My name is Kyra (pronounced with a long i, as in ice) Nelson. I am currently pursuing a PhD in linguistics from Northern Arizona University. I have an MA in linguistics and a BA in English language from Brigham Young University with minors in editing and English.

I’m a compulsive thing-doer. I like to be busy, whether it’s reading, writing, watching sports, playing violin, baking cookies, traveling, decorating cakes, or just goofing off with friends. I love adventure, even if it’s a small adventure like roasting Starbursts over the open flame of my stove top.

Feel free to submit questions to thoughtsfromtheagentdesk @ gmail.com or on Twitter to @KyraMNelson.

Editing Qualifications

  • Two and a half years interning at A+B Works Literary Agency
  • Five years as a professional freelance editor
  • Minor in Editing from Brigham Young University
  • Undergraduate and graduate level research related to writing and fiction.
  • Experience teaching university level courses in rhetoric, editing, writing, and grammar.

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11 thoughts on “About

  1. Pingback: Agent Query Critiques; Get Your Kyratique | A.D. Martin

  2. Hi Kyra. I saw your #tenqueries Tweets today. I happen to have a finished manuscript that is Historical Fantasy set in ancient Persia. May I send you a query?

  3. Hi Kyra! I want to thank you for the time and effort you’ve put into this site. This past fall, I read every one of your query critiques, and found them SO incredibly helpful. In the meantime, I wrote and rewrote (and rewrote again!) my own query, and started sending it out in December. Four weeks later, I have an agent. Joy! So, thank you again. This site REALLY helps.

  4. Kyra I really appreciate your editing assistance. Your suggestions are right on the money! by the way how did that starburst experience work out?

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