Recent News

  • Washington Post names the five best romance novels of 2014 and Kristen Callihan's EVERNIGHT is on the list.
  • Kirkus chooses Josh Malerman's BIRD BOX as a Best Fiction Book of 2014!
  • Marie Lu's THE YOUNG ELITES is an Amazon Best Book of 2014!
  • Malerman's BIRD BOX is a 2015 Texas Library Association Tayshas High School Reading List Pick!
  • WHAT A LADY DEMANDS by Ashlyn Macnamara nominated for Best Digital Historical Romance of 2014 at RT Book Reviews.
  • THE SAINT by Tiffany Reisz nominated for Best Erotica of 2014 at RT Book Reviews.
  • Marie Lu's debut fantasy novel THE YOUNG ELITES hits the New York Times Bestseller list and spends 4+ weeks there.
  • Malerman's BIRD BOX is a 2014 Best Horror Nominee for the Goodreads Choice Awards.
  • Hudson Booksellers chooses Malerman's BIRD BOX as a Best Book of 2014.
  • Two weeks after its debut, FALLS THE SHADOW by Stefanie Gaither, goes to its second printing.
  • Library Journal Names all three DEMONS OF ELYSIUM books by Jane Kindred (starting with PRINCE OF TRICKS) as Best Books of 2014 in e-original romance.
  • Romantic Times grants THE KING by Tiffany Reisz its Top Pick review calling it, "another great edition to an innovative series."
  • Marie Lu's THE YOUNG ELITES is an Amazon Best of the Month Pick!
  • Kristen Callihan's debut New Adult novel THE HOOK UP hits the USA Today Bestseller list!
  • Sara has been invited to present and take pitches at the inaugural Colorado Writing Workshops:

About NLA


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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.

Sara Megibow

Literary Agent

Much of Sara’s philosophy on agenting comes from living with a professional musician. What works for one band (or in this case, for one author) won’t necessarily work for another. So Sara works hard with her clients to craft strategy for an author based on what she or he wants out of a publishing career. We focus on platform, distribution and subsidiary rights and augment that with a healthy dose of communication. Then, we celebrate each and every success and try to enjoy this crazy beautiful adventure.

LGBTQ friendly!

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 nearly 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, Baker & Taylor, 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.

Chutney & Enli

Office Wonder Dogs

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. Enli is Angie’s Norwegian elkhound who enjoys eating cookies, rolling in the snow, eating cookies, napping on the floor under Angie’s desk, eating cookies, and barking at office visitors with Chutney.

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