Emma Paterson

Emma Paterson

Well, it’s been a funny few months….but we’re back, and thrilled to recommend to you a new agent, highlighted for December. Agent  Emma Paterson, at Aitken Alexander.

Emma joined the agency in 2018 and was selected as a Bookseller Rising Star. She is a member of the Booker Prize Foundation Advisory Committee and was made a Director of the agency in 2020. Her clients include Bernardine Evaristo, the first black woman to win the Booker Prize and Mary Mary Jean Chan, winner of the 2019 Costa Poetry Prize; Megan Hunter, author of The End We Start FromNew Yorker Staff Writer Sam Knight and political commentator Ash Sarkar, novelist and essayist.

She is looking for literary fiction, non-fiction and poetry.

You can find out more about Emma here and how to submit to her here.

A question for Emma: What three questions do you ask yourself when you’re reading a manuscript?
‘There are maybe only two questions: is this author doing something new, and does what they are doing feel purposeful?’