Quressa Robinson

Quressa Robinson

Nelson Literary Agency

My Manuscript Wish List

I’m originally from San Francisco, but have been living in New York City for over a decade. I’m a West Coast New Yorker! I still say hella! As a New York based agent, I’m eager to build my 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. I have very eclectic tastes and represent a wide range of genres. I am most drawn to literary voices in commercial packages. Wonderfully, realized characters, untold stories from underrepresented communities, immersive world building, and complex narrative approaches/plots. Also, I am most drawn to character-driven stories and love strong voice as well. I am a huge romantic and don’t mind romance subplots outside of the romance genre

When not curled on my couch reading, I play video games, enjoy too much TV–mostly Sailor Moon and Harry Potter (Slytherin!), eat delicious things, drink champagne, hang out with my very clever husband, and add another “dramatic” color to my lipstick collection. So, give me stories that will make me geek out. If you can make me have an epic fangirl squee–have stories featuring fairies and warrior princesses with afros and rainbow dreads or envision winter elves inspired by an Asian or Latinx culture–then we are definitely a match. I’m also looking for stories with best friends like Molly and Issa on Insecure, enemies to lovers, coming-of-age stories, The Breakfast Club with a twist, family drama and witches (!), and alpha heroes paired with witty heroines. If you have bold, fresh, or quirky stories they will be right up my alley. I’m also looking for stories that feel timeless and timely despite the current climate or when they were originally written. I’m a huge re-reader. Or give me something I didn’t know I desperately needed. Above all, give me stories I can become deeply passionate about.

Fun facts about me:

Quressa is teaching OwnVoices–How to Write What You Know for a Commercial Audience and Trendsetter not Trendy—How to Find Your Niche and Build a Lasting Career in Romance or Commercial Women’s Fiction for The Manuscript Academy. She is also is taking ten-minute meetings and critiques. #MSWLMA

Submission Guidelines

Submissions should be emailed to queryquressa at nelsonagency dot com

Submissions are accepted via email only.

  • You may query only one agent at the agency. Our first-round readers and agents share and discuss query letters, so a response from one NLA agent is a response from all NLA agents.
  • Open a new email and address it to the appropriate agent. (See below.)
  • In the subject line, write QUERY and the title of your project. This will help ensure that your query isn’t accidentally deleted or caught in our spam filter.
  • In the body of your email, include a one-page query letter and the first ten pages of your manuscript.
  • No attachments please. Because of virus concerns, emails with attachments are deleted unread.

Guidelines & Details


As a new addition from The Manuscript Academy, #MSWL’s educational sister company, we are now offering ten-minute e-meetings with a select group of our agents and editors to discuss your work, what you can do better–and how to maximize your chances of success in the submissions process. You’ll be able to pick from Skype, Hangouts, or a phone call–and, yes, this works internationally. Please see our FAQ, our step-by-step guide to booking your meeting, a list of participating agents and editors–and consider joining our Facebook group, a free, friendly community of writers cheering each other on through this process.

Please note: Meetings are posted once monthly, and then often sell out. If there are meetings available, you’ll see them bolded on the calendar below after clicking “Set Time Zone.” 

Want an email when new meetings go up? Click here.


Vital Info

Fiction: Commercial, Family Saga, Fantasy, General, Historical, Humor, LGBTQ, Literary, Romance, Science Fiction, Women’s Fiction, Young Adult
Non-Fiction: Humor, Memoir, Pop Culture, Science

Favorite sub-genres: Commercial Women's Fiction, Commercial YA, Contemporary Fantasy, Contemporary YA, Diversity, Epic Fantasy, Fantasy Romance, Fashion, High Fantasy, Historical Fantasy, Humor, Low Fantasy, Magical Realism, Multicultural, Speculative Fiction, Upmarket Women's Fiction, Urban Fantasy, YA fantasy/light sci-fi, dark fantasy, narrative non-fiction, upmarket genre fiction
I’d like the next…

My favorites include…

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 You 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, Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng, 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.

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