Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Emily Williamson of Williamson Literary

Screen Shot 2019-01-16 at 7.08.12 PM.pngEmily Williamson is a literary agent and the founder of Williamson Literary.

In fiction she seeks writing that sings rather than tells; lyrical or experimental writing is welcome (but not always); unusual and unforgettable characters; unique settings; know your voice and tone; stories where place is a character too; adventure, international, sci-fi or science inspired, magical realism, page-turners.

For children’s, she seeks stories that talk up to children, that inspire and build confidence; cleverness and humor; not interested in verse unless it is metrically correct and without lazy rhymes; magic, wonder, girls and boys that don’t fit the mold, good world-building. Prefers middle grade over YA or picture books.

Nonfiction interests: history, sports, science, environmental, biographies, motivational (i.e. work that informs or inspires social change or advocates for women & minorities, business strategies for aspiring entrepreneurs); solid author platform. Currently looking for science or adventure/travel narratives.

Williamson Literary is a small but vibrant and actively engaged literary agency in Baltimore, Maryland.

Emily Williamson represents a variety of projects in nonfiction and fiction. She is a native of New Jersey, graduated from American University (BA Anthropology) in 1997 and Johns Hopkins University (MA Writing) in 2012. She began her career as an editor in 2011 with Chrysalis Editorial in Washington, DC. In 2016 she founded Williamson Literary, driven by the desire to help great writers achieve their publishing goals.

In the past, Emily spent 13 years as an archaeologist traveling all over the US and abroad in search of many things…sometimes finding nothing. It is this varied, nomadic past that has influenced her own writing and her particular interests as an agent. As a writer, she understands the investment of time and heart it takes to follow this challenging path. It is the core of Williamson Literary—to support the careers of dedicated writers who deserve to see their ideas and imaginings realized. Williamson Literary is also about building relationships: agent-author, agent-publisher, author-publisher.

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