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agent : patricia@marsallyonliteraryagency.com
Patricia Nelson
Marsal Lyon Literary Agency
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Patricia Nelson joined Marsal Lyon Literary Agency in 2014. She represents adult, young adult, and middle grade fiction, and is actively building her list.

In general, Patricia looks for stories that hook her with a unique plot, fantastic writing and complex characters that jump off the page. On the adult side, she is seeking women’s fiction both upmarket and commercial, historical fiction set in the 20th century, and compelling plot-driven literary fiction. She’s also looking for sexy, smart adult contemporary and historical single title romance. On the children’s side, Patricia is open to a wide range of genres of YA and MG, with particular interest in contemporary/realistic, magical realism, mystery, science fiction and fantasy. She is interested in seeing diverse stories and characters, including LGBTQ, in all genres that she represents.

Patricia is a member of SCBWI and RWA. She received her bachelor’s degree from the College of William and Mary in 2008, and also holds a master’s degree in English Literature from the University of Southern California and a master’s degree in Gender Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. Before joining the world of publishing, she spent four years as a university-level instructor of literature and writing.


years experience: 6
GENRES & SPECIALTIES
Young adult fiction, Middle grade fiction, Women's fiction, Romance
MOST RECENT SALES/ FORTHCOMING BOOKS
Middle grade:

THE TURNAWAY GIRLS author Hayley Chewins's THE SISTERS OF STRAYGARDEN PLACE, a literary fantasy in which three sisters cursed with insomnia and abandoned to the care of a magical mansion must unravel the mystery of their home's origins and their parents' disappearance when one of them falls grievously ill, to Miriam Newman at Candlewick, for publication in fall 2020, by Patricia Nelson at Marsal Lyon Literary Agency (world English).

KARMA KHULLAR'S MUSTACHE author Kristi Wientge's HONEY BEES AND FRENEMIES, in which the summer after sixth-grade takes an unexpected turn for two former best friends when they are volunteered by their parents to help out a local beekeeper in advance of their town's annual Honey Festival, to Liz Kossnar at Simon & Schuster Children's, for publication in Summer 2019, by Patricia Nelson at Marsal Lyon Literary Agency (world).

Sandy Stark-McGinnis's debut EXTRAORDINARY BIRDS, in which an eleven-year-old girl who has grown up in the foster system believes that one day she will transform into a bird and fly away, but when she's placed with a foster mom who runs a wildlife rescue, she gains a new perspective on family and home, to Allison Moore at Bloomsbury Children's, in a very nice deal, in a two-book deal, for publication in Spring 2019, by Patricia Nelson at Marsal Lyon Literary Agency (World).

Margaret Dilloway's SUMMER OF A THOUSAND PIES, in which a twelve-year-old Great British Baking Show superfan is sent to live with her aunt in the mountains of California, and over the course of one summer learns about friendship, family, and how to make the perfect pie crust, to Kristin Daly Rens at Balzer & Bray, in a very nice deal, in a two-book deal, for publication in Winter 2019, by Patricia Nelson at Marsal Lyon Literary Agency (World English).

Young adult:

REBEL SEOUL author Axie Oh's XOXO, in which a Korean-American cello prodigy with her sights set on attending a prestigious conservatory for college finds all her careful plans upended when she spends part of her junior year at an elite music academy in Seoul, where she falls into a whirlwind secret romance with the lead singer of K-pop's biggest boy band, to Camille Kellogg at Harper Teen, with Catherine Wallace editing, for publication in summer 2021, by Patricia Nelson at Marsal Lyon Literary Agency (world).

Tulsa Artist Fellow Juliana Goodman's WHAT ABOUT KATIA?, a debut mystery pitched as inspired by #SayHerName, in which a Black teen girl's world is upended when her older sister is killed by a white cop who claims she was breaking into his house; desperate to find out what really happened, she sets out to find the only other witness who was there that night—her sister's boyfriend, who has gone missing, to Kat Brzozowski at Feiwel and Friends, in a very nice deal, in a two-book deal, for publication in winter 2022, by Patricia Nelson at Marsal Lyon Literary Agency (world English).

