Quressa Robinson

I’ve been an avid reader as long as I can remember. My oldest grudge stems from third grade, when the librarian’s daughter beat me out of a first-place gold medal in the summer reading challenge by two books. I was robbed! I have an MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia, spent five years as an editor (mostly at St. Martin’s Press) I joined NLA in September 2017.

As a New York-based agent, I’m eager to build my MG, YA, and Adult lists. When I find a great book I get very invested. I fall in love. The characters begin to feel real and familiar. The story becomes a treasured member of my family (and library). It owns my heart. Give me stories I can become deeply passionate about.

When not curled on my couch reading, I play video games, enjoy too much TV—mostly Sailor Moon and ATLA (Fire Nation!)—eat delicious things, drink champagne, hang out with my very clever partner, and add another “dramatic” color to my lipstick collection.

So, give me stories that will make me geek out or make me have an epic fangirl squee. Or give me something I didn’t know I desperately needed. You can also find details about my recent sales on Publishers Marketplace. Follow me @qnrisawesome.

 

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  • Modern-day blue stockings, BIPOC fangirls/fanboys, #blackgirlmagic, #carefreeblackgirls, #blackboyjoy, LGBTQ+, BIPOC falling in love, neuroatypical/neurodivergent, and disabled BIPOCs as leads
  • Middle Grade (contemporary, literary, and SF/F). Cute, quirky, charming, and fun. Along the lines of Kiki’s Delivery Service, Spirited Away, The Girl that Drank the Moon, the Pandava series, Hurricane Child.
  • Young adult (contemporary, Rom Coms, and SF/F) *I have TONS of SF/F on my current list so I am extremely selective with this genre*
  • Adult SF/F with strong genre-bending/crossover appeal. (Think the All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness, The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, and The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker. I’m also a fan of Anne Bishop and Naomi Novik. More recent books that I’ve loved: Trail of Lightning, The Ten Thousand Doors of January, and Empire of Sand.)
  • Passion projects in narrative nonfiction with a strong literary voice and commercial appeal (Wild by Cheryl Strayed, Hillbilly Elegy by JD Vance, Black Man in a White Coat by Damon Tweedy, When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi). Would love to see non-whitewashed cowboy stories; pop science by women, specifically women of color; and literary, voice-driven memoir with commercial appeal.
  • #ownvoices and marginalized authors in all genres mentioned above. Inclusive narratives in all genres.
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Quressa’s Recent News

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Roseanne A. Brown joins an expert panel of fantasy authors as they discuss how romance can provide the driving force of a story.

Ahead of the upcoming PS5 video game Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Titan Books will publish a YA companion novel by bestselling author Brittney Morris.

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Brittney Morris’ The Cost of Knowing makes the roundup list “Bring On 2021 Because We’re So Excited For These Young Adult Books That Come Out Next Year

Brittney Morris and 13 other Black Authors You Should Read Right Now

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Brittney Morris’ SLAY and 25 other YA Science Fiction Books For All Types of Readers

NYT Bestselling author Roseanne A. Brown to pen an original middle grade graphic novel featuring Black Panther’s Shuri.

Stephanie Lurie at Disney/Rick Riordan Presents has acquired bestselling and PW Flying Start author Roseanne A. Brown‘s debut middle grade fantasy, Serwa Boateng’s Guide to Vampire Hunting.

A Song Of Wraiths And Ruin is an instant New York Times bestseller landing in the #10 spot.

SLAY by Brittney Morris is listed on 2020 Rise: A Feminist Book Project List

American Library Association names Slay as 2020 best title for young adult fiction

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