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.
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 the careers they want for themselves–careers that include writing books that inspire the author, planning publicity that feels authentic to the author’s style, and fitting each author to the best possible publishing house. Sara believes the agent should be as communicative as possible about expectations, deadlines, submissions, subrights, contracts, promotions, opportunities, sales numbers, and more to allow artists to focus on their art and relax about their business. The 2013 Team Megibow mantra is Expect Victory! Celebrating each and every success is an essential part of making books and keeping authors happy.
Since 2006, Lori has independently developed technology solutions for Nelson Literary Agency. Even though she has spent her long and varied career as a software engineer, a great book to read was never far from hand. With a B.A. in Computer Science and a B.A. in English Language and Literature, Lori now enthusiastically works full time for NLA 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 Liaison Platform, has helped authors publish just shy of one hundred titles across multiple online retail venues, including publishing to the 3M Cloud Library and OverDrive library networks. We have also developed print on demand versions of selected works for both CreateSpace and Ingram Content Group.
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.
Submissions & Asian Territory Rights Coordinator
Rebecca Taylor joined Nelson Literary Agency in 2013 as the office manager and foreign-rights coordinator for the Asian territories. She received an Ed.S in School Psychology from the University of Northern Colorado and a B.A. in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Colorado Denver. Rebecca is an avid reader of many genres and also writes young adult fiction. She worked for several years as a school psychologist before entering the publishing industry and is thrilled to bring her love of education, books, and children (of all ages) to her work at NLA.
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.