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 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. 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

Because we are an agency that responds to each and every query email received, we are now accepting queries solely through QueryManager as a way to manage the volume. To submit…

Please see below to review what each agent is looking to acquire. You may submit to only ONE agent of your choice—because we share queries with each other here at NLA, a pass from one is a pass from all. When you’re ready to query, click the purple query button for the agent you have chosen. This will take you to that agent’s query form, where you will be asked to submit the following information:

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

Thank you!

Guidelines & Details

Vital Info

Fiction: Family Saga, Fantasy, Humor, LGBTQ, Middle Grade, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Non-Fiction: Humor, Memoir, Pop Culture, Science

Favorite sub-genres: Commercial YA, Contemporary Fantasy, Contemporary YA, Diversity, Epic Fantasy, Fantasy Romance, High Fantasy, Historical Fantasy, Humor, Literary Middle Grade, MG Action Adventure, MG Fantasy, MG contemporary, Magical Realism, Multicultural, Space Opera, Speculative Fiction, Urban Fantasy, YA Rom-Coms, YA fantasy/light sci-fi, dark fantasy, narrative non-fiction, upmarket genre fiction
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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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