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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
Comments by authors about this agent.
03/13/2023 01:36 PM
FQ: 2/27/2023
FR: 3/12/2023

72k M/T
03/10/2023 12:16 PM
Queried: 2/22/23
Full request: 3/10/23
Adult Suspense

This is the first request that I've received on this book!
03/03/2023 09:13 AM
Q: 02/19/2023
FR: 03/03/2023

Same rejections the other below.
03/02/2023 04:45 PM
Form Query: 2/16/23
Form Rejection: 3/2/23
Dear ___,

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.

Joanna MacKenzie
03/02/2023 12:12 PM
FQ: 2/19/23
FR: 3/2/23

69k Adult Romance/Myth Retelling - doesn't fit her list/not what she's looking for right now
02/28/2023 04:37 PM
FQ: 2/28/23

Upmarket 85K
02/27/2023 04:02 PM
Form Query thru QM: 1/10
Full Request: 2/6
MS sent on 2/14/23 after finishing some minor revisions
Very nice rejection: 2/27/23 Nice personalized rejection. This one smarts a bit as I had truly hoped Joanna was "the one".

Upmarket, coming-of-age, literary horror: 83,000 words
02/22/2023 01:54 PM
2/10/23 - Online form re: The Knotted Gun - suspense - 75K. Received auto-response of receipt.
2/22/23 - form rejection
02/22/2023 10:46 AM
FQ: 2/6/23
FR: 2/22/23

99k lgbtq+ adult romcom
02/15/2023 10:39 AM
FQ: 1/10
Full Request: 2/6
Rejection: 2/14 Very kind, said she loved many elements but that she is very selective with her clients and the plot unfolded too slowly for her. Bittersweet rejection for sure, she would be wonderful to work with.

YA Contemporary Fantasy 101K
Profile Update

Patrick (Admin)
02/06/2023 02:59 PM
Profile Update: Open to queries.
Profile Update

Patrick (Admin)
01/18/2023 04:06 PM
Profile Update: Closed to queries. Thanks bookgirl_123
01/18/2023 03:44 PM
QueryManager says she is now closed to queries
01/18/2023 09:55 AM
EQ: 1/10/23
ER: 1/18/23
Profile Update

Patrick (Admin)
01/09/2023 03:20 PM
Profile Update: Open to queries.
12/09/2022 06:28 PM
Form query: 10/4/22
Form(?) rejection: 12/9/22

"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."
12/08/2022 06:49 PM
Queried 9/22/22
Full Request 10/14/22
FR 12/8/22
71k Adult Suspense Novel with plus sized protagonist and amateur sleuthing in a haunted mansion.

Very kind rejection:
"Thank you so much for sharing [REDACTED] 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."
Profile Update

Patrick (Admin)
11/15/2022 03:36 PM
Profile Update: Closed to queries.
11/08/2022 11:41 AM
Form Query 10/24/22
Form Rejection 11/08/22

Supernatural Suspense, 89k
11/04/2022 10:31 AM
Query sent 10/15/22
YA Speculative Mystery 75k
Nudge with offer of rep 10/28/22
Full Request 10/30/22
Kind Rejection 11/4/22
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Last Update:
02/06/2023 - Open to queries.
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