LIVE PITCH: First Impressions on Queries with Natalie Lakosil and Patricia Nelson
Rules for this session:
Type of pitch: Query
Max length: Around 300 words (one page)
Genres/Age categories: Any
Pitch Submission: Post to appropriate thread on the forums (here)
Other rules: Please keep questions until the end
Natalie is an agent at Bradford Literary Agency. An honors graduate of the University of San Diego, California, Natalie holds a B.A. in Literature/Writing. After nearly four years at the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency and a brief dabble in writing author profiles and book reviews for the San Diego Union Tribune, Natalie joined the Bradford Agency in February of 2011.
Natalie is drawn to talented, hard-working new authors with a fresh, unique voice and hook. Her specialties are children’s literature (from picture book through teen and New Adult), romance (contemporary and historical), cozy mystery/crime, upmarket women’s/general fiction and select children’s nonfiction. Her interests include historical, multi-cultural, magical realism, sci-fi/fantasy, gritty, thrilling and darker contemporary novels, middle grade with heart, and short, quirky or character-driven picture books. She is always drawn to an open and positive attitude in an author, professionalism, good grammar, and fantastical, beautifully written, engaging and sexy plots.
Patricia Nelson is a literary agent with Marsal Lyon Literary Agency, representing adult, young adult, and middle grade fiction. Adult fiction genres she represents include: women’s fiction both upmarket and commercial; historical fiction set in the 20th century; sexy, smart adult contemporary and historical single title romance; and the occasional compelling, plot-driven literary fiction project. On the children’s side, Patricia is always excited to find beautifully written, page-turning YA and MG across genres, with particular interest in contemporary/realistic, magical realism, science fiction and fantasy.
Patricia received her bachelor’s degree from the College of William and Mary in 2008, and also holds a master’s degree in English Literature from the University of Southern California and a master’s degree in Gender Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. Before joining the world of publishing, she spent four years as a university-level instructor of literature and writing.