About Nephele Tempest (official)

A life-long reader and writer, Nephele Tempest works as a literary agent and heads up the Los Angeles office of The Knight Agency. She also writes as a freelancer, presents and teaches at both virtual and in-person conferences, and generally has a secret project in the works. Originally an east-coaster, she enjoys being able to go without a coat in January and not having to dig her car out of the snow, but she will always be a New Yorker at heart.

You can find Nephele on Twitter @NepheleTempest, where she talks about books and publishing and much more; and on Instagram @NepheleTempest for photos of what she’s reading, where she’s reading it, and sometimes what she’s eating/drinking while reading.


Regarding The Knight Agency

Unless you have been corresponding with an agent who has asked you to do differently, you should send any and all queries to The Knight Agency through QueryManager to the specific agent you wish to query. Please DO NOT resubmit materials we already have in the queue.

We do not accept snail mail submissions, so don’t waste good postage mailing us things. They will end up in the circular file.

I primarily represent women’s contemporary or historical fiction; contemporary, paranormal, and historical single-title romance; and adult fantasy and science fiction. More generally, I am always on the lookout for work with diverse cultural influences, #ownvoices projects, and stories that inspire and/or make me think. Please note that I am no longer seeking projects for the young adult or middle grade markets.

I look forward to reading your projects, so please send submissions through my Query Manager account here. Please DO NOT submit any previously published or self-published work; new projects only, thank you.


About Nephele Tempest (unofficial)

I’m a bookworm with far too few hours in the day to spend curled up like a lump with my nose between the pages. I also love to write, eat, go to movies/theater/concerts, travel, and — when all else fails — sleep. When I’m on my best behavior, I try to run on a regular basis, but unless I’m laced up and out the door, I tend to forget that I actually do enjoy running. I’m obsessed with Star Wars and comic-book movies. Though I’m mostly a Marvel girl these days, Wonder Woman beats all. Chris Pine is my favorite Chris. I balance my inner nerd with my inner English major. I love all things Jane Austen and Shakespeare, will go to town on your grammar, and embrace the Oxford comma. A product of the 80s, I still love John Hughes movies (though I acknowledge their more problematic moments), and I worship at the altar of Nora Ephron.

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    1. Thank you so much! What a lovely thing to do. And I’m so happy you find the blog helpful. It’s great to hear.

    1. “Coming of age books” isn’t a specific genre. I accept submissions of all the genres noted above, so if you’ve written something that has a coming-of-age theme and falls into one of the genres I represent, definitely feel free to submit it.

    1. This has nothing to do with my preferences, but with industry standards. Young adult fantasy tends to fall in the 70,000-to-90,000 words range. If you’re aiming for the younger end of the YA spectrum, it can be a touch shorter; if you’ve got intricate world building along with a complex plot, it can be a touch longer.

  1. Nephele, my name is Nikki Volle from The Masters Review and I just wanted to say thank you for including us in a Friday post back in the fall. I was reviewing some contest submissions and some excellent entries mentioned that they found out about us from you. That was unsolicited, and very much appreciated.

    Please shoot us an email if we can help you in any way. Thank you again for your support!


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