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December 2014
A Message from Kristin Nelson

Three (Hopefully) Inspiring Thoughts for 2015

Kristin Nelson

As we wind down to head into the winter break (and the winter holidays, if you celebrate them), here are my three (hopefully) inspiring thoughts for writers:

1. I recently had a discussion with a writer who had convinced herself that she was a middle-grade author. But when she wrote a young-adult novel, suddenly, that’s when she discovered her voice, the story worked, and she received multiple offers of representation.

If a genre or a project isn’t working, don’t be afraid to experiment with something totally new and outside of what you thought you’d write as an author. You might just discover magic!

2. Lately I’ve read a lot of really nicely written sample pages. I didn’t often ask for a full, but that’s not because these authors didn’t have talent. I just didn’t think it was the right story for this moment in time in terms of the market.

Don’t get caught writing and revising one story. I can name ten of my current clients whose first novel was rejected by me but whom I took on for a later project. Like my father used to say about love, it’s often about timing. I didn’t want to hear it when I was twenty-four, but he was right. And an author’s career is often about the right story at exactly the right time.

Keep writing!

3. Never stop learning. There is always something new to be found that will take your writing to the next level—a level you didn’t even know was possible to achieve. And that might be the moment you are discovered.

Have an amazing 2015!

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Think Like an Agent

The Moment It's Impossible To Think Like An Agent


I have to admit, there are times I’m not thinking like an agent. Just today I was chatting on the phone with an editor. Actually, we were commiserating. She had just lost an auction for a book she really loved, and I had lost out on an offer of representation to an author for a book I really loved.

When that happens, I’m just a disappointed fan rather than an agent. I read a lot. And I’ve actually read a lot of good stuff recently that didn’t elicit an offer of representation. Not because the author wasn’t talented, but because the manuscript lacked that certain something. I’ll call it “spark” for lack of a better word. It didn’t make me burn with the need to call the author right then and there to say, “Please, I’ve got to have this. I have to represent you.”

And so when you read for months, liking what you read but not loving it, and then that one project comes shining through, it’s an excitement I can’t describe.

An excitement that other agents obviously shared, I say with chagrin.

Still, I get super excited. I form the editor submission list in my head. I work out the perfect pitch to get editors excited. I’m ready to start the new year, launch a new career. Somebody just yell, “Go!”

But I’m not the only good agent out there. The competition was tough. The author didn’t choose me. But I’ll still be cheering from the sidelines as a fan.

Rather than as the agent.

Kristin's Book Club

Meeting on December 21

And because ending out the year has been so hectic, I haven’t even begun reading our latest book-club selection. But Karrie, who recently joined our book club, said that when she asked for the book at her local library, the librarian began speaking to her in hushed tones–as if Karrie were trying to read up on how to survive the drunk tank. We just laughed and laughed. Karrie didn’t have the heart to tell the librarian that the book was firmly in the category of social science and not personally relevant!

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