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Ms. Joanna MacKenzie

Nelson Literary Agency, LLC

Chicago, IL



Website: www.nelsonagency.com/

Twitter: joannamackenzie

AAR Member: No

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E-Mail: Closed

Online Form: Closed

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from jadege
Jul 12, 2021 4:39 pm


6/25/21 EQ
7/12/21 Form Reject (same) And she's suddenly closed to queries. Begs the question whether my query was in fact read. wf
from direfox240
Jul 12, 2021 12:47 pm


Form rejection, but a very nice one. Same as the others listed below. Queried her two days before she closed. Drat.
from Patrick (admin)
Jul 01, 2021 7:09 pm


Profile Update: Closed to queries.
from LizBrignac
Jun 30, 2021 5:54 pm


Declined, but with a very kind, personal note that I appreciated. Also, a quick turnaround. Contemporary romance 90k, 6/30.
from WillGranger
Jun 30, 2021 12:28 pm


Thank you so much for thinking of Nelson Literary Agency for your submission. Unfortunately, it's not quite what I'm looking for at the moment. I wish I could offer a more personalized response, but do know that we read every query letter and sample we receive. Even though your project is not right for us, it might be right for another agent, so don’t give up!

Good luck with all your publishing endeavors.
from gcontelmo
Jun 28, 2021 4:45 pm


Query: 6/11/2021
Rejection: 6/28/2021

YA Fantasy 91k

Polite form rejection: Thank you so much for thinking of Nelson Literary Agency for your submission. Unfortunately, it's not quite what I'm looking for at the moment. I wish I could offer a more personalized response, but do know that we read every query letter and sample we receive. Even though your project is not right for us, it might be right for another agent, so don’t give up!
from janlep
May 25, 2021 10:32 am


Online query: 5/23/21
Polite form rejection similar to others listed below: 5/25/21
Romantic suspense, 95K
from June_K
May 20, 2021 12:36 pm


FQ: 5/13/2021
Form rejection: 5/20/2021

Adult Contemporary Romance 88k
from Alorac
May 18, 2021 7:08 pm


Online Query 4/28/21
Full Request 5/11/21
Rejection 5/18/21 -- Kind, personalized form letter, same as a few quoted below.
from ThatsNoMoon
May 14, 2021 12:48 pm


Online form: 5/6. Literary fiction, 87,000 words
Online rejection: 5/14.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.
from Patrick (admin)
Apr 27, 2021 6:56 am


Profile Update: Open to queries.
from Redheadwrites
Mar 30, 2021 5:30 pm


Really kind, personalized rejection after 33 days. She seems great.
from AmyStrong
Mar 30, 2021 2:48 pm


Full manuscript request March 2021, form rejection two weeks later. Looking at the number of people who received offers after a full request, I was sure I would get one, too. Alas, it was not meant to be.

"Thank you so much for sharing XXXXXX with me. 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 know another agent will feel differently and I will be cheering you on from the sidelines."
from inkslingers
Mar 30, 2021 6:49 am


Full manuscript request in February. About a month later, received a kind form rejection.

"Thank you so much for sharing XXXXXX with me. 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 know another agent will feel differently and I will be cheering you on from the sidelines."
from Patrick (admin)
Mar 27, 2021 4:16 pm


Profile Update: Closed to queries.

Thanks molly512

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