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Ms. Joanna MacKenzie

Nelson Literary Agency, LLC

Chicago, IL

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Twitter: joannamackenzie

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from domberoonie
Feb 17, 2018 12:53 pm

2/17/2018 - same form rejection as karenleespree below
from safashaqsy
Jan 27, 2018 10:56 pm

EQ: 12 Jan 2018

YA contemporary

ER: 21 Jan 2018
from mirandaf
Jan 06, 2018 10:44 pm

@bookwormwrites it's a form, unfortunately. I got the same one. But it's a nice form!
from bookwormwrites
Jan 05, 2018 3:17 pm

@gracieprince, that sounds like a personal rejection IMO! I'm sorry it was a no :( Sounds like you have a great project; keep on keepin' on <3
from gracieprince
Jan 05, 2018 10:57 am

Liked my NLA pitch :)
EQ: 06/21/2017
FR: 06/28/2017
Reached out to her on 10/24/17 to make sure I had submitted the manuscript correctly and found out that it hadn't made it! Sent my manuscript the following day and got confirmation from her assistant that I was successful this time around. :)
ER: 01/04/2018....sounds like a form :(
-Thank you for letting me read [YA Magical Realism] and for your patience as I considered your work. I was glad we were able to connect via NLaPitch.This story has all the elements I love—an interesting premise and a well built world. The writing is solid with a nice voice. A dynamic, interesting protagonist. It’s with a lot of regret I’m going to pass on offering representation. I just didn’t get that “must have” feeling when reading. Because I’m careful to keep my client list manageable, I’m being really selective about what authors/novels I take on. I’m so sorry not to have better news for you.

Stay tough out there. Keep writing!
from anotherearth
Jan 04, 2018 6:09 pm

EQ: 09.21.17
FR: 10.12.17
ER: 01.04.17 Generous personalized rejection but still a no. Sad! Will query her with a different book.

Thank you for letting me read [Title] , and for your patience as I considered your work. I was drawn to the premise of your story instantly and your writing absolutely swept me away. In the end however, I couldn’t quite get my footing with Guy [MC]. Because I don’t think I have the right vision for this project, I think it’s best that I step aside. Thank you again for sharing it with me and I wish you the best of luck in finding [Title] the right home.
from Patrick (admin)
Jan 02, 2018 9:40 am

Profile Update: Open to queries.

from Patrick (admin)
Dec 01, 2017 5:54 am

Profile Update: Closed to queries.

(Thanks anotherearth)
from anotherearth
Nov 28, 2017 12:23 pm

NLA closed to queries Dec 1 - Jan 2. Queries sent during this time will NOT be read.
from RobinWrites
Nov 20, 2017 11:39 am

EQ 11/7/2017 - Pitch Wars request for full MS, haven't heard yet, but competition is stiff. So many manuscripts for them to read. Patiently waiting. Will update when I hear.
77k contemporary romcom
from hirsches4
Nov 06, 2017 11:55 am

Queried one agent (Joanna MacKenzie) but form rejection was signed by all the agents at the firm.
from anotherearth
Oct 30, 2017 1:53 pm

Wow, gracie. Good think you checked back!
from anotherearth
Oct 22, 2017 5:41 pm

EQ: 9/21 to Kristin Nelson
FR: Kristin forwarded my query to Joanna MacKenzie, who requested a full, 10/12
from shrekspeare
Oct 20, 2017 10:32 am

EQ: 10/7 with 50 pages from conference request
ER: 10/19 Half form half personalized. Stated very well-written with a strong concept, but a difficult sell in the "current market". Very kind, encouraged to query again in the future.

140k LF
from emwrites
Oct 14, 2017 11:33 am

EQ: 9/26
ER: 10/13
Form rejection
102K upmarket WF

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