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 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 does of communication. Then, we celebrate each and every success and try to enjoy this crazy beautiful adventure.
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 one 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 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.
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.
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.