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Kristin Nelson
Nelson Literary Agency, LLC
1732 Wazee Street, Suite 207, Denver, CO 80202
303.292.2805
http://www.nelsonagency.com
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New York Times Bestselling Author

Founded in 2002, Kristin Nelson is President and owner of Nelson Literary Agency, LLC. Over the last decade of her career, she has represented over thirty New York Times bestselling titles and many USA Today bestsellers.

She currently specializes 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 she is not busy selling books, Kristin loves playing tennis and playing Bridge (where she is the youngest person in her club). On weekends she can be found in the mountains hiking with her husband and their dog Chutney.

Check out Kristin’s popular blog: Pub Rants

Kristin's Facebook page: Agent Kristin


years experience: 12+
GENRES & SPECIALTIES
General fiction, Romance, Fantasy/science fiction, Juvenile fiction, Literary Crossover, Literary commercial, Women's fiction, Young Adult & Middle Grade
TRADE REFERENCES
Member:
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)
LEADING CLIENTS
Kristen Callihan
Ally Carter
Gail Carriger
Jamie Ford
Simone Elkeles
Hugh Howey
Marie Lu
Josh Malerman
Mari Mancusi
Courtney Milan
Kristina Riggle
Lisa Shearin
Sherry Thomas
Jasinda Wilder
BEST-KNOWN PROJECTS
Adult Authors
HOTEL ON THE CORNER OF BITTER & SWEET by Jamie Ford
SONGS OF WILLOW FROST by Jamie Ford
WOOL by Hugh Howey
FALLING INTO YOU by Jasinda Wilder
SOULLESS by Gail Carriger
FIRELIGHT by Kristen Callihan
RAVISHING THE HEIRESS by Sherry Thomas
THE WHOLE GOLDEN WORLD by Kristina Riggle
ENCHANTED INC. by Shanna Swendson

Children's
I'D TELL YOU I LOVE YOU BUT THEN I'D HAVE TO KILL YOU and HEIST SOCIETY by Ally Carter
LEGEND by Marie Lu
PERFECT CHEMISTRY by Simone Elkeles
WILD CARDS by Simone Elkeles
ETIQUETTE & ESPIONAGE by Gail Carriger
THE BURNING SKY by Sherry Thomas
SCORCHED by Mari Mancusi

MOST RECENT SALES/ FORTHCOMING BOOKS
New York Times bestselling author of the Wool Silo Saga, 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, again to Jack Fogg at Century, by Kristin Nelson at Nelson Literary Agency and Jenny Meyer at Jenny Meyer Literary Agency.

M.C. Planck's debut flintlock fantasy SWORD OF THE BRIGHT LADY, an unassuming forty-year old mechanical engineer from Arizona becomes a pawn in a cosmic game when he stumbles into an other world where he must pit wit and rudimentary firearms against magic and monsters to open a pathway home to his wife, to Lou Anders at Pyr, in a nice deal, by Kristin Nelson at Nelson Literary Agency (World English)

Author of FIRELIGHT, books five, six, and seven of Kristen Callihan’s DARKEST LONDON series, featuring EVERNIGHT in which an assassin seeking revenge on the inventor who turned him into a mechanical nightmare finds himself falling in love and doing anything he can to keep her with him to Alex Logan at Grand Central Publishing, in a very nice three-book deal by Kristin Nelson at Nelson Literary Agency (World).

Marcia Well's debut, with Marcos Calo to illustrate, middle grade mystery EDDIE RED UNDERCOVER: MYSTERY ON MUSEUM MILE, armed with sketch paper, a charcoal pencil, an iPod and a photographic memory, Eddie becomes the NYPD's secret weapon to catch a mastermind art thief, in a nice two-book deal, to Ann Rider at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children's, by Kristin Nelson at Nelson Literary Agency (World).

New York Times bestselling author Ally Carter's new series EMBASSY ROW, about the granddaughter of a powerful ambassador who returns to her home on Embassy Row and uncovers an international conspiracy while solving the mystery of her mother's death, in a three-book major deal, at auction, moving to David Levithan at Scholastic, by Kristin Nelson at Nelson Literary Agency (NA).

New York Times bestselling author of the LEGEND series Marie Lu's new fantasy trilogy 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, in a major deal for publication in fall 2014, to Jen Besser at Putnam Children's, by Kristin Nelson at Nelson Literary Agency (World).

Author of the bestselling Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, Jamie Ford's THE PRIZE, inspired by the true story of a boy who was raffled off during the 1909 World's Fair in Seattle, envisioned here as a half-Chinese boy who is won by a Madam and put to work as a valet in one of her bordellos -- where he falls in love with her adopted daughter, in a major deal, to Jennifer Hershey at Ballantine Bantam Dell, for publication in 2015, by Kristin Nelson at Nelson Literary Agency (NA).

Feministfiction.com author Rhiannon Thomas's debut fantasy AFTER, where after one hundred years, Sleeping Beauty wakes up to the kiss of a handsome prince and a broken kingdom on the verge of revolution and as her wedding day draws near, she must uncover what has happened while she slept and make the ultimate decision on how to save her inherited kingdom: marry the prince or run, to Sarah Landis at Harper Teen, in a very nice two-book deal, by Kristin Nelson at Nelson Literary Agency (NA).

Pitched as a young adult western Thelma & Louise, Stacey Lee's debut historical novel GOLDEN BOYS, in which a Chinese girl and a house slave disguise themselves as cowboys to run from the law, seek revenge for a murder, and find freedom in the California Gold Rush frontier, in a nice deal, to Jennifer Besser at Putnam Children's by Kristin Nelson at Nelson Literary Agency (NA).

Author of the Enchanted Inc. series, Shanna Swendson's debut YA REBEL MECHANICS in which a young governess in an alternate 19th century New York finds herself caught up in a budding revolution when she's recruited by a group of mechanically minded rebels to spy on her employers in the magical ruling class, in a nice deal, to Margaret Ferguson at Margaret Ferguson Books, by Kristin Nelson at Nelson Literary Agency. (World English)

MOST RECENT RIGHTS SALES
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.

SUB-AGENTS/ RIGHTS CONTACTS
UK & European Rights: Jenny Meyer, Jenny Meyer Literary Agency, jenny@meyerlit.com

Asia: Becky Taylor, rtaylor@nelsonagency.com

Dramatic/Film Rights: Please contact us at query@nelsonagency.com

KEY PERSONNEL
Sara Megibow, Literary Agent
Angie Rasmussen, Contracts and Royalties Manager
Lori Bennett, Digital Liaison & Software Engineer
Becky Taylor, Asian Territory Rights Coordinator
SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS
Please note that we do not currently accept thrillers, mysteries, Christian, screenplays, short story collections, gift or coffee table books, and children's picture books.

Query by email only: query@nelsonagency.com

No snail mail queries or submissions accepted.

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