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agent :
Kristin Nelson
Nelson Literary Agency, LLC
1732 Wazee Street, Suite 207, Denver, CO 80202
Kristin at Platte River Park - Denver

I'm President and owner of Nelson Literary Agency, LLC, which I founded in 2002. Over the last decade+ of my career, I've represented over thirty-five New York Times bestselling titles and dozens of USA Today bestsellers. Although I'm a very nice Midwesterner, I heard through the grapevine that editors call me "a hard-working bulldog agent that will fight for you." What a compliment!

I currently specialize in representing literary crossover novels with one foot firmly in a genre, literary commercial novels, upmarket women's fiction, romance (with a special passion for historicals), lead or hardcover SF&F, and all subgenres of young adult and upper level middle grade.

When not busy selling books, I'm quite sporty. I attempt to play tennis and golf. I also love playing Bridge (where I'm the youngest person in the club). On weekends my husband Brian and I can be found in the mountains hiking with our 12-year old rat terrier, Chutney.

Check out my popular blog: Pub Rants

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Twitter feed: @agentkristinNLA

years experience: 12+
General fiction, Romance, Fantasy/science fiction, Juvenile fiction, Literary Crossover, Literary commercial, Women's fiction, Young Adult & Middle Grade
Association of Authors' Representatives (AAR)
Romance Writers of America (RWA)
Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA)
Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI)
Kristen Callihan
Ally Carter
Gail Carriger
Jamie Ford
Simone Elkeles
Hugh Howey
Stacey Lee
Marie Lu
Josh Malerman
Courtney Milan
Kristina Riggle
Lisa Shearin
Sherry Thomas
Jasinda Wilder
Adult Authors
WOOL Trilogy and SAND by Hugh Howey
FALLING INTO YOU Series and MADAME X by Jasinda Wilder
BIRD BOX by Josh Malerman
PARASOL PROTECTORATE Series by Gail Carriger
FIRELIGHT by Kristen Callihan
ENCHANTED INC. Series by Shanna Swendson

GALLAGHER GIRL Series and ALL FALL DOWN by Ally Carter
LEGEND Trilogy and THE YOUNG ELITES Trilogy by Marie Lu
PERFECT CHEMISTRY Series by Simone Elkeles
FINISHING SCHOOL Series by Gail Carriger
THE BURNING SKY Trilogy by Sherry Thomas
EDDIE RED Series by Marcia Wells

Laurence MacNaughton's debut urban fantasy IT HAPPENED ONE DOOMSDAY, about an inexperienced crystal sorceress who scrambles to stop the end of the world without falling for a muscle-car driving mechanic who is fated to become one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, to Rene Sears at Pyr, in a nice two-book deal.

John Joseph Adams will join Houghton Mifflin Harcourt as editor at large, running the company's new science fiction & fantasy line under the John Joseph Adams/HMH banner. The first three titles in the line -- reissued print versions of Hugh Howey’s SHIFT, DUST, and BEACON 23 -- will be published in February simultaneously as hardcovers and trade paperbacks (Howey will continue to publish the ebook editions.) The deal was done with Kristin Nelson of Nelson Literary Agency.

Scott Reintgen’s debut trilogy beginning with THE BLACK HOLE OF BROKEN THINGS, in which a Detroit teen accepts an interstellar space contract only to realize the promised millions must be won in a brutal competition where winners face the ultimate choice—take the money and become pawns in the corporation’s sinister plans or find a way to fight that won’t forever compromise their humanity, in a major deal, at auction, for publication in 2017, to Emily Easton at Crown Books for Young Readers.

Target Emerging Author Kristina Riggle’s first literary novel VIVIAN IN RED, told in two timelines -- 1930s and modern day -- about an aging Broadway producer's most famous song and his granddaughter who must unravel the clouded connection between the lyrics and a vibrant woman from the producer’s past, to Jason Pinter at Polis Books, in a nice deal.

New York Times Bestselling Indie Author with over 2 million ebooks sold, Jasinda Wilder’s new contemporary romance trilogy beginning with MADAME X, a dark, sexy, and atmospheric modern-day fairy tale about a mysterious woman drawn to two very different men, at auction, in a major deal for 7-figures, to Cindy Hwang at Berkley for publication starting in November 2015.

Susanne Lord’s debut LONDON EXPLORERS historical romance trilogy beginning with In Search of Scandal, a Victorian-set romance where three British explorers find love as they seek to uncover the truth behind a tragedy at a remote Tibetan outpost and the missionary's child who disappeared that day, to Deb Werksman at Sourcebooks, in a nice deal, for publication in late 2015.

