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!
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Kirkus chooses M.C. Planck's SWORD OF THE BRIGHT LADY as a Top Pick for Speculative Fiction Reads for September.
  • Random House announces its 30th printing for Jamie Ford's debut novel HOTEL ON THE CORNER OF BITTER AND SWEET and that officially puts the title over a million copies in print. 
  • Publishers Weekly gives Marie Lu's first book in her new series, THE YOUNG ELITES, a starred review.
  • Janice Hardy's SHIFTER is chosen for Ten Books All Georgians Should Read List.
  • Josh Malerman's BIRD BOX is nominated for the 2014 Kirkus Prize for Fiction.
  • Time Magazine picks EDDIE RED UNDERCOVER by Marcia Wells as one of the 5 Best Books for Your Kids (this summer)!

Submission Guidelines

To hopefully make your writing life easier, please know I 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.

All queries and sample pages need to be sent electronically for tracking. That’s why I cannot accept queries by snail mail, phone, in person, or through my Facebook page.

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. This email box receives a lot of spam, and following these simple directions will ensure that your query isn’t accidentally deleted or spam filtered.

No email attachments please. Attachments will not be opened, and emails containing attachments will be deleted unread. If the email query captures my interest and I would like to request sample pages, I 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.

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.

Several times a year, I 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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