Joanna MacKenzie

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Oak Park, IL, United States

Seasoned publishing industry professional with agency experience and a keen eye for detail who embraces all aspects of the editorial process

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A publishing industry professional with over 15 years of experience shaping manuscripts into books that have received critical acclaim, award recognition and which have graced bestseller lists world-wide, I enjoy working with writers to find their voice and hone their craft. My passion lies in commercial fiction (adult and YA) and I have extensive experience in everything from content editing to coaching writers step-by-step through a first draft.

Languages
English (CAN)
English (US)
Fiction
Crime & Mystery
Literature
Romance
Thriller
Women's Fiction
Young Adult & Teen

Work experience

Literary Agent

Nelson Literary Agency
January, 2017 – Present (over 1 year)

At NLA, I have grown a list of adult and young adult projects specializing in mysteries and thrillers, women's fiction, literary fiction, and coming of age stories. A hands-on, detail-oriented editor who challenges writers to push their stories to really stand out, I have placed projects with all major publishing houses in the US both in preempts and at auction.

Agent

Browne & Miller Literary Associates
May, 2007 – Present (over 11 years)

-Working with authors to edit manuscripts at various stages of development; representing projects across a wide range of genres to editors and producers; negotiating contracts; and maintaining author relations and contacts within the publishing industry.
- Managed team responsible for identifying, re-conceptualizing, and implementing new, company-wide social media strategy.
-Spearheaded initiative to launch an ePub offering to agency clients.

Co-creator and Editor

The Parlor
February, 2007 – February, 2010 (about 3 years)

Scheduled readers for the reading series and managed and distributed promotional material. Featured readers included Gillian Flynn, Joe Meno, and Carol Anshaw among others.

Associate Agent

Browne & Miller Literary Associates
February, 2005 – May, 2007 (over 2 years)

Portfolio (11 selected works)

While You Were Spying (Regency Spies Book 0)

Shana Galen

The latest addition to the REGENCY SPIES series, WHILE YOU WERE SPYING is the highly anticipated prequel to WHEN DASHING MET DANGER and PRIDE AND PETTICOATS. Francesca Dashing would like to forget that Ethan Caxton, the Marquess of Winterbourne, exists. He humiliated her in front of all of London Society—and he doesn’t even remember it! But when Ethan shows up in her sleepy Hampshire town, he’... read more

The latest addition to the REGENCY SPIES series, WHILE YOU WERE SPYING is the highly anticipated prequel to WHEN DASHING MET DANGER and PRIDE AND PETTICOATS. Francesca Dashing would like to forget that Ethan Caxton, the Marquess of Winterbourne, exists. He humiliated her in front of all of London Society—and he doesn’t even remember it! But when Ethan shows up in her sleepy Hampshire town, he’... read more

Article 5

Kristen Simmons

In Kristen Simmons's Article 5, New York, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C., have been abandoned.The Bill of Rights has been revoked and replaced with the Moral Statutes.There are no more police-instead, there are soldiers. There are no more fines for bad behavior-instead, there are arrests, trials, and maybe worse. People who get arrested usually don't come back.Seventeen-year-old Ember Mille... read more

In Kristen Simmons's Article 5, New York, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C., have been abandoned.The Bill of Rights has been revoked and replaced with the Moral Statutes.There are no more police-instead, there are soldiers. There are no more fines for bad behavior-instead, there are arrests, trials, and maybe worse. People who get arrested usually don't come back.Seventeen-year-old Ember Mille... read more

Signed, Sealed, Delivered (The Ladies Who Lunch Book 2)

Sandy James

2015 Maggie Finalist ~ Best novel with strong romantic elementsFor the fans of Jennifer Probst, Ruth Cardello and Jill Shalvis, comes a series about love, friendship, and lunch!When life gets tough and love is hard to find, four friends take their troubles to lunch. High school teacher Juliana Kelley tells the Ladies Who Lunch that her life needs an overhaul . . . and gets a whole lot more tha... read more

2015 Maggie Finalist ~ Best novel with strong romantic elementsFor the fans of Jennifer Probst, Ruth Cardello and Jill Shalvis, comes a series about love, friendship, and lunch!When life gets tough and love is hard to find, four friends take their troubles to lunch. High school teacher Juliana Kelley tells the Ladies Who Lunch that her life needs an overhaul . . . and gets a whole lot more tha... read more

Mist of Midnight: A Novel (The Daughters of Hampshire)

Sandra Byrd

In the first of a brand-new series set in Victorian England, a young woman returns home from India after the death of her family to discover her identity and inheritance are challenged by the man who holds her future in his hands.Rebecca Ravenshaw, daughter of missionaries, spent most of her life in India. Following the death of her family in the Indian Mutiny, Rebecca returns to claim her fam... read more

In the first of a brand-new series set in Victorian England, a young woman returns home from India after the death of her family to discover her identity and inheritance are challenged by the man who holds her future in his hands.Rebecca Ravenshaw, daughter of missionaries, spent most of her life in India. Following the death of her family in the Indian Mutiny, Rebecca returns to claim her fam... read more

The Glass Arrow

Kristen Simmons

"Like The Handmaid's Tale, Simmons's book serves as essential commentary on women's rights."--Cosmopolitan.com Once there was a time when men and women lived as equals, when girl babies were valued, and women could belong only to themselves. But that was ten generations ago. Now women are property, to be sold and owned and bred, while a strict census keeps their numbers manageable and under co... read more

