Emily Talbot

Emily Talbot is a literary agent at United Agents Ltd, representing children’s illustrators and authors of picture books, middle-grade, YA and non-fiction. She started working at United Agents in 2013 in the foreign rights department, representing the overseas rights for UA’s children’s authors and illustrators, before moving over to primary agenting in 2015. Before this she worked in a primary school reading books with children every single day and discovering exactly what they like to read.

Emily loves books that touch on the gritty realisms of life such as the writing of Louise O’Neill and Holly Bourne. She’s also on the lookout for middle-grade of any kind; everything from authentic and emotive, to humorous adventure, to immersive fantasy. Above all else she has a passion for great characterisation and is on the hunt for a distinctive, new and underrepresented voice in children’s literature, whatever age group that may find itself in.

She’s also looking for picture book authors and illustrators. Her favourite picture books are those with an off-the-wall, irreverent humour. Not Now Bernard frames many a childhood memory, for example. On the illustration side, she’s on the hunt for quality commercial styles that have a point of difference, and feel consistent across a portfolio.

Website: https://www.unitedagents.co.uk

Twitter: @EmilykTalbot