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agent :
Kristin Nelson
Nelson Literary Agency, LLC
1732 Wazee Street, Suite 207, Denver, CO 80202

My goal as an agent is simple: I want every client of mine to make a living solely from writing, and 90% of my authors do without help from any other source of income. I'm President and owner of Nelson Literary Agency, LLC, which I founded in 2002. Over the last two decades, I've represented fifty 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, upmarket commercial novels, upmarket women's fiction, historical novels that feature a narrative voice and story that is under-represented in history or a story never before told, character-driven thrillers, science fiction and fantasy, all young adult, and occasionally the middle grade novel. Please visit NLA Submission Guidelines for more information of what I'm looking for.

When not busy selling books, I'm quite sporty. I play tennis, pickle ball, 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.

You might also be interested in the other agents at NLA:

Joanna MacKenzie


Other Links:
My popular blog: Pub Rants

Facebook: Agent Kristin

years experience: 15+
General fiction, Suspense/thriller, Fantasy/science fiction, Juvenile fiction, Literary Crossover, Upmarket commercial, Women's Book Club 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)
Click for a list of all: Clients

J.D. Barker, Ally Carter, Gail Carriger, Richard Chizmar, Jamie Ford, Hugh Howey, Stacey Lee, Marie Lu, Josh Malerman, Courtney Milan, Scott Reintgen, Lisa Shearin, Swati Teerdhala, Sherry Thomas, Shelby Van Pelt, Jasinda Wilder

Adult Authors
WOOL Trilogy, SAND, BEACON 23 by Hugh Howey
THE FOURTH MONKEY Series by J.D. Barker
BIRD BOX by Josh Malerman
PARASOL PROTECTORATE Series by Gail Carriger
THE LADY SHERLOCK Series by Sherry Thomas
THE GWENDY series by Richard Chizmar & Stephen King

GALLAGHER GIRL Series and EMBASSY ROW Series by Ally Carter
LEGEND Trilogy and Warcross Series by Marie Lu
NYXIA Triad by Scott Reintgen
PERFECT CHEMISTRY Series by Simone Elkeles
FINISHING SCHOOL Series by Gail Carriger
THE BURNING SKY Trilogy by Sherry Thomas
THE TIGER AT MIDNIGHT Trilogy by Swati Teerdhala

Author of the Nyxia Triad Scott Reintgen's THE PROBLEM WITH PROPHECIES, the first in a series, about a 12-year-old seer whose first prophetic vision is of her cute 7th grade neighbor dying in an accident so with her powers, she orchestrates rescue after rescue to defy death all while surviving middle school, to Anna Parsons at Aladdin, in a two-book deal, for publication in summer 2022, by Kristin Nelson at Nelson Literary Agency (NA).

NYT-bestselling author Hugh Howey's ACROSS THE SAND, the sequel to SAND, in which a young woman, bent on revenge after the detonation of an old-world nuclear bomb destroys her home, plans to wipe out the hardscrabble settlements across the border, only to discover that injustices run deep everywhere, to Jaime Levine at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, in an exclusive submission, for publication in spring 2022, by Kristin Nelson at Nelson Literary Agency (NA).

NYT bestselling authors Stephen King and Richard Chizmar's GWENDY'S FINAL TASK, the last installment of the trilogy where Gwendy must journey from Castle Rock to a faraway destination to execute a secret mission to save the world—and, maybe, all worlds, to Ed Schlesinger at Gallery, in a significant deal, in an exclusive submission, for publication in May 2022, with Cemetery Dance releasing the hardcover in February 2022, by Kristin Nelson at Nelson Literary Agency for Chizmar and Chuck Verrill of Darhansoff & Verrill for King (NA)

Shelby Van Pelt's debut REMARKABLY BRIGHT CREATURES, in which a grieving widow befriends a curmudgeonly giant Pacific octopus, a very reluctant resident of the Sowell Bay Aquarium; when a grifter comes to town, the three unlock a truth tied to her son's disappearance 30 years ago; pitched as for fans of My Octopus Teacher and Kevin Wilson, to Helen Atsma at Ecco, in a major deal, at auction, for publication in Spring 2022, by Kristin Nelson at Nelson Literary Agency (NA.)

Author of THE DOWNSTAIRS GIRL Stacey Lee's WINSTON CHU VERSUS THE WHIMSIES, pitched as a humorous modern-day reimagining of a classic Chinese folktale where Winston Chu saves the owner of a curiosities shop from a robbery only to be gifted a broomstick and a dustpan for his trouble —items that turn out to be more a curse than a blessing when they sweep away important stuff, like his baby sister, to Stephanie Lurie at Rick Riordan Presents, in a significant deal, in an exclusive submission, in a two-book deal, for publication in fall 2022.

USA Today bestselling author Sherry Thomas's untitled books 6 & 7 in the LADY SHERLOCK MYSTERY series, featuring a ruined young woman in Victorian England solving cases as Sherlock Holmes, to Kerry Donovan at Berkley in a good two-book deal, by Kristin Nelson.

Scott Reintgen's untitled book three in the TALESPINNERS series, featuring the adventures of Indira Story as she goes undercover at Antagonist Academy at the request of a secret faction known as the Anti-Heroes, to Emily Easton at Crown Children’s, by Kristin Nelson.

