Emma Patterson grew up as an avid reader and the daughter of a literary agent. After attending Kenyon College and graduating with a degree in history, she began her career in publishing at The Wendy Weil Agency, where she stayed for 9 years, working with writers that included Mark Helprin, Rita Mae Brown, Anthony Doerr, Karen Joy Fowler, Alice Walker, and Andrea Barrett, as well as a list of her own authors. In 2013, she joined Brandt & Hochman.
Emma represents fiction ranging from dark, literary novels to upmarket women’s and historical fiction—with special interest in the 19th and 20th centuries—and narrative non-fiction that includes memoir, investigative journalism, and popular history. Her young adult fiction and non-fiction interests are along similar lines. She is drawn to both domestic and far-flung settings that are original and transporting. She is looking for fresh, lyrical, and voice-driven writing, suspenseful plots, emotional narratives, and unforgettable characters.
The Daughters by Adrienne Celt
Motherest by Kristen Iskandrian
Home Field by Hannah Gersen
The Loved Ones by Sonya Chung
The Georgetown Set: Friends and Rivals in Cold War Washington by Gregg Herken