Lina Langlee


Literary agent at the Kate Nash Literary Agency. Bookish chat and moaning, mostly. Graceless in the face of free food. Often forgets what goes on in DMs.

Edinburgh, Scotland

Kate Nash Literary Agency

Lina Langlee @LinaLanglee · Mar 23

Seeing a lot of 'timely' manuscripts (read 'dystopian') in our submissions inbox when all I want is ESCAPISM.

I want your fluffy romances, the book equivalent of a Bollywood film, feel-good cosy stuff with a great hook that make you WANT to stay in.

Lina Langlee @LinaLanglee · Feb 25

So, what I want is:
- A strong voice and clear concept that grabs you immediately
- Straightforward language
- Age appropriate story

If this is you and you are writing funny, magical, adventure or detective MG stories pleeease send in!

#querytip #mswl

Lina Langlee @LinaLanglee · Feb 25

- A mismatch between themes and reading level e.g. younger story told in advanced language
- Adopting 'young' style in dialogue but not in the rest the of narrative
#querytip #mswl

Lina Langlee @LinaLanglee · Feb 25

Common issues that mean I'll pass on a manuscript:
- Story/writing style/word choices more suited for an older readership
- The 'call of action' coming too late / too much exposition
#querytip #mswl

Lina Langlee @LinaLanglee · Feb 25

I've been trawling our subs inbox for great middle grade. I thought I'd share some observations:
- Firstly, we don't get sent enough of it!
- Seeing a lot eco themes, historical, & animal protagonists - Not enough contemporary
- A lot of Upper MG, not enough Lower
#querytip #mswl

Lina Langlee @LinaLanglee · Feb 12

Getting some traction for an old #mswl tweet so thought I should update with what I am actively looking for RIGHT NOW: Crime and psychological thrillers with a very, very, very clear hook, and wonderful MG - warm, funny, contemporary, magical - anything with a great voice!

Lina Langlee @LinaLanglee · 29 Nov 2019


Where is Elizabeth?

#ElizabethIsMissing, adapted from Emma Healey's best-selling novel, is coming to @BBCOne & @BBCiPlayer on Sunday 8th December at 9pm.

Gosh, watching this trailer made me remember how much I love this book.
Authors, if anyone is working on a timeslip mystery or something for fans of ELIZABETH IS MISSING in general, please do send in.
#MSWL #WritingCommunity

Lina Langlee @LinaLanglee · 26 Nov 2019

Recently started listening to Lucinda Riley's Seven Sisters series in audio, so am naturally updating my #MSWL to ask for big, emotional, multigenerational, historical/dual timeline stories with a strong thread of history/art/astrology or similar:

Lina Langlee @LinaLanglee · 2 Oct 2019

Doing a #mswl call out to say that I am on the lookout for something dark and creepy with a reeeeeally strong hook. Edge of my seat stuff.
No biggie, right? 💁‍♀️
#writingcommunity #amwriting

Lina Langlee @LinaLanglee · 21 Feb 2019

So... right NOW would be a good time to send me contemporary YA. I'm prowling the submissions inbox for a strong voice and interesting relationships.
(SFF - I see you, I love you, I respect you, but I am not looking for you at the mo) #mswl #amquerying

Lina Langlee @LinaLanglee · 7 Jan 2019

Right, (like a lot of other people) I've finished reading The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle (🤯) and I'm adding high-concept novels to my submissions wishlist!
Subs guidelines:
#askagent #literaryagent #MSWL #amquerying #amwriting

Lina Langlee @LinaLanglee · 10 Oct 2018

KA Whitfield @Whit_Writes

@katenashagent @LinaLanglee #AskAgent Do you have a MSWL?

Wishlists are tricky because they are always changing BUT, I would definitely like to sign some ‘uplit’, a good crime procedural series and a bunch of YA. And I would love to see more diversity in all the aforementioned categories! #AskAgent

Lina Langlee @LinaLanglee · 10 Oct 2018

Replying to @JeannaLStars

Oh, it is difficult to say what you are NOT looking for because you sometimes surprise yourself (or rather, a great submission surprises you)! Things I'm looking for at the moment includes 'uplit', great police procedural and contemporary issue-driven YA. #AskAgent