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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. 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 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, 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 13-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
Marie Lu
Josh Malerman
Courtney Milan
Scott Reintgen
Kristina Riggle
Lisa Shearin
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

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).

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, detective Sam Porter has days to locate the last victim using clues from the killer’s disturbing diary, words that taunt Sam—even from beyond the grave, to Tim Mudie and Bruce Nichols at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, in a pre-empt, in a two-book significant deal, for publication in spring 2017. UK rights for two books to Lisa Milton at her new HQ imprint, in a six-figure pre-empt, German rights for both to Nicole Geismann at Blanvalet, for six-figures in a 5-house auction, Spanish Rights to Maria Guitart at Planeta/Destino in a pre-empt, and Italian rights to Giovanna Canton at Rizzoli in a pre-empt. 

M.C. Planck’s third installment in his World of Prime flintlock fantasy series JUDGMENT AT THE VERDANT COURT, an unassuming forty-year old mechanical engineer from Earth turned warrior-priest tries to save his friend's soul while battling nightmarish creatures and treacherous kings, to Rene Sears at Pyr, an imprint of Prometheus Books, in a nice deal.

Kimberly Reid's #Prettyboy Must Die, a comedic YA thriller pitched as Kingsmen: The Secret Service meets Die Hard, in which a young, African American CIA prodigy accidentally becomes an internet sensation (a la #Alexfromtarget and #DamnDaniel), thereby blowing his cover to old and new enemies, to Bess Cozby at Tor Teen for publication in Spring 2017.

Random House has brought on a super league of writers to do the characters justice, all of them New York Times bestselling authors. There's Leigh Bardugo (The Grisha Trilogy) on Wonder Woman, Marie Lu (The Young Elites) on Batman, Matt de la Peña (Mexican Whiteboy and The Living) on Superman, and Sarah J. Maas (The Thrones of Glass series) on Catwoman. The books will be released in that order, starting with Wonder Woman in August 2017 — a month after the planned release of the Wonder Woman movie. Random House says all four novels "will embrace themes of good vs. evil, coming-of-age romance, and superheroes from unexpected places who have the determination to achieve seemingly impossible dreams."

Debut author Heather Kaczynski’s new duology, DARE MIGHTY THINGS, pitched as Contact meets The Selection —instead of competing for a prince/kingdom, a brilliant Indian-American girl competes to win the last astronaut slot for an experimental mission into space, to Jen Klonsky at Harper Teen, in a good deal at auction for six figures.

#1 New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu’s new duology, WARCROSS, about two teen bounty hunters hired by a young billionaire to catch a hacker in the world's most phenomenally popular virtual reality video game, to long-time editor Jen Besser at Putnam Children’s, in a major deal for seven figures.

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
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
Kristen Bauer, Certified Accountant
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