All photos taken by Dan Jahn.
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.
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 three 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.
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, as a project manager for a publisher of resources for educators, and as an editor in the magazine industry. She loves teaching classes of interest to writers—everything from writing craft and information design to query-letter boot camps and royalties-auditing workshops. She and her husband live in Denver with their two former shelter cats.
Literary Assistant & Office Manager
Karrie Leib joined Nelson Literary Agency in 2014 and is currently Kristin’s assistant as well as the indispensable office manager. 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.
Asian Rights Coordinator
James Persichetti earned a B.A. in English from Regis University in 2015. He studied linguistics and speaks several languages at varying degrees of proficiency. In the spring of 2014 he spent a semester abroad learning Japanese at Nagasaki University of Foreign Studies. At Regis he was Editor-in-Chief for the newsletter Honorable News and he worked as the submissions coordinator and design assistant with a small team of students to produce two student journals: Loophole, for creative work, and Thirty-Three 33: A Regis Review. After shadowing NLA while in college, he is eager to join the NLA team as the Asian Territory Rights Coordinator. An aspiring author, he spends his days writing, playing video games, acting on stage, or practicing Karate.
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.