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Ms. Kelly Peterson

Rees Literary Agency

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Kelly Peterson

Rees Literary Agency

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This agent is seeking the following genres:


  • Fantasy, Historical
Middle Grade
  • Middle Grade, Adventure
  • Middle Grade, Contemporary
  • Middle Grade, Fantasy
  • Middle Grade, Historical
  • Romance, Contemporary
  • Romance, Historical
Young Adult
  • Young Adult, Contemporary
  • Young Adult, Fantasy
  • Young Adult, Historical
  • Young Adult, Paranormal
  • Young Adult, Romance
  • Young Adult, Science Fiction
  • Young Adult, Thriller/Suspense


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Kerry Adrienne
Avery Aster
Emm Cole
Author Comments
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02/13/2023 02:34 PM
Honestly, the fact she seems to personalise at least some of the rejections makes me not mind waiting so long.
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02/04/2023 01:24 PM
Profile Update: Closed to queries.
01/30/2023 02:27 PM
Query Manager Submission: 11/10/22
Nudge w/Offer of Rep: 12/30/22
Automatic Response: 12/30/22
Request for Full Manuscript: 1/3/23
Offer of Representation: 1/19/23

YA Fantasy 75,000 words
01/25/2023 02:09 PM
Five days from Query to Rejection, but it was a personalized rejection letting me know she couldn't consider it based on length. Will be re-submitting after another round of edits.
01/25/2023 11:37 AM
@JustinJoseph I nudged a few days ago and got an automated reply that said this:

Thank you for your message. Rest assured that I have received your message and will get back to you as soon as possible. Please practice a bit of patience and excuse my tardiness, as the publishing industry is slow!

So I would probably wait!
01/23/2023 12:06 PM
She said she was closing queries on Feb. 1st to catch up. Should I nudge before then?
01/19/2023 05:34 PM
Rejection 15 days later w/advice about length and other useful resources. Very helpful and appreciated! YA Contemporary 54k
01/19/2023 05:05 PM
Kelly rejected my manuscript but gave great advice on how to improve it for a possible resubmission. I will make the suggested changes and I look forward to submitting to Kelly in the future. Thank you, Kelly, for the best rejection I have ever gotten.
01/06/2023 05:25 AM
Kelly rejected my proposal but she sent me a wonderful email full of helpful suggestions. Thank you, Kelly, most appreciated.
12/28/2022 03:14 PM
FQ: 12/28

89K YA Fantasy
12/14/2022 03:10 PM
Query 12/14/22
12/09/2022 09:19 PM
FQ: 10/19
Offer notification: 12/8
Automatic response thanking me for letting her know, and that she will be in touch
12/02/2022 11:45 AM
Queried: 10/15
Notification of Offer of Rep on different MS: 10/24
Nudge: 11/02
Full Request: 11/04
Asked to see query of other MS: 11/04
Nudge 11/29
Adult Fantasy 100k
12/01/2022 03:36 PM
@justinjoseph it looks like Kelly's gotten 500 queries in the last 90 days. I'm sure it's just taking time to go through everything. I have a 6-month query out with a different agent who regularly shares that the industry is inundated right now but she plans to respond to everyone.
11/22/2022 04:57 PM
FQ: 11/21 (50k)
Personalized rejection: 11/22

She was nice about it and basically said my word count is too low for the genre (YA fantasy). So when querying her remember that word count counts.
11/22/2022 03:23 PM
FQ: 11/14; Science fiction (109k)
Personalized rejection: 11/22

Kind personalized rejection that encouraged resubmission if I were to lower the word count to a "reasonable" number for age & genre.
11/14/2022 11:36 AM
FQ: 11/8/22

Fantasy YA 91k
11/02/2022 12:54 PM
Kelly's average response time on querytracker is 58 days for a positive response and 26 days for a negative. Her response rate is 19.4%.
11/01/2022 03:37 PM
FQ: 10-18

Adult Fantasy Romance: 110 k
10/25/2022 04:27 PM
I haven't heard back yet -- it's been over a month. Fingers crossed.
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02/04/2023 - Closed to queries.
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