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Ms. Joanna MacKenzie

Nelson Literary Agency, LLC

Chicago, IL



Website: www.nelsonagency.com/

Twitter: joannamackenzie

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E-Mail: No

Online Form: Yes

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from RedOryx
Aug 27, 2020 12:50 pm


FQ 8/25/20
FR 8/27/20

80K Adult contemporary romance
from pljarizona
Aug 12, 2020 12:54 am


FQ 8/3/20
FR 8/10/20 - I apprediate the prompt response.
Historical Family Saga 92,200
from Patrick (admin)
Aug 03, 2020 11:26 am


Profile Update: Open to queries.
from ScribblingWoman
Jul 09, 2020 4:53 pm


EQ: 5/25/2020
Full Request: 5/27/2020
Full Rejection: 7/1/2020
Verbatim the same response @gracieprince got a couple years ago--sounds somewhat personalized, but just a form. :(
"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."
78k Commercial WF

from albert
Jul 04, 2020 3:07 am


Sent polite letter stating that it's not right for them. A few days later the agent was closed to queries.
from americantypo
Jul 02, 2020 5:10 pm


Got the rejection today; form letter, word for word what Scribbling Woman got. It sucks, but I also can't hope that there is some level of sincerity and that even if it wasn't a match, even getting a request is a huge accomplishment and they'll be an agent that clicks with the material. Off I go to drink, good luck everyone.
from Catsamoa79
Jul 02, 2020 5:06 pm


EQ: 6/25/20
ER: 7/2/20
Form letter
from Patrick (admin)
Jul 01, 2020 12:35 pm


Profile Update: Closed to queries.
from moniquemihalit
Jun 29, 2020 6:42 pm


EQ: June 22
FormR: June 29

97K, YA historical
from americantypo
Jun 18, 2020 9:10 am


Got a full request on 5/7; will update if there are any responses, etc, for those of us waiting for it. Looking over it, it looks like she usually responds around the 40-50 day mark, which is soon for the batch of requests she's made. Best of luck to us all.
from LateToTheParty
Jun 15, 2020 7:18 pm


FQ 06/01/20
FR 06/15/20

Crime, 80K words.
from MmeRenard
Jun 13, 2020 7:00 am


FQ 5/27/20
FR 6/12/20
Form letter
80K WF
from max_entropy
May 18, 2020 4:03 pm


FQ 5/11/20 88k women's crime. She seemed like a real good fit.
FR 5/18/20: Think I've seen this one before. Is this a default QueryManager rejection slip?
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 fepierce
May 18, 2020 12:38 pm


FQ: 5/3/20 (Adult horror, 70k)
Form rejection: 5/18/20
from swatithegeek
Apr 17, 2020 7:19 am


FQ: 04/04/20
ER: 04/17/20, form

Adult rom-com, 73k

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