Recent News

  • Jasinda Wilder's self-published ACX audio edition of ALPHA is a 2015 Audie Award Winner in the Erotica category.
  • Hugh Howey is a 2015 San Diego Comic Con Special Guest Author.
  • Kristen Callihan's indie published THE FRIEND ZONE hits the USA Today Bestseller List!
  • Josh Malerman's BIRD BOX is nominated for the 2014 Shirley Jackson Award!
  • Banner week! Gail Carriger's WAISTCOATS & WEAPONRY has been nominated for the 2015 Locus Award for Young Adult and is the winner of the Steampunk Chronicle Reader's Choice Award.
  • As announced in The Hollywood Reporter, film Rights to New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu’s THE YOUNG ELITES series, set up with Daria Cercek at 20th Century Fox Studios with Marty Bowen, Wyck Godfrey, and Isaac Klausner of Temple Hill Productions (Twilight Saga, Fault In Our Stars) producing.
  • Marie Lu's THE YOUNG ELITES is a 2015 American Library Association Teens' Top Ten Nominee.
  • Hugh Howey's SILO (french translation of WOOL) wins the prestigious Canadian Prix Des Libraires du Quebec Award!
  • Jamie Ford awarded The Storyteller’s Prize,  for artists, scholars and activists who have shown a dedication to celebrating the multicultural and multiracial experience in fiction.
  • Marie Lu's EVERTREE, the anticipated conclusion to Scholastic's Spirit Animals middle grade series, hits the New York Times, USA Today, and the Wall Street Journal bestseller lists
  • Kristen Callihan's EVERNIGHT nominated for a 2015 RITA for Best Paranormal Romance.
  • Gail Carriger's PRUDENCE, the first book in her new Custard Protocol series, hits the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists.
  • Lisa Shearin's THE DRAGON CONSPIRACY debuts at #18 on the Barnes & Noble sf/f mass market bestseller list.
  • Gail Carriger's PRUDENCE is a 2015 Amazon Best Book of March Pick in both the Romance & SciFi/Fantasy categories.
  • Josh Malerman's BIRD BOX nominated for a 2015 Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a First Novel!

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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