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Ms. Joanna MacKenzie

Nelson Literary Agency, LLC

Chicago, IL



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Website: www.nelsonagency.com/

Twitter: joannamackenzie

AAR Member: No

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Snail-Mail: No

E-Mail: Yes

Online Form: No

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from bevjack1
May 11, 2018 9:20 am


EQ 4/25/18 Lit Fic 74K
ER 5/11/18 Form? I suppose, but pleasant.

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 saintsavant
Apr 23, 2018 2:51 pm


I had never heard back in over 6 weeks. I resent according to agency guidelines and heard back 4 days later.
from Fj2018
Mar 24, 2018 8:09 pm


EQ 3/3
ER 3/21 Pleasant, encouraging rejection.

Thriller
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.

http://nelsonagency.com/submission-guidelines/
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!

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