Submission Guidelines

Before submitting to NLA, please choose only one of our agents to query. We happily share queries with each other, so a pass from one of us is a pass from both.

Current Response Time to Queries

1 to 3 weeks.

Submit through Query Manager
with the following:

  • a brief bio, including any writing credentials
  • the title, genre, and word count of your work
  • your query letter
  • the first ten pages of your work

What We Don't Represent:

  • Scripts/Screenplays
  • Short-story collections
  • Prescriptive non-fiction, abuse narratives, political works
  • Material for the Christian/Inspirational market

Current Query Status

Referrals only

Submission Guidelines

Before submitting to NLA, please choose only one of our agents to query. We happily share queries with each other, so a pass from one of us is a pass from both.

Our Agents

Joanna’s #MSWL

  • High-concept, twisty, unputdownable stories with a strong voice in the areas of women’s fiction, thriller, and speculative. (Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam, Before I Go To Sleep by S.J Watson, Dark Matter by Blake Crouch)
  • Timely commercial fiction in which the personal intersects with the world at large, and/or that explores toxic friendships and complex, challenging family dynamics. (Luster by Raven Leilani, This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel)
  • Heartfelt and timeless stories that you want to re-read about identity, unlikely friendships, reinvention, second acts, and women finding their voices and power, especially with touches of magic or speculative or time slips. (The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow, This Time Tomorrow by Emma Straub)
  • Voicey, confident, atmospheric mysteries set in close-knit communities; creepy islands and Midwest-set are a plus. (The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman, Only Murders In The Building, the Shetland series by Ann Cleeves)
  • Because I came to Chicago by way of Poland and Canada, I’m always looking for stories about the immigrant experience. (The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri is a longtime favorite.)
  • Diverse take on Kids On Bikes narratives—if they happen to be set in the Midwest or Canadian prairies, all the better.
  • Elin Hilderbrand and/or Louise Penny for the Third Coast—I’d love to see something set in a resort town in Michigan.

Recent binges: The Summer of Bitter and Sweet by Jen Ferguson; Never Have I Ever; Nora Goes Off Script by Annabel Monaghan; The Partner Track

Due to unforeseen circumstances, I need to stay closed to queries a bit longer than originally expected. I’ll be open again soon, so please keep an eye on this space.

Referrals only

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Kristin’s #MSWL

  • Literary/commercial novels that tackle timely issues and uncomfortable or complicated relationship dynamics and leave the reader grappling long after the last page is read (Little Fires Everywhere, Such a Fun Age)
  • High-concept, character-driven novels with one foot squarely in genre (Wool, Bird Box, Station 11)
  • Absolutely delightful and emotionally engaging novels that can be read over and over again because experiencing that world and those characters is a joy (Remarkably Bright CreaturesMajor Pettigrew’s Last Stand, Less, Lessons in Chemistry)
  • Character-driven novels in the thriller, speculative, or science fiction and fantasy realm that illuminate the world we live in through the lens of an imagined world (The Fifth Season, Ancillary Justice, Gone Girl)
  • Historical novels that feature a narrative voice and story that is under-represented in history or a story never before told (Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, The Downstairs Girl, The Ventriloquists)
  • Young-adult novels that pack a serious or a delightful emotional punch delivered in a contemporary setting, #ownvoices, or in a past, future, or imagined world
  • I am not currently looking at submissions for middle-grade novels.


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