Hi There!

Image of Maeve MacLysaght, fair skinned, blue hair, wearing geometric glasses and a black short-sleeve button-up shirt

I’m Maeve (formerly Em Lysaght) and I’m an agent at Copps Literary Services. I cut my teeth in publishing at houses like Scholastic and Insight Editions representing foreign and subsidiary rights before transitioning to agenting. I agented at Ladderbird Literary before joining CLS in 2022.

I read widely across genre and age range and I’m particularly looking for queer and POC authors taking on genre tropes in commercial fiction.


Deal announcement for Sami Ford's DEAD GIRLS WALKING
Low-contrast red and black pattern surrounds a text box describing a deal on Publisher's Marketplace that reads: Circe Moskowitz ed.'s NO HARM DONE, pitched as a cross between SLASHER GIRLS & MONSTER BOYS and Jordan Peele's Twilight Zone, a collection of Black horror stories that explores and dives deep into the genre from the creative minds of both debut and established Black writers, including Kalynn Bayron, Ryan Douglass, Sami Ellis, Brent Lambert, Ashia Monet, Linda Raquel Nieves Perez, Joel Rochester, Liselle Sambury, and Joelle Wellington, to Alicia Sparrow at Chicago Review Press, for publication in fall 2023, by Natascha Morris at The Tobias Literary Agency (world).
A skeleton holding a violin looks at a text box describing a deal on Publisher's Marketplace that reads: Author-illustrator Emily Ettlinger's SKELEANOR THE DECOMPOSER, about an inventive skeleton who wants to play her instruments in the town band, but she's got more rattle than rhythm, to Rachel Sonis at Penguin Workshop, in a nice deal, for publication in summer 2023, by Em Lysaght at Ladderbird Literary Agency (world English).
Rights: emlysaght@ladderbird.com