Emma Parry

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Emma Parry
Literary Agent

I’m looking for unforgettable storytellers and original thinkers. Strong plots and new ideas. I love writers who extend empathy, resist tyranny, make change and entertain.

I’ve worked with winners of the Shiva Naipaul Prize for Travel Writing, the National Book Critics Circle, the Man Booker, the Pulitzer and the Nobel - and I'm actively looking for more massively talented and ambitious writers to join my list.

I love memoir, reportage, history, science, and narrative - all non-fiction with the power to surprise and gratify.

I love novels with irresistible plots, distinctive voices, fresh perspectives, big characters, historical insights, heart and wit.

After Cambridge, I joined the graduate program of Ogilvy & Mather before being rescued from advertising by the legendary British literary agent Gillon Aitken. I worked with Gillon on Sebastian Faulks, Helen Fielding, Germaine Greer, Ian Hamilton, and V.S. Naipaul while building my own list of writers including Kathryn Flett and Toby Young.

At 24, I came to New York at the invitation of FSG to complete a six-week international editorial internship. Later that year I moved permanently to the States with a lovely letter of recommendation from V.S. Naipaul.

I joined Carlisle and Company, selling a fast growing list including Sacha Baron Cohen, Bernardine Evaristo, John Guy, Sarah Hall, Alan Hollinghurst, David Kennedy, Marian Keyes, Hari Kunzru, Paul McCartney, Andrew Miller, Maggie O’Farrell, Gavin Pretor-Pinney, Tom Shone, and Kamila Shamsie.

In 2003, I founded a new agency with Christy Fletcher, Fletcher & Parry, and our associate Donald Lamm. Over our fun and productive years in a Carriage House off Union Square, we sold up a storm, and I helped launch the careers of new writers including Rebecca Godfrey, Stephen Grey, Jonah Lehrer, Dan Lyons, Alexander Rose, Andrew Smith and Douglas Smith. We also co-produced a first film, “The Rite”, starring Anthony Hopkins.

In 2013, having sold my half of the agency, I joined Janklow & Nesbit and have been delighted to continue my career among the company’s legendary founders and stellar team of agents. It’s a very collegial powerhouse here, with incredible support systems for our authors.

I work closely with my excellent colleagues in London and long-term associates in editing, collaborative writing and film/tv. I strive to maintain an international and independent perspective, and to continue to innovate in an industry that presents fresh challenges and opportunities every day.

I love to help writers make money, achieve the best possible iteration of their work, get the most rewarding publishing experience in every respect, and reach and captivate the maximum audience out there.


Selected authors

  • Rutger Bregman
  • Tara Isabella Burton
  • Jean-Philippe Cyr aka The Buddhist Chef
  • Stephen Davis
  • Glory Edim
  • Dylan Farrow
  • Evan Friss
  • Hannah Fry
  • Samuel Garonzik
  • Bethann Hardison
  • Tricia Hersey/The Nap Ministry
  • Meg Howrey
  • Amy Irvine
  • Peter McGough
  • Brian C. Muraresku
  • Jodie Patterson
  • Kareem Rosser
  • Tom Shone
  • Samantha Silva
  • Andrew Smith
  • Congresswoman Jackie Speier
  • Nell Stevens
  • J. Michael Straczysnski
  • Nina Tandon
  • Julius Taranto
  • Upworthy
  • Kim Wickens
  • Emily Willingham