View Full Version : The Nicholas Ellison Agency

04-09-2007, 01:54 AM
Has anyone dealt with Nick Ellison? I know he's legit, top notch, and so on, but I was wondering if anyone has had a personal experience to share.


James D. Macdonald
04-09-2007, 02:38 AM

04-09-2007, 09:23 PM
He requested a hardcopy full from my query.

I got an nice rejection in two weeks time. From the rejection, I felt that he had read the entire book, but really who knows? Two weeks is a quick turnaround on a full.

He is Nelson Demille's agent.


Soccer Mom
04-10-2007, 02:22 AM
Two weeks on a full? Wow. That's impressive. I just got a rejection in the mail from a partial that I had forgotten I even sent. Last year. I wish I was kidding.

04-10-2007, 07:07 AM
I haven't submitted to Ellison but I've submitted to Greenburger and heard zilch. I may end up like Soccer Mom and be rejected eventually.

04-10-2007, 03:55 PM
Ditto what Carmy said. I mailed a partial et al to Tricia Davey in January and have heard nada.


05-04-2007, 06:18 PM
Has my full since over a year ago. Never responded to two polite emails.

05-04-2007, 06:45 PM
Did he ask for it off the query? I got a request within 30 minutes off an equery. Did you send/query via email or snail mail?

05-04-2007, 07:13 PM
Has my full since over a year ago. Never responded to two polite emails.

If it were me, I'd call him. You can even accomplish this with an assistant in the office if he has one. I'd just make sure I was as brief as possible and saying that I was calling to check if they recieved the materials and it is still in the stack to be reviewed.

I did this with Richard Henshaw on a requested partial he had for over four months. I spoke with Susannah Taylor and she was nice. In fact, I was trying to be as brief as possible, but she stayed on the phone a little longer because she was interested in the premise.

I definately would recommend email first, of course, but you've already tried that.

The way I figure it is if the agent gets mad because you called to check a status on an ms. that had been out for a year and you've tried to get a status on twice through email then they are probably not an agent you want to work with in the first place.

(That is just my opinion, of course.)

06-24-2008, 10:41 PM
Requested a full, got a form rejection back from his assistant. Never responded to emails.

08-04-2008, 09:07 AM
Does anyone know his query response time and if he always responds? Thanks

Maui Author
08-04-2008, 10:45 PM
I've heard he only responds if interested. I queried in May, never got a response.

08-01-2009, 12:04 PM

05-22-2010, 11:27 AM
Etiquette question here. Nicholas has his own agency, but he's also listed on the Sanford J. Greenburger site. Is he included as one of their agents, or is he a separate entity? I'm trying to decide if it's okay to query someone at Sanford at the same time I've got a query out to Mr. Ellison.

05-22-2010, 04:47 PM
For what it's worth, I've treated them as being the same. I queried Nicholas and waited for him not to respond, then queried Greenburger and waited for them not to respond...

05-22-2010, 05:17 PM
I'm so glad everyone else seems to share my experience here. :tongue The no response policy doesn't bother that much in and of itself except for situations like this where I'm afraid of screwing it up. :tongue

Miss Plum
05-22-2010, 07:16 PM
I'm so glad everyone else seems to share my experience here. :tongue The no response policy doesn't bother that much in and of itself except for situations like this where I'm afraid of screwing it up. :tongue
kaitie, same here. What's with the agency within the agency?

Anyway, I got an R from Sanford Greenburger -- my query was so bad they were moved to respond!! I figure the worst Nicholas can do is the same.

08-28-2010, 06:25 AM
I actually heard from Christopher Moore (the author) that he is no longer seeking clients. According to Moore, he's busy and focused on his current list, which might explain his slow turn around or lack of interest in new materials. Hope that helps!

09-12-2010, 07:13 AM
I actually got a request for a full from Mr. Ellison back in Feb. No reply after that. I daren't prompt him because I knew the MS had structural problems which I have yet to fix.

04-13-2011, 08:54 PM
Has anyone had any query experience with Chelsea Lindman at this agency?

04-26-2011, 12:50 PM
I queried Chelsea on 4/17 and got a partial request 4/25... we'll see how that goes.

04-26-2011, 05:54 PM
Congrats on your partial, Autumn Leaves. Fingers crossed for you. Could you share the genre of your manuscript.

04-27-2011, 12:40 AM
Contemporary YA

04-27-2011, 12:45 AM
And thank you, by the way :)

06-03-2011, 08:38 PM
Woohoo. My first post.

I was wondering if anyone submitted to Nick Ellison via e-mail. If so, did you send your sample as a Word attachment the same as SJGA's asks for? Hear anything back? I'm always cautious sending attachments. Affraid they'll be automatically deleted. Thanks.

Feaky Snucker
01-09-2012, 11:10 PM
So has anyone submitted to Nick lately? I sent an equery In November, received a full request from him a couple hours later, and nothing since. I know it's a busy time of year, and 2 months isn't a long time for a full manuscript. I'm just curious if anyone else has heard anything. I like when agents have blogs and twitter, it makes the silence less... silent. Haha

06-06-2013, 04:15 AM
EQ to Chelsea Lindman: 5/6/2013
Full request: 6/5/2013

YA Science Fiction 67K words

09-24-2013, 06:03 PM
My brother submitted a novel to Nicholas Ellison agency - no "ins" or special contacts. Waited close to a year...and was picked up by the agency! They obviously get to it all eventually, and give it a fair read - I suspect it has to go through many readers.
FULL DISCLOSURE: my bro is pretty good. ;-)
just wanted to pass it along - agency is the real deal.

04-02-2015, 11:44 PM
Updating URL: http://greenburger.com/agent/nick-ellison/

02-10-2017, 11:43 PM
Detached from Greenburger last year: http://www.thenicholasellisonagency.com/