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Ms. Kristin Nelson

Nelson Literary Agency, LLC

1732 Wazee Street, Suite 207

Denver, CO 80202



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Website: www.nelsonagency.com/

Blog: nelsonagency.com/pub-rants/

Twitter: agentkristinNLA

AAR Member: Yes

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Snail-Mail: No

E-Mail: Yes

Online Form: No

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from JaeStories
Yesterday 4:50 pm


[76k YA Sci-fi]
5/18: EQ with the first chapter (I know they said 10 pages, but my chapter break was just a little after)
5/26: ER. Not only was it a form letter, it was a form letter signed by Kristin Nelson, Joanna MacKenzie, AND Danielle Burby.

I get that they don't have time to personalize responses, but that's a bit...
from inktruffle
Yesterday 2:45 pm


EQ: 4/25
RQ: 5/18
5/26: Angie, a first round reader, sent me a very nice note that my submission made it past the first round and is on Kristin's desk.
from ejmccay
May 16, 2017 3:55 pm


EQ: 5/16/2017

YA Adventure 71K
from hoptoad62488
May 12, 2017 10:41 pm


EQ: 04/25/17
FR: 05/12/17
FRS: 05/12/17

YA Fantasy 74k
from Slicksix
May 08, 2017 6:18 pm


EQ: 4/29/17
ER: 5/8/17
I got the exact same form e-mail as Bevjack1 below
spec fiction 83K
from jodicardillo
Apr 26, 2017 8:05 am



Okay, this was a nice rejection!

Thank you so much for your patience. I had set aside a bunch of queries that needed a closer read. I blinked and here we are already into late-April. So I apologize for how long I took to get back to you.
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.
from bevjack1
Apr 11, 2017 7:02 pm


EQ 2/5/17 Lit Fic 67K
ER 2/10.16
Thank you so much for thinking of Nelson Literary Agency for your query. I wish we could offer a more personalized response but on average, we receive 500+ email query letters a week. Do know that every query letter and sample are read and even though your project is not right for us, it might be right for another agent so don’t give up! I’m also sorry I have no agent recommendations to offer.

Good luck with all your publishing endeavors.

Sincerely,
Kristin Nelson
Joanna MacKenzie
Danielle Burby
from CicadasAndGulls
Apr 05, 2017 3:59 pm


EQ: 3/24/17
ER: 4/5/17

Contemporary YA 78K

A nice but kind of wacky form letter.
from kib5032
Mar 20, 2017 4:44 pm


EQ 3/9
ER 3/20 (form)

YA fantasy 103k
from Monita
Mar 18, 2017 10:18 am


ER: 2/27
FR: 3/18
YA fantasy
from Snikelfriss
Mar 15, 2017 10:48 pm


EQ 3/6
ER 3/13 form

Contemporary YA
from elitemessenger
Mar 15, 2017 4:30 pm


EQ: 3.7.2017
ER: 3.15.2017

High Fantasy 171K
from reason
Mar 13, 2017 5:04 pm


EQ: 3/6
ER: 3/13

Women's fiction 81k
from JJProbe
Mar 13, 2017 4:55 pm


EQ: 3/2/17
ER: 3/13/17
102K Thriller
Form rejection, but polite and pretty quick:

Thank you so much for thinking of Nelson Literary Agency for your query. I wish we could offer a more personalized response but on average, we receive 500+ email query letters a week. Do know that every query letter and sample are read and even though your project is not right for us, it might be right for another agent so don’t give up! I’m also sorry I have no agent recommendations to offer.

Good luck with all your publishing endeavors.

Sincerely,
Kristin Nelson
Joanna MacKenzie
Danielle Burby
from marinmcg
Mar 06, 2017 7:23 pm


EQ: 2/23/2017
Form rejection: 3/6/2017

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