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agent : jmackenzie@nelsonagency.com
Joanna MacKenzie
Nelson Literary Agency
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I joined Nelson Literary Agency in 2017 and am currently building a list of adult and YA titles. Previously, I was with Browne & Miller Literary Associates where I successfully placed numerous manuscripts that have gone on to become critically acclaimed, award-winning, and bestselling novels.  I enjoy working with authors who embrace the full publishing process (read: love revising) and am committed to the stories my clients want to tell both with the words they put on paper, as well as with the careers the build. 

I'm looking for the epic read that, at it's center, beats with a universal heart.  In particular, I'm drawn to smart and timely women's fiction, as well as absorbing, character-driven mysteries and thrillers - both, ideally, with a little edge.  On the YA side, I'm interested in coming of age stories that possess a confident voice and characters I can't stop thinking about.   Originally from Poland, and by way of Canada, I'm all about narratives that deal with the themes of identity and the immigrant experience, as well as those that delve into the relationships that make us who we are - parents, siblings, best friends, and first love.


GENRES & SPECIALTIES
General fiction, Mystery, Suspense/thriller, Juvenile fiction
LEADING CLIENTS
Shana Galen, Kristen Simmons, Kate Baer, Ashley Murray, Robin Huber
BEST-KNOWN PROJECTS
The Article 5 Series by Kristen Simmons, The Glass Arrow by Kristen Simmons, Metaltown by Kristen Simmons, The Covent Garden Cubs Series; Jewels of the Ton Series; Sons of the Revolution Series all by Shana Galen
MOST RECENT SALES/ FORTHCOMING BOOKS
October 5, 2016 - BURNED by Emily Belden
Fiction: Women's/Romance
Debut novelist Emily Belden's BURNED, the November 1, 2016 - Lisa Bingham
Fiction: Women's/Romance
Lisa Bingham's THE BACHELORS' ACCIDENTAL BRIDES series, when an avalanche strands a train carrying dozens of California-bound mail-order brides near a silver mine in remote Utah Territory, sparks fly and more than one die-hard bachelor miner contemplates revolt against the mining company's "no women allowed" rule, to Melissa Endlich at Harlequin Love Inspired Historical, in a 3-book deal, by Danielle Egan-Miller and Joanna MacKenzie at Browne & Miller Literary Associates (World).

October 26, 2016 - WHAT DEEPEST SHADOWS HIDE, SECRET FOR A SPARROW and WAKEN NOT THE SLEEPER by Sandra Byrd
Fiction: Women's/Romance
Mist of Midnight author Sandra Byrd's WHAT DEEPEST SHADOWS HIDE, SECRET FOR A SPARROW, and WAKEN NOT THE SLEEPER, pitched in the vein of the Brontes, to Karen Watson at Tyndale, by Danielle Egan-Miller and Joanna MacKenzie at Browne & Miller Literary Associates (World). of a young woman thrust into the Chicago restaurant scene when her recovering addict turned celebrity chef boyfriend vanishes after she sinks her life savings into his hip new restaurant, to Margo Lipschultz at Graydon House, in a two-book deal, by Danielle Egan-Miller and Joanna MacKenzie at Browne & Miller Literary Associates (World).

October 21, 2016 - ALL THE LITTLE CHILDREN by Jo Furniss
Digital: Fiction: Thriller
Jo Furniss's ALL THE LITTLE CHILDREN, in which a family camping trip takes a dark turn for a harried mother set in the days following a devastating disaster; stranded in the woods with her children - and with more youngsters seeking her care - she soon faces the mother of all dilemmas: save her own kids, or attempt to save them all?, to Jodi Warshaw at Lake Union Publishing, in a two-book deal, by Danielle Egan-Miller and Joanna MacKenzie at Browne & Miller Literary Associates (World).

September 13, 2016 - PRETTY GIRLS DANCING by Kylie Brant
Digital: Fiction: Thriller
CHASING EVIL author Kylie Brant's PRETTY GIRLS DANCING, following the family members of a young woman who disappeared seven years earlier as they are drawn into the investigation of a newly-missing teen, and their struggle to keep dark, decade-old secrets hidden, to Jessica Tribble at Thomas & Mercer, by Danielle Egan-Miller and Joanna MacKenzie at Browne & Miller Literary Associates (World English).

June 21, 2016 - TRAITOR IN HER ARMS by Shana Galen
Digital: Fiction: Women's/Romance
Shana Galen's TRAITOR IN HER ARMS, a French revolution set historical about mystery, espionage and a sexy liaison centered around the curious Scarlet Pimpernel, to Sue Grimshaw at Loveswept, by Joanna MacKenzie at Browne & Miller Literary Associates (World).
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July 20, 2015 - THE DRAVEN CLUB by Shana Galen
Fiction: Women's/Romance
Shana Galen's THE DRAVEN CLUB, newly returned from war, a group of restless renegade soldiers must settle back into London society and the world they left behind, facing new threats to their lives and their hearts, to Deb Werksman at Sourcebooks, in a nice deal, in a three-book deal, by Joanna MacKenzie at Browne & Miller Literary Associates (World).

KEY PERSONNEL
Kristin Nelson, Danielle Burby
SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS
Please remember that NLA does not look at submissions for nonfiction, memoir, screenplays, short-story collections, poetry, gift or coffee table books, children’s picture books or early reader chapter books, or material for the Christian/inspirational market.

Please review the Submission Guidelines before submitting

Query by email only: queryjoanna@nelsonagency.com . No snail mail queries or submissions accepted.