Melissa Nasson of Rubin Pfeffer Content is seeking middle-grade and young adult fiction and nonfiction. She is also accepting picture book queries. She is open to all genres, but has a special love for fantasy and science fiction. She enjoys unexpected settings and loves a good romantic angle. For nonfiction, she’d love to see manuscripts that bring to light untold stories from history, particularly featuring individuals from marginalized groups. Above all, she wants to see strong, polished writing, fully developed and multifaceted characters, and fresh concepts. Tip: Melissa is not a good fit for bathroom humor.
Melissa has spent her life living in and around Boston, attending college at Boston University (Go Terriers!). While studying at Boston University School of Law, she realized that becoming a literary agent would combine her passion for books with her legal background, and she began interning at Zachary Shuster Harmsworth, and later at East-West Literary Agency and Rubin Pfeffer Content. After taking the bar exam in 2012, Melissa worked as a foreign rights intern at Perseus Books Group before starting as contracts director at Beacon Press. Now, she continues her work at Beacon Press while actively building her list as an associate agent at Rubin Pfeffer Content. Melissa loves dogs, craft beer, making pickles, tending to her tiny vegetable garden, and her pet tortoise, Norton.
How to Submit:
If you are an author/illustrator interested in submitting a manuscript, please send a query and a 1-3 chapter manuscript to email@example.com. The query, placed in the body of the email, should include a synopsis of the piece, as well as any relevant information regarding previous publications, referrals, websites, and biographies. The manuscript may be attached as a DOC or PDF file. Specifically for illustrators, please attach a PDF of your dummy or artwork to the email.
If you would like to query Melissa Nasson with your picture book, middle-grade, or YA fiction or non-fiction manuscript, please send your query and the first 50 pages as a DOC or PDF file to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Only electronic copies will be considered. We will do our best to respond within six to eight weeks.