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This month, Agent Kristin breaks down the NLA stats of 2020, Angie tackles antagonists, and NLA Writers in the Know give tips on how to achieve writing goals.

January 2021

In This Issue Kristin Chats Publishing |  NLA in the News |  Writers in the Know |  Angie Chats Story Craft |  From the Blog  |  Kristin's Book Club  |  New Releases


Kristin Chats Publishing

2020 NLA End-of-Year Stats

Kristin Nelson

Due to a large bot attack that crashed our site on Jan. 15, we are resending our newsletter today. For over a decade NLA has compiled our yearly stats. This year is no exception but with one big surprise in the data. And it’s all about queries and the possible impact of Covid.

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NLA in the News

Katrina Monroe’s The Drowning Girls, a feminist horror about a woman untangling a generations-old curse after returning to the village of her youth, to Mary Altman at Sourcebooks.


Ausma Zehanat Khan’s Blackwater Falls, set in Colorado introduces a Muslim investigator as she looks into the death of a young immigrant woman, in a 2-book deal, to Catherine Richards at Minotaur.

In a six-figure deal, Jennifer Ung at Simon & Schuster has acquired North American rights to The Jump by Brittney Morris.


Writers in the Know

Achieving Writing Goals

This month, we asked three NLA authors to give some tips on how they make writing time happen.

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Angie Chats Story Craft


It's Story O'Clock: Do You Know Where Your Antagonists Are? (Part 2)

Angie Hodapp

Imagine the opening of a contemporary YA fantasy manuscript. The heroine is fleeing through a forest at night, chased by a hulking, hairy hellhound with sharp claws and sharper teeth. The heroine trips over a log and breaks her leg. As the beast closes in, the heroine, dizzy with pain and fear, loses consciousness…

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From the Blog

Tales from the Submission Inbox
#querywin – An MG Novel Sparks Memory
Writing Craft: Action Vs Active Openings To Grab Attention

Kristin’s Book Club

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We’re baaaaack! With our beautiful and newly designed newsletter, it’s time to sink back into a good book with Kristin’s book club. Two decades and Covid can’t stop us. This Sunday we are meeting via Zoom (of course) to have nibbles, drink wine and chat this latest nonfiction work by  Susan Orlean. I got lucky as an editor shared with me an early final copy of this title when it first released in the world. Still, I should have checked it out of the Denver Public Library. Right?

In a love letter to libraries everywhere, Orlean  unravels a mystery: “On the morning of April 28, 1986, a fire alarm sounded in the Los Angeles Public Library. The fire was disastrous: it reached two thousand degrees and burned for more than seven hours. By the time it was extinguished, it had consumed four hundred thousand books and damaged seven hundred thousand more. Investigators descended on the scene, but more than thirty years later, the mystery remains: Did someone purposefully set fire to the library–and if so, who?”

Verdict coming next month. And if you want to get a jump on the next title, it’s Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens.

New Releases

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