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Ms. Joanna MacKenzie

Nelson Literary Agency, LLC

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Joanna MacKenzie

Nelson Literary Agency, LLC

Chicago, IL
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This agent is seeking the following genres:


Chick Lit
Family Saga
Literary Fiction
  • Romance, Category
  • Romance, Contemporary
  • Romance, Thriller/Suspense
Women's Fiction
Young Adult
  • Young Adult, Contemporary
  • Young Adult, Literary
  • Young Adult, Mystery


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Known Clients (current & past)
Kate Baer
Shana Gallen
John Galligan
Alison Hammer
Robin Huber
Sierra Kincade
Jonathan Messinger
Meghan Scott Molin
Kristen Simmons
Kathleen West
Author Comments
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02/23/2024 01:22 PM
Thriller 100k
Query: 2/1
Generic Rejection: 2/23
02/14/2024 11:57 AM
EQ: 1/30/24
ER: 2/14/24
Form letter
02/02/2024 12:10 PM
QM: 1/19/2024 (first 10 pages; sent first chapter)
YA spy mystery/thriller 67k
QR: 2/2/2024 form

"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!

Good luck with all your publishing endeavors."
01/30/2024 04:34 PM
QM: 1/8/24
Full Request: 1/24/24
Personalized Rejection: 1/30/24

Dear ___
Thank you so much for sharing [TITLE] 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.

Very kind rejection. Felt so close! Onto the next! Good luck everyone!
01/16/2024 05:11 PM
Query: 1/8
Polite Form Reject: 1/16
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01/08/2024 - Open to queries.
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