Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Patricia Nelson
MWW agent assistant Kate Champlin, Ph.D. in English from Ball State University, interviewed Patricia about her life as an agent and about coming to MWW Agent Fest.
- Who is your main character and what’s interesting about them?
- What happens that changes everything for them?
- Now what choices do that have to make, and what obstacles do they have to overcome?
- And finally, what will happen if they fail or make the wrong choices?
- beautifully written, page-turning, unique young adult and middle grade fiction across genres, with particular interest in contemporary/realistic novels, contemporary fantasy, and magical realism
- contemporary women’s fiction of both the upmarket (book club) and commercial (beach read) varieties
- historical women’s fiction set in the 20th century, especially if it explores the untold story of a real historical figure
- sexy, smart adult contemporary and historical romance with a big hook (but note that I do NOT represent category romance, paranormal romance, or romantic suspense)
- novels by underrepresented authors across all categories/genres that I represent
- “Rookie Submission Mistakes (and how to avoid them)” Learn about common pitfalls of queries and first chapters, along with a crash course in best practices for catching an agent’s eye. Whether you’re just starting to prepare to seek an agent or are looking to troubleshoot a query that’s not working, this session offers tips and tricks to help take your submission materials to the next level.
- “Capturing the YA and MG Voice” – Agents and editors often say that they’re looking to “fall in love with the voice” when they’re considering a project. But what does that even mean? What is voice, and how can you make yours stronger? In this session, we will focus specifically on honing a voice that jumps off the page for the competitive young adult and middle grade markets.
Come and meet Patricia!