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Ms. Joanna MacKenzie

Nelson Literary Agency, LLC

Chicago, IL



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Website: www.nelsonagency.com/

Twitter: joannamackenzie

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E-Mail: Yes

Online Form: No

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from Patrick (admin)
Sep 12, 2017 11:03 am


Profile Update: This agent reviewed and approved this listing.

from karenleespree
Sep 06, 2017 7:40 am


EQ: 7/6 YA 68K

ER: 9/6 (not sure if this is a form. It's a very kind form response.)

Thank you so much for thinking of me for your project! I thought your query and sample were well-written with a strong concept but not quite what I’m looking for at the moment. Because I’m careful to keep my client list manageable, I’m being really selective about what I request. However, I think another agent is going to be intrigued enough to ask for the manuscript and I’m sorry I can’t offer a referral.

Good luck with all your publishing endeavors.

Sincerely,

Joanna MacKenzie
from Expat8410
Aug 30, 2017 7:11 am


EQ: 8/14
ER: 8/28

form rejection stating they receive 500 queries a week
from ltlibrarian
Aug 26, 2017 1:58 pm


YA Portal Fantasy

EQ: 05/30/16
ER: 06/15/16
from LBasher7
Aug 16, 2017 8:32 pm


EQ: 6/21 with 50 pages from #NLAPitch request
FR: 7/20 ; submitted 8/16

92k Adult Thriller
from horrorchix89
Jul 30, 2017 11:02 pm


EQ: 6/21 #NLAPitch
to nudge or not to nudge...
Form Rejection: 7/30

Obvious copy and paste that all the agents use. Still encouraging, though
from cleigh73
Jul 26, 2017 9:28 am


EQ: 6/20
ER: 7/20

Women's Fiction 89K
from penandquill18
Jul 22, 2017 11:59 am


EQ: 6/5/17
Full Request: 7/20/17

95K Historic/Women's Fiction
from Hamz_28
Jun 28, 2017 4:42 pm


EQ - 13/06/2017
ER - 28/06/2017

YA contemporary
from mirandaf
Jun 26, 2017 3:29 pm


@dpasquantonio that was my rejection too almost exactly! Thanks for sharing--I didn't realize it was a form.
from dpasquantonio
Jun 26, 2017 12:16 pm


EQ: 2017-01-25 adult mystery, 89K
FR: 2017-02-22
Pass: 2017-06-12 She didn't feel it was a "must read." Perhaps I can rewrite, re-order some things as suggested, but I feel like I'm pretty much out of potential agents at this point. This was my eighth request for this novel, and so much of the agent feedback has been kind and solid, yet contradictory.

Here's a snippet of her letter: "Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to read the full manuscript of (title) -- and for your patience as I read and share with my team. I so appreciated that! 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." Just as an FYI to folks who get requests from her, this is a form letter -- another queryer got the same feedback. She customizes a little after this, but we both got this same text. So it LOOKS like a helpful letter, and it SOUNDS like a helpful letter, but I'm not sure it really is.
from mirandaf
Jun 07, 2017 8:39 am


Query 2/24
Full request 3/28
Kind, semi personalized rejection 6/7
from jerilyn8
Jun 02, 2017 9:39 pm


EQ: 5/30/17
ER 6/2/17

70,000 word women/upmarket fiction
from mikalsen
May 12, 2017 9:08 am


Form letter rejection 24 days after a query with 95K WF. It was kind, stating my query and sample were well-written.
from hdiangelis
May 09, 2017 12:55 pm


EQ: 4/25/17 (#DVPit request)
ER: 5/8/17

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