Full Agent Profile: Emma Sweeney


Emma Sweeney

Emma Sweeney Agency


Literary Fiction | Mystery | Women's Fiction | Historical Fiction | Thrillers/Suspense

History | Biography | Religion | Food & Lifestyle | Memoirs | Current Affairs | Business | Narrative | Finance | Gardening | Nature/Ecology | Journalism

  • This agent accepts queries

    • Her primary areas of interest include literary and women's fiction, historical fiction, mysteries and thrillers; religious studies (especially eastern), business, history, biography, gardening and the natural sciences.
    • She does not represent romance, westerns and science fiction, poetry or screenplays
    • http://www.emmasweeneyagency.com/contact.html
    • She only accepts email queries
    • Email: query and first ten pages of novel or nonfiction proposal (first ten pages must be pasted into the body of the email; no attachments)
    • All email queries must be sent to: queries@emmasweeneyagency.com

    • Emma Sweeney is a member of the Association of Authors' Representatives and the Women's Media Group, where she served as president in 2003. She graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a BA in English Literature.
    • Emma is also a writer whose own books include TULIPA (Artisan, 2000) and AS ALWAYS, JACK (Little, Brown, 2002; Back Bay Books, 2003).
    • Graduate of UC Berkeley

    Fiction | Historical Fiction
    Ellen Feldman's THE UNWITTING, set in the 1960s Cold War era, the story of a widow unraveling a trail of evidence that leads her to conclude her liberal-minded journalist husband was CIA, to Spiegel & Grau, and to Picador in the UK, in association with Veronique Baxter of David Higham Associates, by Emma Sweeney at Emma Sweeney Agency.

    Fiction | Historical Fiction
    Author of The Blood of Flowers, translated into 33 languages, Anita Amirrezvani's EQUAL OF THE SUN, a tale of power, loyalty, and love in the royal court of sixteenth century Iran, moving to Alexis Gargagliano at Scribner, for publication in August 2012, by Emma Sweeney at Emma Sweeney Agency (NA).

    Water for Elephants: A Novel
    Author:   Sara Gruen
    Genres:   Historical Fiction
    Publisher:   Algonquin Books (May 26, 2006)
    With its spotlight on elephants, Gruen's romantic page-turner hinges on the human-animal bonds in which nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski, recounts the wild and wonderful period he spent with the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth, a traveling circus he joined during the Great Depression
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    Ape House: A Novel
    Author:   Sara Gruen
    Genres:   Commercial Fiction
    Publisher:   Spiegel & Grau; 1 edition (September 7, 2010)

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    Bridge of Sand
    Author:   Janet Burroway
    Genres:   Literary Fiction
    Publisher:   Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; First Edition edition (March 25, 2009)
    Dana leaves Pennsylvania to revisit her roots, and while searching out her grandmothers home in Georgia, she hooks up with childhood infatuation Cassius Huston, who is black, separated from his wife, has a daughter and belongs to a large family who would not approve of Dana, who is white. When the wife threatens Dana, she flees to Pelican Bay, Fla., where she quickly becomes entrenched in the mostly working-class community and grapples with problems that test her in ways she's never anticipated.
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    Joyful Wisdom: Embracing Change and Finding Freedom
    Author:   Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche
    Genres:   Self-Help | Spirituality
    Publisher:   Three Rivers Press; 1 edition (March 2, 2010)
    Yongey Mingyur is one of the most celebrated among the new generation of Tibetan meditation masters, whose teachings have touched people of all faiths around the world. His new book, Joyful Wisdom, addresses the timely and timeless problem of anxiety in our everyday lives.
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    The Hindus: An Alternative History
    Author:   Wendy Doniger
    Genres:   History | Religion
    Publisher:   Penguin (Non-Classics) (November 30, 2010)
    An engrossing and definitive narrative account of history and myth, The Hindus offers a new way of understanding one of the world's oldest major religions.
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    The Lace Makers of Glenmara: A Novel (P.S.)
    Author:   Heather Barbieri
    Genres:   Women's Fiction
    Publisher:   Harper Perennial; Reprint edition (June 22, 2010)
    Barbieri (Snow in July) sets her latest novel in a small Irish town, Glenmara, where a heartbroken American tourist, Kate Robinson, finds her one-night stay extended with the help of Kate's hostess, chronically grieving widow Bernie, who draws the young Seattleite into a gossipy ring of lace makers.
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    Claude & Camille: A Novel of Monet
    Author:   Stephanie Cowell
    Genres:   Historical Fiction
    Publisher:   Crown (April 6, 2010)
    Behind every great artist stands a woman driving him to inspiration, aspiration, and desperation, according to Cowell (Marrying Mozart), who bases her latest novel about an artist and his muse on the life of Claude Monet.
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