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Quressa Robinson
Nelson Literary Agency
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Quressa Robinson is a New York based Literary Agent with Nelson Literary Agency actively building her client list. Formerly she was an acquiring editor with St. Martin’s Press, an imprint of Macmillan Publishers where she edited both fiction and nonfiction. Her acquisitions include CERTAIN DARK THINGS (a Publishers Weekly Fall Announcement Top 10 Pick and October B&N Staff Pick) and THE BEAUTIFUL ONES–both by Locus, World Fantasy, Sunburst, and Aurora Award-nominated author Silvia Moreno-Garcia; SPELLS OF BLOOD AND KIN (which received a starred PW review) by Claire Humphrey; THE ATLAS OF FORGOTTEN PLACES by Jenny D. Williams; and SO CLOSE TO BEING THE SH*T YA'LL DON'T EVEN KNOW by Retta. She is an alumnus of the University of California Santa Cruz and Columbia University’s MFA program.

Books I wish I’d worked on: Quiet by Susan Cain, Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris, Lab Girl by Hope Jahren, The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon, The Mothers by Brit Bennett, The All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness, The Others series by Anne Bishop, Uprooted by Naomi Novik, You Can't Touch My Hair by Phoebe Robinson, The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, and Tell the Wolves I'm Home by Carol Rifka Brunt.


years experience: 6
GENRES & SPECIALTIES
Fantasy/science fiction, Upmarket and Commercial Women's Fiction, Literary Fiction, Family Sagas, Contemporary and SF/F Middle Grade, Contemporary Young Adult, SF/F Young Adult--especially Crossover, Pop Cutlure, Pop Science, (Ownvoices, Indigenous, African/African American, Asian, Latino/a/x, Muslim and other religious minorities, People with Disabilities, Multiracial/Multicultural, LGBTQ, Inclusive
TRADE REFERENCES
“I feel extremely lucky to have had Quressa’s astute editorial eye and keen insight to help shape my novel into its final form. It’s rare to find an editor equally skilled in recognizing big-picture issues as she is in attending to the subtleties of language sentence by sentence, yet Quressa does both exceptionally well. And the best part: rather than simply pointing out flaws, she presents clear, tangible ways to address them, changes that never feel forced but which seem to originate from within the story itself, as if she can see through the words on the page to the shimmering outline of the story you meant to write all along.” —Jenny D. Williams, author of The Atlas of Forgotten Places
LEADING CLIENTS
Valerie Valdes
MOST RECENT SALES/ FORTHCOMING BOOKS
February 14, 2018
Fiction: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Valerie Valdes's CHILLING EFFECT, an #ownvoices space opera where a mercenary space captain risks her life and crew to save her sister from a secret galactic organization, and PRIME DECEPTION, the second book in the series, to Priyanka Krishnan at Voyager, at auction, for publication in 2019 and 2020, by Quressa Robinson in her first deal at Nelson Literary Agency (world English).
Translation: jenny@meyerlit.com
Asia: jpersichetti@nelsonagency.com
KEY PERSONNEL
Danielle Burby, Joanna MacKenzie, Kristin Nelson
SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS
Please review the Submission Guidelines before submitting.

Query by email only: queryquressa@nelsonagency.com

No snail mail queries or submissions accepted.

For more wish list items, you can check out my #MSWL (manuscript wish list) posts.