Recent News

  • Washington Post names the five best romance novels of 2014 and Kristen Callihan's EVERNIGHT is on the list.
  • Kirkus chooses Josh Malerman's BIRD BOX as a Best Fiction Book of 2014!
  • Marie Lu's THE YOUNG ELITES is an Amazon Best Book of 2014!
  • Malerman's BIRD BOX is a 2015 Texas Library Association Tayshas High School Reading List Pick!
  • WHAT A LADY DEMANDS by Ashlyn Macnamara nominated for Best Digital Historical Romance of 2014 at RT Book Reviews.
  • THE SAINT by Tiffany Reisz nominated for Best Erotica of 2014 at RT Book Reviews.
  • Marie Lu's debut fantasy novel THE YOUNG ELITES hits the New York Times Bestseller list and spends 4+ weeks there.
  • Malerman's BIRD BOX is a 2014 Best Horror Nominee for the Goodreads Choice Awards.
  • Hudson Booksellers chooses Malerman's BIRD BOX as a Best Book of 2014.
  • Two weeks after its debut, FALLS THE SHADOW by Stefanie Gaither, goes to its second printing.
  • Library Journal Names all three DEMONS OF ELYSIUM books by Jane Kindred (starting with PRINCE OF TRICKS) as Best Books of 2014 in e-original romance.
  • Romantic Times grants THE KING by Tiffany Reisz its Top Pick review calling it, "another great edition to an innovative series."
  • Marie Lu's THE YOUNG ELITES is an Amazon Best of the Month Pick!
  • Kristen Callihan's debut New Adult novel THE HOOK UP hits the USA Today Bestseller list!
  • Sara has been invited to present and take pitches at the inaugural Colorado Writing Workshops: ColoradoWritingWorkshops.com

Submission Guidelines

Both Kristin Nelson and Sara Megibow are accepting submissions for representation. We do not look at submissions for nonfiction, screenplays, short-story collections, poetry, children’s picture books or chapter books, or material for the Christian/inspirational market.

We only accept queries and sample pages electronically. We do not accept queries by snail mail, phone, in person, via Twitter, or through our Facebook pages.

The body of your email should contain a one-page query letter about your project. Write QUERY and the title of your project in the subject field of your email. We receive a lot of spam, and following these simple directions will ensure that your query isn’t accidentally deleted.

No email attachments please. Attachments will not be opened, and emails containing attachments will be deleted unread. If the email query captures our interest and we would like to request sample pages, we will send you a reply email with explicit directions for submitting those pages.

Currently Seeking...

Kristin is looking for a good story well told. How you tell that story doesn’t need to fit in a neat little category. For those looking for more specifics, the below might be helpful:

  • Young-adult and upper-level middle-grade novels in all subgenres
  • Big crossover novels with one foot squarely in genre
    (Wool, The Night Circus, Gone Girl)
  • Literary commercial novels
    (Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand, The Art of Racing in the Rain)
  • Upmarket women’s fiction
    (Keepsake, My Sister’s Keeper, Still Alice)
  • Single-title romance (historicals especially)
    (Ravishing The Heiress, The Ugly Duchess, The Heir)
  • Lead title or hardcover science fiction and fantasy
    (Soulless, Game of Thrones, Old Man’s War)

For a list of Kristin’s recent sales, please visit her page at Publishers Marketplace.

Sara is currently looking for superior writing and a great concept. Whether a book has vampires or butterflies, spaceships or school buses, it doesn’t matter. Sara wants to be carried away by the story. If your book is fantasy, paranormal, science fiction, steampunk, contemporary, historical, short, long or a mashup of all the above, send it along! Boiled down to a list, here it is:

  • Young-adult and middle-grade novels in all subgenres
  • Super sexy romance with a solid dose of humor
  • Complex fantasy of all types: epic fantasy, urban fantasy, quirky fantasy, historical fantasy
  • All science fiction from very science-y to action-packed and commercial
  • New Adult manuscripts that feature early 20-something protagonists and conflicts about identity and independence
  • Debut authors and Diversity friendly!

Sara has posted submission notes, recent sales, and client information at Publishers Marketplace.

How to Send to Us

Submit a query directly to Kristin: querykristin@nelsonagency.com

Submit a query directly to Sara: querysara@nelsonagency.com

Response Time

We here at NLA read and respond by email to each and every query sent to us. Expect a quick response to queries (within 5 days). Occasionally, it may take longer.

If you have not received a response after two weeks, then something might have gone astray in the cyber world. Is your email account still active? Are emails to you being spam-filtered? Our reply to you might have bounced or been deleted. You might want to resend your email query.

If you have submitted sample pages to our submission database per our request, please remember that a response can take up to two months. As with queries, we will email our response to sample pages electronically, so keep an eye on your spam folder.

Examples of Good Query Letters

Kristin has done a terrific blog workshop on query letters. You can check it out in the right side bar of Pub Rants. There are also several query letters from NLA clients posted there, as well as Kristin’s submission pitch letters to editors for NLA titles that have sold.

Several times a year, we also present webinars on how to nail the query pitch paragraph. Definitely worth the entry fee if you struggle with mastering the art of the query pitch!

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  • 303.292.2805
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