Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Emmy Nordstrom Higdon of Westwood Creative Artists

Emmy Nordstrom Higdon is a literary agent with Westwood Creative Artists.

“I took a bit of an unconventional path to publishing. I am in the last stages of completing a PhD in social work at McMaster University, and I even studied professional circus arts in a former life, but I really fell in love with this industry while working as an indie bookseller at Another Story. Because of my background in social justice and the arts, I bring a deep appreciation and unique perspective to my work as an agent. When someone picks up a book, they are opening their mind to new ideas and feelings that they think are important and worth spending their time on. There is so much magic in that.

I am a book blogger at Books Beyond Binaries and a member of the planning team for the Festival of Literary Diversity (FOLD). I am a trans non-binary colonizer originally from Newfoundland, now based in Tkaronto (Toronto, Ontario), which is unceded territory of the Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee, and Mississaugas of the Credit. When I’m not reading, I keep busy with research projects, spending time with my family (including adopted dogs and cats), embroidery, slice of life anime, vegan cooking, and video games.

What I’m Seeking:

“I grew up on fantasy novels and 90s kidlit horror like Bunnicula and Goosebumps. I represent authors of literary, upmarket, and commercial fiction, and narrative nonfiction, for adults and young adults. I specialize in character-driven #OwnVoices projects that are devastating to put down, particularly from the LGBTQ2S+ and disability communities. Murder is my comfort read. I prioritize queries from trans, Black or BIPOC, and/or disabled authors. My clients can be found on Twitter as the #SpineSquad.

“I’m not the right fit for plague, virus, or pandemic themes; stories featuring law enforcement of any kind; novellas; comedy; erotica; or poetry.”

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