A white woman, in her mid-30s, with medium-length dark hair and black glasses.

Chelsey Emmelhainz joined Copps Literary Services after a decade as an editor of upmarket fiction and nonfiction. Upon graduating from the Denver Publishing Institute, she got her start in publishing at HarperCollins with William Morrow and Avon Books. She was most recently a senior editor at Crooked Lane Books.

As an editor, Chelsey worked on projects that cross the literary landscape: from Amish romance to upmarket thrillers and everything in between. Yet her true passion lies in helping authors refine their narratives to create compelling stories and advocating on their behalf. An editorial agent, she works tirelessly with authors to polish their work into commercial projects aimed at catching the eye of editors and publishers.


Actively building her client list, Chelsey is focused on commercial, diverse voices in fiction and nonfiction. She is especially interested in adult fiction that marries the known and the unknown. A lover of plot-driven narratives, she’s most often drawn to fast-paced stories featuring well-drawn, believable characters navigating extraordinary circumstances. Her target genres in those spaces include: horror; supernatural thriller; suspense; and cozy, traditional, or dark mystery.

Her ideal women’s fiction, book club fiction, and romance projects feature high-concept hooks, strong female characters, and unique takes on modern relationships—be they romantic, platonic, or familial.

For nonfiction, she gravitates toward current events, feminism, social justice, history, narrative nonfiction, memoirs with a platform, and untold stories in true crime, but is open to projects in the areas of DIY projects (she’s a knitting fiend), gardening, and unique lifestyles.


Periods Gone Public: Taking a Stand on Menstrual Equality, Jennifer Weiss-Wolf
Such Pretty Flowers, K.L. Cerra
The Body in the Barn, Katie Tietjen

Specializes In

FICTION: Commercial Fiction, Horror, Mystery, Thrillers/Suspense, Upmarket Women's Fiction

NONFICTION: Cultural/Social Issues, Current Affairs, History, Narrative, True Crime, Women's Concerns


FICTION: Chick Lit, Crime, Family Saga, GLBT, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Multi-Cultural, Romance

NONFICTION:  Adventure/True Story, Dating/Relationships, Food & Lifestyle, GLBT, Investigative Journalism, Memoir, Multi-Cultural, Politics, Pop Culture, Psychology, Science