan of twentieth-century and contemporary American fiction, she is ever on the lookout for novels of wide mental and geographical scope and ambition.

On the non-fiction front, Emily is happy to consider proposals for books covering history, biography, current affairs, topical non-fiction and cookery. For more information on Emily’s specialism in food and drink please see here.

In 2019, Angel Belsey began working with Emily. Angel is interested in rooting out unusual, genre-defying works of literary art: things that might be tough for authors to sell on their own, but where she can see a vision of how they might excite both publishers and readers, ranging from literary cookbooks to fictional travel guides and more. While she leans slightly towards representing fantasy, sci-fi and horror, Angel has broad personal reading tastes and will gladly pounce on anything that she knows would excite her as a consumer. 

The agency does not accept YA or children’s books.