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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 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
from molly512
Mar 26, 2021 8:11 am


Per Twitter:

"I'm closing to queries starting tomorrow, March 26, in advance of spring break. Back with you toward the end of April. Thanks!"
from fallersassi
Mar 02, 2021 2:21 pm


Multicultural NA 70,000
Send 2/27 Reject 3/1
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...
from rejuwi
Feb 27, 2021 12:59 am


Responded to online form query within a day -- very kind, encouraging rejection that differed from the form letters I saw below. Really appreciated the fast response time.
from Whitegardenia
Feb 25, 2021 2:07 pm


OFQ: 11-Feb
ER: 25-Feb form letter rejection
(same rej as per VictoriaJayne below)

Historical Romance
from EddieLane
Feb 09, 2021 9:32 am


Queried via Form: 01/26/2021
Form rejection.

55k Adult historic/fairytale retelling.
from Coffee_Obsessed
Feb 08, 2021 12:00 pm


Q: 01/23
R: 02/08

Cont rom
from VictoriaJayne
Feb 05, 2021 10:10 am


1/21/21 - FQ
2/5/21 - Form Rejection "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!"

98K - Adult Contemporary Romance - Motorcycle Club Romance - 1st in Series
from annaupt
Feb 03, 2021 9:58 pm


FQ 1/15/21
FR 1/25/21

97k literary
from Patrick (admin)
Jan 11, 2021 11:23 am


Profile Update: Open to queries.
from sgtkilljoy79
Dec 07, 2020 10:20 am


EQ: 16 Nov 20
FR: 7 Dec 20

Adult suspense/thriller, 80k

Third time querying Joanna. The team at NLA seem very well-rounded and passionate about their clients. Best of luck to everyone in the trenches!
from Patrick (admin)
Nov 30, 2020 5:47 pm


Profile Update: Closed to queries.

Thanks anica74

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