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June 1, 2012 / Chersti Nieveen

Meet My New Agent!

Seriously, I’ve been dying to write this post.

Because . . . I now have an agent!!!

For those of you who don’t know, I started querying back in mid-April (kind of like sending around a resume for a job). My query letter did really well, and I had several agents ask to see the full manuscript. Which was pretty awesome, and made me feel like I was doing something right.

Then I had a few offers of representation, which meant I had a very hard choice to make. And I’m so bad when it comes to choices. I talked with several agents on the phone, and they were all just so amazing. But talking with Nicole was like magic. Her enthusiasm for my manuscript, her ideas for revision, and her personality just clicked.

So in the end, I signed on with Nicole Resciniti at the Seymour Agency. She’s a self-confessed science geek, and I write science fiction. Not only does it sound like a match made in heaven, but I know she’s going to make sure I get my facts straight.

Nicole’s record speaks for itself. She’s a newer agent, but it’s like she on fire when it comes to book sales. To be honest, I think I’m still in shock to have such a fabulous agent. (There may or may not have been a lot of jumping up and down, squealing. I’ll admit to nothing at this moment.)

So there you have it! I’ll be posting about my querying process, and spend the next month talking about queries in general. So stay tuned, and let me know if you have any questions.



  1. Tiffany / Jun 1 2012 10:08 am

    YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THAT IS AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!! And yes, I’m yelling ’cause that is amazing. I’m so happy for you! You’re amazing. 😀

  2. shalleemcarthur / Jun 1 2012 10:24 am

    Said it before but…YAY!!!!! 🙂

  3. Chersti Nieveen / Jun 1 2012 10:41 am

    Thanks guys!! Your enthusiasm makes me even more psyched — which I honestly didn’t think was possible.

  4. MKHutchins / Jun 1 2012 11:31 am

    Woohoo! Congrats, Chersti!

  5. leishamaw / Jun 1 2012 11:51 am

    I am soooooo excited for you!!!!! Waahooooo! What fabulous, fabulous new! Congrats!!!

  6. Chersti Nieveen / Jun 1 2012 12:45 pm

    Thank you thank you!!!

  7. jcladyluv / Jun 1 2012 12:49 pm

    Hi Chersti,

    I am so happy for you that you found an agent that you liked and felt would represent your work well. I can’t wait to read your blog posts about your querying process because I am struggling with that part right now. I’m struggling with querying to anything because I get too wrapped up in my fear that my query letter won’t be perfect or that I won’t have enough credentials for them. I look forward to reading your future blog posts on the process so that maybe it could give me a boost of encouragement. Good Luck with your publishing!

    • Chersti Nieveen / Jun 1 2012 6:49 pm

      What are you querying (genre and audience)? If you have any specific questions, let me know because I’m more than happy to answer them!

      • jcladyluv / Jun 4 2012 7:15 pm

        Well my novel would fall in the category of mainstream fiction and I have already been published by a small publishing company back in 2010 but the novel didn’t do well, mainly because I didn’t really know how to market myself well then and it’s a little too late to market for that particular book now so I don’t know whether to even mention that book as a credential when I am doing my query letter. I guess I just want my query letter to be perfect and the problem is that it will probably never be completely perfect. I also would like to have my articles in national magazines but the problem is that I don’t have any published clips, not ones that are not online anyway which I have heard editors won’t take seriously, so that discourages me from querying magazines. I suppose I need to know how to craft a good enough query letter without any published clips. It’s kind of a catch-22 because you can’t get published clips without having published clips.

  8. Elana Johnson / Jun 1 2012 3:25 pm

    Yay!! Congrats times a million!!!

  9. Rosalyn / Jun 1 2012 4:15 pm

    Chersti–congrats! This is great news.

  10. Christy / Jun 1 2012 4:46 pm

    Congratulations to you!!!

  11. Kathryn Purdie / Jun 2 2012 11:19 am

    So happy for you!

  12. Chersti Nieveen / Jun 2 2012 11:36 am

    Thanks everyone!

  13. Peaches Ledwidge / Jun 6 2012 12:07 pm


  14. Liesl Shurtliff / Jun 7 2012 9:22 am

    So, SO happy for you! I can’t wait to see what happens next!

  15. Joshua Stapley / Jun 19 2012 2:40 pm


  16. Cindy Thomas (@CindyisWriting) / Jun 26 2012 5:56 am

    I’m super late to comment, but congratulations!!! I’m so excited for you!

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