Recent News

  • Kristen Callihan's EVERNIGHT nominated for a 2015 RITA for Best Paranormal Romance.
  • Gail Carriger's PRUDENCE, the first book in her new Custard Protocol series, hits the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists.
  • Lisa Shearin's THE DRAGON CONSPIRACY debuts at #18 on the Barnes & Noble sf/f mass market bestseller list.
  • Gail Carriger's PRUDENCE is a 2015 Amazon Best Book of March Pick in both the Romance & SciFi/Fantasy categories.
  • Josh Malerman's BIRD BOX nominated for a 2015 Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a First Novel!
  • Sherry Thomas's MY BEAUTIFUL ENEMY is a Library Journal Best Book of 2014.
  • Gail Carriger's PRUDENCE is a 2015 March Library Reads Pick!
  • Josh Malerman's BIRD BOX named the 2014 Best Novel of The Year by (UK).
  • Jasinda Wilder's FALLING INTO YOU is a Goodreads Top 100 Romance Titles Pick.
  • Marie Lu's THE YOUNG ELITES is a YALSA 2015 Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults pick!
  • Josh Malerman's BIRD BOX is shortlisted for the inaugural 2015 James Herbert Award for horror writing (UK) .
  • Ally Carter's ALL FALL DOWN hits the New York Times bestseller list at #15!
  • EDDIE RED UNDERCOVER by Marcia Wells is a 2015 Edgar Nominee for Best Juvenile Fiction.
  • Ally Carter's ALL FALL DOWN is a winter 2014-2015 Kids' Indie Next List Pick!
  • Josh Malerman's BIRD BOX is named the 2015 Michigan Notable Book.

About NLA

All photos taken by Dan Jahn.

Kristin Nelson

President and Founding Literary Agent

Kristin Nelson is President and owner of Nelson Literary Agency, LLC. She founded her agency in 2002, right on the cusp of traditional publishing morphing to digital, and the following year became known as “that agent sporting some newfangled tablet PC thing” while visiting editors in New York. In 2004, her agency went completely paperless much to the astonishment of her fellow agents. She also started blogging in 2006 along with only four or five other intrepid agent early adopters, and Pub Rants is still active today. She is probably one of the first literary agents to hire a full-time software engineer as an employee to run NLA Digital for clients looking to digitally self-publish. NLA is always evolving to keep stride with changes in the industry, and because of that, Kristin is often a popular speaker at conferences such as Digital Book World.

Lori Bennett

Digital Liaison

Since 2006, Lori has independently developed technology solutions for Nelson Literary Agency. In her career as a software engineer, a great book to read was never far from hand. Lori joined NLA full time in 2011 and works from the Seattle office to guide the agency’s changing role in the digital age. Nelson Literary Agency’s “supported self-publishing” program, NLA Digital LLC, has helped authors publish over two hundred titles across multiple online retail venues such as All Romance, Amazon, Apple, Barnes & Noble, Google Play, Ingram and Kobo. NLA Digital also publishes on behalf of agency and guest authors to major library markets, including: 3M Cloud Library, BiblioBoard, and OverDrive.  In addition, NLA Digital develops print on demand works for both CreateSpace and Ingram/Lightning Source.

Angie Hodapp

Contracts and Royalties Manager

Angie Hodapp graduated from the University of Denver Publishing Institute in 2002 and earned an M.A. in English from Colorado State University in 2010. She has worked as an editorial assistant at Colorado Review, where she reviewed fiction and creative nonfiction submissions, and as a project manager for a publisher of resources for educators. After five years in magazine publishing, two of which were spent wearing the editor-in-chief hat, Angie is thrilled to be part of the staff at NLA as Contracts and Royalties Manager. She lives in Denver with her very fluffy Norwegian elkhound and a little black cat.

Karrie Leib

Office Manager & Asian Territory Rights Coordinator

Karrie Leib joined Nelson Literary Agency in 2014 as the office manager and foreign-rights coordinator for the Asian territories. She graduated from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law in 2006 and worked for several years in the legal, non-profit, and library fields.  Karrie is a lifelong bookworm, and her perfect day is spent riding her bicycle, drinking green tea, and having a quiet place to read.


Office Wonder Dog

Chutney is Kristin’s 13-pound rat terrier who doesn’t care much for books but loves coming to the office each day, basking in the sun, and joyously greeting the FedEx and UPS person when they come.

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