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Ms. Joanna MacKenzie

Nelson Literary Agency, LLC

Chicago, IL

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Twitter: joannamackenzie

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E-Mail: Yes

Online Form: No

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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 gracieprince
Oct 26, 2017 2:25 pm

Liked my NLA pitch :)
EQ: 06/21
FR: 06/28
Reached out to her on 10/24 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. :)
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
from LBasher7
Oct 14, 2017 11:28 am

EQ: 6/21 with 50 pages from #NLAPitch request
FR: 7/20 ; submitted 8/16
ER: 10/13 - Personalized and helpful

92k Adult Thriller
from Kaiodem
Sep 24, 2017 8:44 am

EQ: 9/24/17

YA Dark Fantasy 87k
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.


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 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

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