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

LA Times

Roseanne. A Brown’s A Song of Wraiths and Ruin makes the Los Angeles Times Summer Reading List.

Arthur C Clarke Award

Valerie Valdes’ Chilling Effect is a 2021 Arthur C. Clarke Award Finalist.

“Emotional and gripping,” Bookpage gives a starred review for The Cost of Knowing by Brittney Morris.

Bustle

Brittney Morris’ The Cost of Knowing named one of the Best New Books to Read This April

PopSugar

Brittney Morris’ The Cost of Knowing named one of the 12 best YA Books of April

In a two-book deal, Foyinsi Adegbonmire at Feiwel and Friends has acquired North American rights to And Other Mistakes by Erika Turner.

Kirkus

Brittney Morris’ The Cost of Knowing receives a starred review.

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

Roseanne Brown’s A Song of Wraiths and Ruin is nominated for the YALSA Amazing Audiobooks

Kirkus

Roseanne Brown’s A Song of Wraiths and Ruin is named a Best YA Fantasy of 2020

Roseanne Brown’s A Song of Wraiths and Ruin audiobook receives a starred SLJ review

Simon and Schuster’s Jennifer Ung has bought for Salaam Reads, at auction, Priyanka Taslim’s debut YA Rom-Com The Love Match for six figures.

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