Printz Honor winner Mary McCoy's INDESTRUCTIBLE OBJECT, in which a queer teen girl who hosts a podcast about the love stories of great artists finds her life falling apart when her parents announce they're divorcing and her boyfriend breaks up with her right after her high school graduation, then sets out on a new summer podcast project about whether love even exists at all and discovers herself in the process, to Kendra Levin at Simon & Schuster Children's, for publication in summer 2021, by Patricia Nelson at Marsal Lyon Literary Agency (world).

REBEL SEOUL author Axie Oh's THE GIRL WHO FELL BENEATH THE SEA, pitched as a feminist retelling of the Korean folktale The Tale of Shim Cheong, with echoes of Miyazaki, set in a town where every year a girl is sacrificed to the sea to stop torrential rains, but when a brave teen girl dives in herself to protect a loved one, she discovers a spirit kingdom in need of saving, to Emily Settle at Feiwel and Friends, for publication in winter 2022, by Patricia Nelson at Marsal Lyon Literary Agency (world).

Producer for the NYT's The Daily podcast Alexandra Leigh Young's debut IDOL GOSSIP, pitched as Gossip Girl meets K-pop, in which the daughter of an American diplomat is recruited into a K-pop group after her family moves to Seoul, only to find her path to stardom threatened by an influential gossip blogger intent on bringing her down, to Susan van Metre at Walker US, in an exclusive submission, for publication in spring 2021, by Patricia Nelson at Marsal Lyon Literary Agency (world).

LOVE SUGAR MAGIC author Anna Meriano's THIS IS HOW WE FLY, in which an introverted teen girl joins a real-life muggle quidditch team in order to spend quality time with her best friend before they both go away to college, but growing family tensions, changing friendships, and an unexpected romance threaten to turn her last summer at home into a disastrous one, to Kelsey Murphy at Philomel, at auction, in a two-book deal, for publication in fall 2020, by Patricia Nelson at Marsal Lyon Literary Agency (world English).

Poet and performance artist Candice Iloh's EVERY BODY LOOKING, a debut novel-in-verse set during freshman year of college at an HBCU, in which a Nigerian-American teen must grapple with her family's expectations and her own childhood trauma when she begins taking dance classes that cause her to reimagine how she defines herself and what she wants from her future, to Andrew Karre at Dutton Children's, in a very nice deal, at auction, in a two-book deal, for publication in fall 2020, by Patricia Nelson at Marsal Lyon Literary Agency (world English).

Adult fiction:

USA Today bestselling author Charis Michaels's A DUCHESS A DAY, the first in the new Regency romance series Awakened by a Kiss, in which secondary characters from beloved fairytales including Snow White, Cinderella, and Peter Pan get their own happily ever afters, to Elle Keck at Avon, in a three-book deal, by Patricia Nelson at Marsal Lyon Literary Agency (world).

Author of DIGGING IN and ALL THE GOOD PARTS Loretta Nyhan's THE OTHER FAMILY, in which a woman hopes a 23andMe-style DNA test will shed light on what's causing her young daughter's debilitating autoimmune disorder, but instead the test reveals the existence of an aunt she never knew she had, who happens to be living in the next town over, to Jodi Warshaw at Lake Union Publishing, in a two-book deal, for publication in spring 2020, by Patricia Nelson at Marsal Lyon Literary Agency (world).

Kate Bateman's THIS EARL OF MINE, first in the Bow Street Bachelors series of Regency romances, in which a young heiress hatches a scheme to marry a condemned man in order to fend off fortune-hunting suitors, but the plan goes awry when she realizes the supposed convict she's wed is actually a roguish nobleman in disguise — who is very much alive, to Jennie Conway at St. Martin's, in a three-book deal, for publication in Fall 2019, by Patricia Nelson at Marsal Lyon Literary Agency (World).

SUB-AGENTS/ RIGHTS CONTACTS
Taryn Fagerness Agency (foreign rights)
www.tarynfagernessagency.com
SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS
Send a query letter, along with the first 10 pages pasted in the body of the email, to patricia@marsallyonliteraryagency.com. Please put QUERY in the subject line.
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