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

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 hiking with our 14-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


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 FANCY, 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 two new historical mysteries in the Lady Sherlock series that features a ruined young woman in Victorian England solving cases as Sherlock Holmes to Kerry Donovan at Berkley, in a good deal.

USA Today bestselling author Sherry Thomas’s untitled Mulan Novel, 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.

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author CJ Lyons’ YA psychological thriller THE COLOR OF LIES, about High school senior Ella Cleary who has synesthesia—a condition that causes her to see a riot of colors with each interaction, but when she meets a boy she can’t read, she discovers he holds the secret behind her parents’ death, to Jillian Manning at Blink for Fall 2018 publication.

Dacre Stoker and internationally bestselling author J.D. Barker’s DRACUL, the Bram Stoker Estate authorized first ever Dracula prequel—based on research into the actual long-missing first 100 pages of Stoker’s classic novel and material edited out of its original publication—where in 1868, a 21-year old Bram Stoker meets with an ungodly evil, which he traps in an ancient tower all the while scribbling  the events that led him there, the origin of a monster, to Mark Tavani at Putnam, in a 5-house auction, in a significant deal (NA). UK rights for DRACUL to Simon Taylor of Transworld and to Michel Lafon France in a pre-empt. 

NYT bestselling author Ally Carter's stand-alone debut NOT IF I SAVE YOU FIRST, an action-adventure romance, pitched as a gender-swapped YA Romancing The Stone, which follows the daughter of a Secret Service agent who must save the First Son when he is kidnapped in the Alaskan wilderness--if they don't kill each other first, to David Levithan at Scholastic, for six figures, and for publication in March 2018.

Miranda Asebedo’s debut THE GIRLS OF COTTONWOOD HOLLOW, a YA contemporary with a twist of magical realism, when a tornado unearths the century-old diary of the dying woman who cursed the girls of a rural Kansas town with strange talents, all painful truths and secrets must be revealed when one of those girls goes missing, to Emilia Rhodes at Harper Teen for 2018 publication, in a very nice deal at auction.

Bram Stoker Award-nominee and internationally bestselling author Josh Malerman’s UNBURY CAROL, a dark, lyrical adventure novel in the vein of Stephen King and Louis L’Amour about a legendary outlaw racing against time to save his first love from being buried alive, while being trailed by threats both mortal and mystical, and a second untitled novel, in a good deal at auction, to Mike Braff at Del Rey Books.

NYT bestseller Marie Lu's KINGDOM OF BACK, based on the childhood of composer Mozart and his sister Nannerl, when a magical imp (in the form of a gorgeous teen boy) from the "imaginary" kingdom of Back offers to fulfill her secret wish to always be remembered, she unwittingly makes a terrible pact to solidify her place in history, to Jennifer Besser at Putnam Children's, in a good deal six-figure deal, for publication in early 2019.

NYT bestseller Gail Carriger's Books 3 & 4 in the Custard Protocol Series, chronicling the continuing adventures of a woman's crack-pot dirigible team, following them as they explore the crumbling supernatural remnants of the British Empire, to Lindsey Hall at Orbit, in a good, six-figure deal, for publication in 2018, by Kristin Nelson at Nelson Literary Agency (NA).

NYT bestseller Hugh Howey's MACHINE LEARNING: NEW AND COLLECTED STORIES, a short story collection including three stories set in the world of WOOL and two never-before-published tales, plus fifteen additional stories collected together for the first time, for publication in Fall 2017, and print rights to indie-published novel SAND, for publication in Spring 2017, to John Joseph Adams at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (NA).

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.

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

Danielle Burby, Literary Agent
Joanna MacKenzie, Literary Agent
Quressa Robinson, Literary Agent
Brian Nelson, Chief Operating & Financial Officer
Angie Hodapp, Director of Royalties & Literary Development
Lori Bennett, Director of Contracts & NLA Digital
Sam Cronin, Royalty Auditor & NLA Digital Associate
Jamie Persichetti, Asian Rights & Submissions Coordinator
Tallahj Curry, Literary Assistant
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