Submission Guidelines

Please note that NLA’s submission guidelines have changed!

Please remember that submissions are accepted via email only. Because all queries and submissions are tracked (in case a response needs to be resent), no queries by snail mail, phone, in person, or through social media, including Facebook and Twitter.

How to submit your email query:

  1. Start by making sure NLA represents the type of project you’ve written. See details outlined below.
  2. Open a new email and address it to querykristin@nelsonagency.com.
  3. In the subject line, write QUERY and the title of your project. This will help ensure that your query isn’t accidentally deleted or caught in our spam filter.
  4. In the body of your email, include a one-page query letter about your project followed by the first ten pages of your manuscript.
  5. No attachments please! Because of virus concerns, emails with attachments are deleted unread.

  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)

Please remember that I do not look at submissions for nonfiction, memoir, screenplays, short-story collections, poetry, children’s picture books or early reader chapter books, or material for the Christian/inspirational market.

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

  How to Send to Kristin

Submit a query directly to: querykristin@nelsonagency.com

 

  Response Time

I read and respond by email to each and every query sent to me. 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? My 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, I will email my response to sample pages electronically, so keep an eye on your spam folder.

  Examples of Good Query Letters

I have 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 my submission pitch letters to editors for NLA titles that have sold. I also have a popular twitter hashtag #NLAquerytip with lots of useful information.

Several times a year, I 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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