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Recent News

  • Kristen Simmons answer the question "Who Will Live on the Island of Trash?" on WNYC's The Takeaway.
  • SOLD!! As announced in Publishers Weekly, Berkley executive editor Kerry Donovan bought the fourth and fifth books in USA Today bestselling author Sherry Thomas’s Lady Sherlock series. The six-figure deal for North American rights was brokered by Kristin Nelson. The historical mysteries feature Charlotte Holmes, a young woman in Victorian England who solves cases under the alias of Sherlock Holmes. Publication for the recently signed books is scheduled for fall 2019 and fall 2020.
  • Congratulations to Shana Galen! Her THIRD SON'S A CHARM received a starred review from Kirkus!
  • Crazy exciting. Six years after publication, Kristina Riggle's THINGS WE DIDN'T SAY hits the USA Today Bestseller List. Throwing Confetti Kristina!
  • Happy Week! Both Marie Lu's WARCROSS and Scott Reintgen's NYXIA landed on the Indie Bestseller List.
  • Happy day! Marie Lu's WARCROSS debuts at #2 on the New York Times Bestseller list.
  • Throwing confetti! Stacey Lee's OUTRUN THE MOON wins the prestigious  2017 PEN Center USA Literary Young Adult Award
  • SOLD!! As announced in PW, Jillian Manning at Blink has bought New York Times and USA Today bestselling author CJ Lyons’ YA psychological thriller The Color of Lies. High school senior Ella Cleary 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. Publication is scheduled for Fall 2018; Kristin Nelson brokered the deal for North American rights
  • Congrats to Josh Malerman on a Starred review in Publishers Weekly for GOBLIN: “Fans of creepy, eerie, and genuinely unsettling horror will devour (or be devoured by) this set of vignettes about the aptly named town of Goblin, Michigan."
  • Via Deadline Hollywood, Jamie Ford’s bestselling debut novel Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet is being developed into a film. Producer Diane Quon announced that she has acquired the film rights with Joseph Craig of StemEnt as producer & George Takei as executive producer.
  • In a Deadline Hollywood exclusive: Paramount Pictures has acquired film/TV screen rights to DRACUL by Dacre Stoker & J.D. Barker--the first prequel authorized by the estate of Bram Stoker. The film will be developed as potential directing vehicle down the line for Andy Muschietti, reteamed with IT producers Barbara Muschietti and Roy Lee.
  • SOLD!! Via Publishers Weekly, in a six-figure North American rights agreement, Dacre Stoker and author J.D. Barker sold a Dracula prequel entitled DRACUL to Putnam after a five-house auction. DRACUL is about a 21-year-old Bram Stoker meeting the demonic being—“whom he traps in an ancient tower, all the while scribbling the events that led him there”—who will go on to become the subject of his iconic 1897 novel. Mark Tavani at Putnam acquired Dracul from Agent Kristin Nelson, which has also sold in the U.K. (to Transworld) and in France (to Michel Lafon). Dacre Stoker is the great-grandnephew of Bram Stoker.
  • Congrats to Marie Lu as Amazon has picked WARCROSS to be on the 2017 Fall Reading List as well as Best Book of the Month for September.
  • Today is the day for the Love and Other Carnivorous Plants cover reveal! It includes a Q&A with the designer and a description of the book that will have you wishing it was already May 15th. Congratulations, Florence Gonsalves!
  • Congratulations to Lisa Duffy! Her debut novel, The Salt House, is a Washington Book Review editor's pick
  • Lisa Duffy's debut novel, The Salt House, was chosen as the SheReads.org August book club pick.  
  • SOLD!! As announced in Publishers Weekly: in a six-figure acquisition, David Levithan at Scholastic bought Ally Carter’s standalone YA debut, Not If I Save You First. Levithan took North American rights to the book from agent Kristin Nelson, who has an eponymous shingle; Nelson described the work as “a gender-swapped YA Romancing the Stone.” In the novel, a Secret Service agent’s daughter must travel into the wilds of Alaska to save the son of the president--but not if she kills him first. The book is set for a March 2018 release.
  • Huge congrats to Stacey Lee! Her sophomore novel OUTRUN THE MOON is a 2017 Pen Literary Award Finalist.
  • As announced in Hollywood Reporter, Sandra Bullock is set to star in Netflix's post-apocalyptic thriller of Josh Malerman's Bird Box. Danish helmer Susanne Bier will direct from a screenplay written by Eric Heisserer (Arrival). Production begins in September 2017.
  • Huge congrats to Sherry Thomas on hitting the USA Today Bestseller list at #86 for her debut mystery in the Lady Sherlock Series: A STUDY IN SCARLET WOMEN.
  • 7/20/2017 Hollywood Reporter breaks news: Hugh Howey's SAND adaptation is in the works at SyFy from Universal Cable. Gary Whitta (Rogue One) will pen the adaptation, and Marc Forster (World War Z) will direct the pilot.
  • Huge congrats! J.D. Barker's THE FOURTH MONKEY is named an iBooks Summer Most Anticipated Read.
  • SOLD!! Author of The Salt House and University of Massachusetts MFA grad Lisa Duffy's THIS IS HOME, a multigenerational narrative exploring themes of the families you choose and the homes you create told in alternating perspectives between the pregnant wife of a war vet with PTSD who has gone missing, and a teen who is finding her place in the world, to Kaitlin Olson at Touchstone, for publication in Summer 2019, by Danielle Burby in her first deal with Nelson Literary Agency.
  • SOLD!! As announced in PW Children's Bookshelf, Emilia Rhodes at HarperTeen has bought at auction in a very nice deal The Girls of Cottonwood Hollow, a YA contemporary novel with a twist of magical realism from debut author Miranda Asebedo. After a tornado unearths the century-old diary of the dying woman who cursed the girls of a rural Kansas town with strange talents, brash mechanic Rome and her two best friends discover that the curse and the stories surrounding the town legend aren’t all true. Publication is planned for fall 2018; Kristin Nelson did the deal for North American rights.
  • Berkley Romance reveals hot cover for Sierra Kincade's FORBIDDEN.
  • Children's Bookshelf broke the news of Joanna's first deal since joining NLA  - Kristen Simmons's new trilogy, beginning with THE PRICE OF ADMISSION, has been signed by Tor Teen in a six-figure deal for publication in Fall 2018.
  • A massive congratulations to Nadine Nettmann on her Anthony Award nomination! This is her third Best First Novel award nomination for DECANTING A MURDER.
  • Exclusive cover reveal for PACIFICA by Kristen Simmons at YA Books Central!
  • Huge congrats to Shanna Swendson, Marcia Wells, and Stacey Lee for being 2017-2018 Oregon Battle of the Books Reading List Selections for REBEL MECHANICS, EDDIE RED UNDERCOVER: MYSTERY ON MUSEUM MILE, and OUTRUN THE MOON respectively. Way to go Ladies!
  • Cosmopolitan Magazine picks THE GLASS ARROW by Kristen Simmons for 12 Dystopian Books You Should Read if You Like The Handmaid's Tale

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