Query for Erin Murphy, Erin Murphy Literary Agency

Thank you for your interest in querying me! I am honored that you thought of me.

Due to having a pretty full list and also managing an agency, I take on new clients rarely. In order to give as much time as possible to my current clients, I have always been closed to unsolicited queries. I provide avenues for querying by speaking to groups and conferences, participating in pitch contests, and accepting referrals from creators and publishing professionals I know.

Cold queries will not receive a response.

Note that I only represent authors and author-illustrators of books for children and teens. Please do not query adult projects.

In the form below, fields marked "(required)" are required; all others are optional. This is not a test; truly, just include answers where you wish to. The pages from your work are the most important part.

If the form presents an accessibility issue, you may email your query to erin_submissions@emliterary.com.

In the bio, I'm looking for information pertinent to you as a writer and/or to the manuscript being queried, although if you wish to share more, feel free. (Think of jacket flap bios.) If you disclose anything about neurodiversity, sexuality, or other marginalized identity in your query, it will be kept confidential.

I represent author-illustrators but not artists who do not also write.

Please only upload art or picture book dummies in the upload section, NOT full manuscripts. If I am interested in reading more, I will specifically request the full manuscript.

Step 1. Tell us about the author

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Tell us a little about yourself and any writing credentials you may have.


Have you previously published other books?      
Have you ever been represented by a literary agent before?      

Step 2. Tell us about the book

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Enter the approximate WORD count of your book. Enter numbers only. Do not include any letters or special characters.

Is this book currently published or has it ever been published before?      

Enter your query letter for this book. (Tips for formatting and pasting text) Do NOT paste images into this field. Pasting large blocks of text can take several minutes. Please be patient.

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(If your book is shorter than this (such as a picture book) please include the entire text.) Paste in the first 10 pages of your book, or your full book proposal if your book is non-fiction. (Tips for formatting and pasting text) Do NOT paste images into this field. Pasting large blocks of text can take several minutes. Please be patient.

Step 3. For Artists and Illustrators

Provide illustrations or art samples, if applicable.


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File Size Limit: 2 MB (same as 2,000 KB) (Get help for large files)

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