New York Times Bestselling author of Hotel On the Corner of Bitter & Sweet, Jamie Ford’s novel TOMORROW DOROTHY, which follows five generations of women in one family and shows how trauma runs through the generations until one mother, Dorothy, dares to break the pattern of this dangerous inheritance to save her daughter, to Lindsay Sagnette at Atria, in a major deal at auction.

Film/TV rights to Stacey Lee's THE DOWNSTAIRS GIRL, about a Chinese teen in 1890s Atlanta who moonlights as Dear Miss Sweetie, a wildly popular newspaper advice columnist that has all of high society in an uproar, to Executive Producers Samual Ha and Jamie Lai at Bound entertainment (Okja and Snowpiercer) and with Lee also serving as executive producer, by Kristin Nelson at Nelson Literary Agency and Alice Lawson of The Gersh Agency and attorney Wayne Alexander.

FILM/TV rights to Award-winning author Stacey Lee’s UNDER A PAINTED SKY, a young adult western Thelma & Louise, 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 to Fremantle for series, by Kristin Nelson of Nelson Literary Agency, Alice Lawson at The Gersh Agency, and attorney Wayne Alexander. 

FILM/TV Rights to New York Times Bestselling author Josh Malerman’s BLACK MAD WHEEL, a psychological horror that follows a washed-up band called The Danes who are tapped by the US ARMY to track an ominous and strange noise in the desert— a trip that takes the band into the heart of a twisted conspiracy, to Ridley Scott’s Scott Free Productions and Sean O’Grady and Bill Stertz producing for Atlas Industries, and with Barnette Brettler on board to write the screenplay, by Kristin Nelson of Nelson Literary Agency, producer Ryan Lewis, and attorney Wayne Alexander.

TV Rights to New York Times Bestselling author Hugh Howey’s WOOL, the first book in the Silo Series, for development as a TV series by LaToya Morgan (Shameless, Badlands, Parenthood); Morgan will executive produce the project in addition to writing the pilot and Howey is also attached as a producer, by Kristin Nelson of Nelson Literary Agency, Kassie Evashevski at Anonymous Content, and attorney Wayne Alexander.

FILM Rights to New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu’s LEGEND Series to BDCF Pictures with Claude Dal Farra, Brice Dal Farra, Brian Keady producing (Bachelorette, The Language of Flowers), and screenwriter Joseph Muszynski adapting, by Kristin Nelson of Nelson Literary Agency, Kassie Evashevski at Anonymous Content, and attorney Wayne Alexander.

FILM Rights to Dacre Stoker and  J.D. Barker’s DRACUL,the Bram Stoker Estate authorized first ever Dracula prequel, at auction to Paramount Studios with producers Roy Lee, Barbara Muschietti, and with director Andy Muschietti (Mama, It) attached, by Kristin Nelson of Nelson Literary Agency, Angela Cheng Caplan of Cheng Caplan Company Inc. and attorney Wayne Alexander. 

FILM Rights to New York Times bestselling author Jamie Ford’s debut novel, with over 2 million copies in print, HOTEL ON THE CORNER OF BITTER AND SWEET, to producers Diane Quon of Quonco Productions LLC and Joseph Craig of StemEnt, and Executive Producer George Takei attached, with Jamie Ford co-writing the screenplay, production anticipated to begin in Spring 2018, by Kristin Nelson of Nelson Literary Agency, Kassie Evashevski of United Talent Agency, and attorney Wayne Alexander.

TV Rights to New York Times & USA Today Bestselling author Jana DeLeon’s MISS FORTUNE 8-book Mystery Series, beginning with LOUISIANA LONGSHOT, pitched as a Miss Congeniality meets Golden Girls when a CIA assassin goes undercover as a beauty queen librarian to lay low in Sinful, Louisiana, stumbles into a murder, and has to team up with the group of elderly ladies dubbed The Geritol Mafia to solve it, to Executive Vice President Chris Parnell at Sony Pictures Television.

FILM/TV Rights to New York Times bestselling author Hugh Howey’s BEACON 23, a shell-shocked former soldier mans a lighthouse beacon for spaceships and must face his demons when the beacon fails endangering thousands of lives, to producer Brian Unkless and studio head Jeff Robinov at Studio 8 (Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk) for development in fall 2016.

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

Asia & Dramatic/Film Rights:

Joanna MacKenzie, Literary Agent
Quressa Robinson, Literary Agent
Brian Nelson, Chief Operating & Financial Officer
Angie Hodapp, Director of Literary Development
Samantha Cronin, Contracts Manager & Royalty Auditor
Maria Heater, Literary Associate
Tallahj Curry, Literary Assistant
Please remember that NLA does not look at submissions for nonfiction (except Quressa), memoir, screenplays, short-story collections, poetry, gift or coffee table books, children’s picture books or early reader chapter books, or material for the Christian/inspirational market. Please review the Submission Guidelines for most up-to-date information as Agent Kristin often closes to general queries but will still accept referrals.

Queries via Query Manager only.

No snail mail submissions accepted.


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