Pub Rants

A Very Nice Literary Agent Indulges in Polite Rants About Queries, Writers, and the Publishing Industry

Query Tip: Avoid the Checkbox Grocery List In The Pitch

Note from Kristin: Jamie is one of NLA’s first reader on queries. He reads hundreds a week so this was worth sharing. By Jamie Persichetti As a gay man, it’s always weird to read in query letter book pitches that a story “features LGBTQ+ characters” or “has diversity” like they are bonus content on the […]

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9 Story Openings to Avoid, Part 6

By Kristin Nelson & Angie Hodapp For Part 1 and the genesis of this series, click here. For Part 2, click here. For Part 3, click here. For Part 4, click here. For Part 5, click here.  Your opening pages might be in trouble if… #6) Your novel opens with prose problems, such as flowery or overly descriptive verbiage. This morning, while sipping my steaming hot and […]

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2016 End of Year Stats!

 

Wowza, did last year fly by! I was just getting used to writing 2016 on documents, and now I have to switch to 2017. In any case, it’s time for our end-of-year stats: 2 new agents at NLA (Joanna MacKenzie and Danielle Burby come on board!) 39 career New York Times bestsellers (up from 37 in 2015. So close to […]

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NLA Welcomes Danielle Burby

 

As announced on Publishers Weekly, NLA is pleased to welcome two new agents: Joanna MacKenzie and Danielle Burby. I was always the class bookworm, but, for some reason, I spent most of high school convinced that my future was in Broadway. In fact, I felt really bad for the English teacher who told me she thought I was destined for a […]

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NLA Welcomes Joanna MacKenzie

 

As announced on Publishers Weekly, NLA is pleased to welcome two new agents: Joanna MacKenzie and Danielle Burby. I owe my love of books to the librarian of my childhood bookmobile, who, after I had worked my way through The Baby-Sitters Club and Sweet Valley High, lifted the velvet rope and let me in to the grown-up section, where I […]

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