Author of the Langdon Prep series, Kimberly Reid’s JUSTICE HIGH, in which an overachieving prep school girl from a successful con artist family gets a tutoring job at a transition school for juvenile delinquents and becomes the leader of the teen crew after she convinces them to use their criminal skills for good, in a nice deal to Stacy Whitman at Tu Books for publication in early 2016.

Author of the acclaimed debut Under A Painted Sky, Stacey Lee's contemporary young adult novel TOUCH ME NOT, about a sixteen-year-old aromateur with an extraordinary nose, the last in a long line of love witches, who scrambles to reverse the effects of a love elixir after giving it to the wrong target—all while trying not to fall for the woman's attractive son, in a very nice deal, in a pre-empt, to Maria Barbo at Katherine Tegan Books.

Author of the debut A Wicked Thing, Rhiannon Thomas's new fantasy LONG MAY SHE REIGN, where a 17-year old shy, socially awkward girl scientist is twenty-third in line for the throne but suddenly becomes queen when the entire court is assassinated by poison during a state dinner, in a nice deal, again to Catherine Wallace at Harper Teen.

Author of the debut Under A Painted Sky, Stacey Lee's next historical young adult UNSINKABLE MERCY WONG, in which a spirited Chinese-American girl pretends to be an heiress from China to get entry into an all white boarding school but more than her future plans are shaken up when the the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake hits and she and her school sisters must band together to survive, to Shauna Rossano at Putnam Children's.

TV Rights to Kim Reid’s memoir NO PLACE SAFE, a look at how her childhood was shaped by the search for a serial killer and her cop mother's involvement in the Atlanta Missing and Murdered Children Investigation (which captured the nation's attention and ended with the 1982 conviction of Wayne Williams) to Oscar-winning producer John Ridley (12 Years A Slave) and Michael McDonald for ABC Signature Studios, by Kristin Nelson of Nelson Literary Agency with Wayne Alexander of Alexander, Lawrence, Frumes & Labowitz.

French rights to Jasinda Wilder's MADAME X, the first title in a contemporary romance trilogy, to Elsa Lafon of Michel Lafon, in a pre-empt, by Jenny Meyer on behalf of Kristin Nelson of Nelson Literary Agency.

TV Rights to New York Times bestselling author Hugh Howey’s SAND, in a future where the old world is literally buried beneath hundreds of feet of sand, an elite family of sand divers, who scavenge relics from the past for survival, unbury a secret that can destroy all that remains of their lawless world, to Bradley Thomas, Zak Kadison and Tim Kring of Imperative Entertainment (Crossing Jordan, Heroes, Daybreak) for development in fall 2015.

Film Rights to New York Times, bestselling author Marie Lu’s THE YOUNG ELITES, in a Renaissance-like world where young children who survive the Plague and are often gifted with god-like powers, three rival societies battle for supremacy, to Marty Bowen, Wyck Godfrey, and Isaac Klausner at Temple Hill Productions (Twilight Saga, Fault In Our Stars) with Daria Cercek at 20th Century Fox Studios, in a major deal for high six figures.

Film rights to Ally Carter's GALLAGHER GIRLS series to ToniK Productions with Tonya Lewis Lee and Nikki Silver producing (The Giver and The Watsons Go To Birmingham), by Kristin Nelson of Nelson Literary Agency and Kassie Evashevski of United Talent Agency.

Film rights to Ally Carter's HEIST SOCIETY to Lionsgate with Elizabeth Banks and Max Handelman producing (Pitch Perfect), by Kristin Nelson of Nelson Literary Agency and Kassie Evashevski of United Talent Agency.

Film rights to Josh Malerman's debut literary horror novel BIRD BOX, in which a woman blindfolds herself and two small children, then flees in a rowboat down a river as the story unfolds in a series of chilling questions: where are they going, what are they afraid of seeing, what is happening in this world and why is she all alone, to Universal Studios with Andres Muschietti (Mama) attached to direct and Scott Stuber (Ted, Battleship), Chris Morgan (Fast & Furious, Wanted), Barbara Muschietti (Mama) and Lewis to produce, by Kristin Nelson of Nelson Literary Agency, Ryan Lewis of Stone Canyon Media, and Wayne Alexander of Alexander, Lawrence, Frumes & Labowitz for the author.

UK & European Rights: Jenny Meyer, Jenny Meyer Literary Agency,

Asia: Jamie Persichetti,

Dramatic/Film Rights: Please contact us at

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