"Like The Handmaid's Tale, Simmons's book serves as essential commentary on women's rights."--Cosmopolitan.com Once there was a time when men and women lived as equals, when girl babies were valued, and women could belong only to themselves. But that was ten generations ago. Now women are property, to be sold and owned and bred, while a strict census keeps their numbers manageable and under co... read more

The Masseuse (The Body Work Trilogy Book 1)

Sierra Kincade

First in the sexy and suspenseful Body Work TrilogyAnna Rossi lives by one simple rule: don’t get attached, don’t get hurt. But Alec Flynn doesn’t play by the rules…Anna never takes on a massage client without screening him first, but the paycheck offered by billionaire Maxim Stein is too good to turn down. Stein is the richest man she’s ever laid her hands on, and despite the risks, she trust... read more

First in the sexy and suspenseful Body Work TrilogyAnna Rossi lives by one simple rule: don’t get attached, don’t get hurt. But Alec Flynn doesn’t play by the rules…Anna never takes on a massage client without screening him first, but the paycheck offered by billionaire Maxim Stein is too good to turn down. Stein is the richest man she’s ever laid her hands on, and despite the risks, she trust... read more

The Epicurean Series (4 Book Series)

Sorcha Grace

From Book 1: “Absolutely delectable." --J. Kenner, New York Times bestselling author of RELEASE ME and CLAIM ME “A satisfying, sensual read not to be missed." --Raine Miller, New York Times bestselling author “An intriguing start to a saucy new trilogy." --Roni Loren, national bestselling author of FALL INTO YOU “Yummy! Imagine Christian Grey with warm chocolate and you have William Lambourne.... read more

From Book 1: “Absolutely delectable." --J. Kenner, New York Times bestselling author of RELEASE ME and CLAIM ME “A satisfying, sensual read not to be missed." --Raine Miller, New York Times bestselling author “An intriguing start to a saucy new trilogy." --Roni Loren, national bestselling author of FALL INTO YOU “Yummy! Imagine Christian Grey with warm chocolate and you have William Lambourne.... read more

The Distraction (The Body Work Trilogy Book 2)

Sierra Kincade

The seductive story that started in The Masseuse continues...Anna Rossi knows that opening your heart only gets you hurt. But Alec Flynn is just too good to resist…It’s been three long months since Anna’s seen Alec, since he saved her life and lit up her soul with unquenchable desire. Being without him has left her on edge, but his bravery has motivated her to change her life and go after what... read more

The seductive story that started in The Masseuse continues...Anna Rossi knows that opening your heart only gets you hurt. But Alec Flynn is just too good to resist…It’s been three long months since Anna’s seen Alec, since he saved her life and lit up her soul with unquenchable desire. Being without him has left her on edge, but his bravery has motivated her to change her life and go after what... read more

The Confession (The Body Work Trilogy Book 3)

Sierra Kincade

The hot and thrilling conclusion to the Body Work Trilogy, following The Masseuse and The DistractionAnna Rossi walked away from Alec Flynn to keep her family and friends safe. But she can’t protect her heart from him, no matter how hard she tries… Time has done nothing to quell Anna’s need for Alec. She knows that she did the right thing walking away; the constant media attention that Alec’s ... read more

The hot and thrilling conclusion to the Body Work Trilogy, following The Masseuse and The DistractionAnna Rossi walked away from Alec Flynn to keep her family and friends safe. But she can’t protect her heart from him, no matter how hard she tries… Time has done nothing to quell Anna’s need for Alec. She knows that she did the right thing walking away; the constant media attention that Alec’s ... read more

Pacifica

Kristen Simmons

"A harrowing world. Pacifica will have you breathlessly fearing our own future."―Sara Raasch, New York Times bestselling authorBlue skies. Green grass. Clear ocean water. An island paradise like the ones that existed before the Melt.A lucky five hundred lottery winners will be the first to go, the first to leave their polluted, dilapidated homes behind and start a new life. It sounds perfect. ... read more

"A harrowing world. Pacifica will have you breathlessly fearing our own future."―Sara Raasch, New York Times bestselling authorBlue skies. Green grass. Clear ocean water. An island paradise like the ones that existed before the Melt.A lucky five hundred lottery winners will be the first to go, the first to leave their polluted, dilapidated homes behind and start a new life. It sounds perfect. ... read more

Third Son's a Charm (The Survivors Book 1)

Shana Galen

"Shana Galen's deliciously brooding hero and delightfully quirky heroine turn this tale of adventure into an endearing love story that kept me up all hours reading....Wonderful!" — SABRINA JEFFRIES New York Times bestselling authorEwan Mostyn thinks a job as a duke's daughter's bodyguard will be easy—but Lady Lorraine has a few tricks up her sleeve that spark an undeniable passion Fiercely loy... read more

"Shana Galen's deliciously brooding hero and delightfully quirky heroine turn this tale of adventure into an endearing love story that kept me up all hours reading....Wonderful!" — SABRINA JEFFRIES New York Times bestselling authorEwan Mostyn thinks a job as a duke's daughter's bodyguard will be easy—but Lady Lorraine has a few tricks up her sleeve that spark an undeniable passion Fiercely loy... read more

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Orson Wedgwood

Very helpful.

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Orson Wedgwood, August 2018

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