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Abigail Nathan - Agent Assessments

Abigail Nathan has run Bothersome Words Editing & Writing Services since 2004. She has edited for Australian publishers including HarperCollins, Penguin Random House, Harlequin, Escape and Hachette, as well as UK publishers including Angry Robot, Hachette and Gollancz, and small press in the USA. She works regularly with emerging and self-publishing writers as an editor, mentor, and book coach.  In 2023 she joined Alex Adsett Literary as literary agent at large.


She can be found online as @BothersomeWords and at


Abigail is looking for engaging plots and convincing characters. Something that will keep her turning the pages and that will stay with her after she’s finished reading. There are some rules and conventions it pays to follow, but something a bit weird or slightly (or very) unexpected will pique her interest, and characters that touch a nerve or worlds that make us question the status quo are always welcome. Above all, she’s looking for great stories, told well – fiction in general and all things genre: sci-fi, fantasy, paranormal, horror, crime, thriller, romance (and any combination of those), for adult, YA or middle grade.


Abigail is not taking bookings for literary fiction, Mind Body Spirit or religious works, short story collections, picture books, non-fiction, or any works that have been previously published.

Abigail Nathan - Agent Assessments

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  • Last day to book

    14 June 2024

  • Feedback

    Abigail will be providing verbal feedback with her assessments.

  • Assessment Categories

    • Chapter books
    • Commerical adult fiction
    • Crime
    • Fantasy
    • Horror
    • Junior fiction
    • Middle grade
    • Mystery
    • Romance
    • Speculative fiction
    • Thrillers
    • Women's fiction
    • YA writing
  • Important

    Assessment sessions:

    • are only available to conference attendees.
    • may be booked before booking for the conference, but you must book for conference by 15 May 2024, or your session will be cancelled and not refunded.
    • have a $25.00 administration charge should you decide to cancel before 15 May 2024.
    • are non-refundable if cancelled after 15 May 2024, unless we are able to resell the session.
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