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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 decade and a half, I've represented over forty 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, all subgenres of young adult/middle grade, and select projects in thriller, science fiction, fantasy, and single-title romance.

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 with our 15-year old rat terrier, Chutney.

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

Danielle Burby

Joanna MacKenzie


Other Links:
My popular blog: Pub Rants

Facebook: Agent Kristin

years experience: 15+
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)
Click for a list of all: NLA Clients

J.D. Barker
Kristen Callihan
Ally Carter
Gail Carriger
Jamie Ford
Simone Elkeles
Hugh Howey
Stacey Lee
C.J. Lyons
Marie Lu
Josh Malerman
Courtney Milan
Scott Reintgen
Kristina Riggle
Lisa Shearin
Dacre Stoker
Sherry Thomas
Jasinda Wilder

Adult Authors
WOOL Trilogy, SAND, BEACON 23 by Hugh Howey
BIRD BOX by Josh Malerman
PARASOL PROTECTORATE Series by Gail Carriger
FALLING INTO YOU Series and MADAME X by Jasinda Wilder
THE LADY SHERLOCK Series by Sherry Thomas
VIVAN IN RED by Kristina Riggle
ENCHANTED INC. Series by Shanna Swendson

GALLAGHER GIRL Series and EMBASSY ROW Series by Ally Carter
LEGEND Trilogy and THE YOUNG ELITES Trilogy by Marie Lu
NYXIA by Scott Reintgen
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

Marie Lu's book set 10 years after CHAMPION (the third in her Legend series), plus the first in new sci-fi/fantasy series SKYHUNTER, about the unbreakable bonds that form between young people during wartime, moving with longtime editor Jennifer Besser to Roaring Brook Press, in a major deal, for seven figures ("multimillion dollars"), in a three-book deal, for publication starting in fall 2019, by Kristin Nelson.

Author of the Nyxia Triad Scott Reintgen's ASHLORDS, about three three riders—a champion's daughter, a scholarship entrant, and a revolutionary's son—competing in a prestigious phoenix horse race where the horses live for one day, burst into flames at night and to be crowned champion, riders must use alchemy to summon their horse back to life at sunrise, to Emily Easton at Crown Children's, in a good deal, in an exclusive submission, in a two-book deal.

Brittney Morris's SLAY, following a black teen video game developer as she battles a real-life troll intent on ruining the Black Panther-inspired video game she created, and the safe community it represents for black gamers, to Jennifer Ung at Simon Pulse, in a significant deal, in a 7-house auction, in a two-book deal, for publication in fall 2019 and fall 2020, by Quressa Robinson and Kristin Nelson.

ENCHANTED, INC., author Shanna Swendson’s new contemporary fantasy SOME ENCHANTED EVENING about a tourist who finds herself plunged into a magical New York adventure after she stops to help a little old lady, to Jessica Almon Galland at Audible Originals for publication in 2019.

Catherine Onder at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has acquired, in a significant preempt, Ally Carter’s debut middle grade series, starting with THE WINTERBORNE HOME FOR VENGEANCE AND VIRTUE. Pitched as “if little orphan Annie went to live with Batman,” the book follows April and a ragtag group of undervalued, underestimated kids as they teach a mysterious billionaire that he has a family worth fighting for. Publication is set for fall 2019; The deal was done by Kristin Nelson.

Signed after the Twitter pitchfest #DVPit, Swati Teerdhala’s captivating debut YA fantasy novel, THE TIGER AT MIDNIGHT, the first in a trilogy set in a world inspired by ancient India where a soldier hunts the rebel girl accused of killing his General, embarking on a dangerous cat and mouse game and where both must decide—loyalty to their old lives or to a love that's made them dream of new ones, to Alex Arnold at Katherine Tegen Books, in a pre-empt, in a major deal, by Kristin Nelson.

Author of the young adult NyxiaTrilogy, Scott Reintgen’s debut middle grade novel WHEN IN FABLE, in which Indira Story auditions for Protagonist Preparatory, botches her auditions, ends up a side character and when a darker plot threatens the school, must face if a side-character like her can really save the day?, in a good deal pre-empt, to current Editor Emily Easton at Crown Young Readers in an exclusive submission, by Kristin Nelson.

E.R. Ramzipoor’s THE VENTRILOQUISTS, set during WWII and inspired by true events, a literary debut that follows a ragtag gang of resistance fighters – including a misfit news editor, a forger, and a young boy -- who go to extraordinary lengths and risk their lives to publish a satiric newspaper mocking the Reich, all while pretending to work for the Nazis, celebrating freedom of expression and those who have the courage to defend their values and their very way of life, pitched as All The Light We Cannot See meets “Ocean’s Eleven,” to Erika Imranyi at Park Row Books, by Kristin Nelson.

Author/illustrator Primo Gallanosa’s debut picture book, Hey, Who Made This Mess, in which all the zoo animals fear a strange monster that is wreaking messy havoc only to discover it’s far from what they expected and danger is all a matter of perception, and a second book to Jen Besser with Stephanie Pitts editing at Putnam Children’s, in a very nice deal by Kristin Nelson.

USA Today bestselling author Sherry Thomas’s THE MAGNOLIA SWORD: A BALLAD OF MULAN, the first novel-length YA adaptation of the classic ballad to be written by a Chinese-American author, where Mulan dresses as a man to take the place of her ailing father in the army—but an old enemy and a new attraction complicate her role in the coming war, to Cheryl Klein at Tu Books/Lee & Low for publication in 2019.

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 J.D. Barker's debut thriller THE FOURTH MONKEY, pitched as Se7en meets Silence of the Lambs, when a notorious serial killer is hit by a bus while delivering his signature message, a detective has days to locate the last victim using clues from the killer's disturbing diary, at auction to CBS Films with Bill Todman, Marc Webb (The Amazing Spiderman) and Taylor Elmore (Justified, Limitless) attached.

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.

TV Rights to Rhiannon Thomas’s debut young adult novel A WICKED THING, a reimagining of what happens when a hundred years later, sleeping beauty awakes to discover her kingdom on the verge of revolution and she has only two choices: marry the prince to inherit her kingdom or run, to Freeform with producers Tom Lynch Company and Brillstein Entertainment Partners developing, writers Adam Lash & Cori Uchida (Heroes Reborn, Helix) attached.

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.

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

Danielle Burby, Literary Agent
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
Jamie Persichetti, Asian Rights & Submissions Coordinator
Tallahj Curry, Literary Assistant
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