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2016 SCWR faculty member Kristin Nelson on “Query Letters and Loglines” 

– as interviewed by 2016 SCWR faculty member Jeff Kleinman

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Podcast excerpt:

“When you’re facing writing the dreaded query letter, there are two things to remember:

1. You’re a writer. Embrace this. It’s just another writing task. You’re going to be able to master this.

2. You don’t have to do it alone. Work with other writers on it. Use your brain trust. I guarantee an agent is never going to ask if you had help writing your query or pitch paragraph.

Writing a query letter and working up a logline and a paragraph pitch is just another exercise on the journey. There’s no one right or wrong way. If you’re a good writer, you’re going to tackle this, and it’s going to be great.” — Kristin Nelson


kristin nelsonKristin Nelson  established Nelson Literary Agency, LLC, in 2002 and over the last decade+ of her career has represented over thirty-five New York Times bestselling titles and many USA Today bestsellers. Clients include Jamie Ford, Hugh Howey, Gail Carriger, Josh Malerman, Ally Carter, Marie Lu, Stacey Lee, Simone Elkeles, Jasinda Wilder, Jana DeLeon, Courtney Milan, and RITA-award winners Sherry Thomas and Linnea Sinclair.

She is currently looking for literary commercial novels, big crossover novels with one foot squarely in genre, upmarket women’s fiction, lead title or hardcover science fiction and fantasy, single-title romance (with a special passion for historicals), and young adult and upper-level middle grade novels in all genres.

When she is not busy selling books, Kristin attempts to play golf & tennis. She also enjoys playing Bridge (where she is the youngest person in her club), and can be found hiking in the mountains with her husband and their dog Chutney.


JeffJeff Kleinman is a literary agent, intellectual property attorney, and founding partner of Folio Literary Management, LLC, a literary agency in New York and Washington, D.C., which works with all of the major U.S. publishers (and, through subagents, with most international publishers). He’s a graduate of Case Western Reserve University (J.D.), the University of Chicago (M.A., Italian), and the University of Virginia (B.A. with High Distinction in English).

As an agent, Jeff feels privileged to have the chance to learn an incredible variety of new subjects, meet an extraordinary range of people, and feel, at the end of the day, that he’s helped to build something—a wonderful book, perhaps, or an author’s career. His authors include Robert Hicks, Charles Shields, Garth Stein, Bruce Watson, and Philip Gerard.



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