Kristin NelsonPresident and Founding Literary Agent

Being an avid reader practically since birth, I’m equally happy reading a Pulitzer prize-winning literary novel for my book club as I am reading a sexy historical-romance. I established Nelson Literary Agency, LLC, in 2002 and over the last decade+ of my career, I’ve represented over thirty-five New York Times bestselling titles and many USA Today bestsellers. Although I’m a very nice Midwesterner, I’ve heard through the grapevine that editors call me “a hard-working bulldog agent that will fight for you.” What a compliment!

When not busy selling books, I’m quite sporty. I attempt to play tennis and golf. I also love playing Bridge (where I’m the youngest person in the club). On weekends my husband Brian and I can be found in the mountains hiking with our 12-year old rat terrier, Chutney.

I’m looking for a good story well told. How you tell that story doesn’t need to fit in a neat little category. For specifics, check out the examples on the Submission Guidelines page, follow the clear directions posted there, then submit a query directly to:

You can read about my latest sales at Publishers Marketplace.

I Represent...

Wool New York Times Bestseller

Hugh Howey - The Silo Saga

Dust New York Times Bestseller

Hugh Howey - The Silo Saga

Little Noises

Hugh Howey - Beacon 23 Series

Legend New York Times Bestseller

Marie Lu - The Legend Series

The Young Elites New York Times Bestseller

Marie Lu - The Young Elites Series

All Fall Down New York Times Bestseller

Ally Carter - Embassy Row Series

I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You New York Times Bestseller

Ally Carter - Gallagher Girls Series

Heist Society New York Times Bestseller

Ally Carter - Heist Series

Soulless New York Times Bestseller

Gail Carriger - The Parasol Protectorate Series

Etiquette & Espionage New York Times Bestseller

Gail Carriger - Finishing School Series (Young Adult)

Soulless Manga - Volume 1 New York Times Bestseller

Gail Carriger - Manga

Perfect Chemistry New York Times Bestseller

Simone Elkeles - Perfect Chemistry Series

Better Than Perfect

Simone Elkeles - Wild Cards Series

Return to Paradise New York Times Bestseller

Simone Elkeles - How to Ruin & Paradise Series

Madame X

Jasinda Wilder - Madame X Series

Falling Into You New York Times Bestseller

Jasinda Wilder - The Falling Series

Stripped USA Today Bestseller

Jasinda Wilder - New Adult Stand Alones

Unlocked New York Times Bestseller

Courtney Milan - The "Un" Series


Courtney Milan - The "Un" Series

The Heiress Effect

Courtney Milan - The Brothers Sinister Series


Marianne Mancusi - Scorched Series

Bad Blood

Marianne Mancusi - Blood Coven Vampire Series

The Burning Sky

Sherry Thomas - The Burning Sky Trilogy

Beguiling the Beauty

Sherry Thomas - The Fitzhugh Trilogy

The Luckiest Lady in London

Sherry Thomas - Historical Romance Stand Alones

Eddie Red Undercover: Mystery on Museum Mile

Marcia Wells - Eddie Red Undercover

Trouble in Mudbug New York Times Bestseller

Jana DeLeon - Ghost-in-Law

Louisiana Longshot

Jana DeLeon - Miss Fortune Mysteries


Paula Reed - Literary Commercial Fiction

That Kind of Woman

Paula Reed - Historical Romance


Kristen Callihan - The Darkest London Series

Not Wicked Enough

Carolyn Jewel - The Wicked Series

My Wicked Enemy

Carolyn Jewel - Paranormal Series

Midnight Scandals

Carolyn Jewel - Anthologies

Can't Buy Me Love

Maggie Marr - Eligible Billionaires

Hollywood Girls Club

Maggie Marr - Hollywood Girls Club

Magic Lost, Trouble Found

Lisa Shearin - Raine Benares Series

The Grendel Affair

Lisa Shearin - The SPI Files

The Dragon Conspiracy

Lisa Shearin - The SPI Files

Sword of The Bright Lady

M.C. Planck - World of Prime Series

Enchanted, Inc.

Shanna Swendson - Enchanted, Inc.

Rebel Mechanics

Shanna Swendson - Rebel Mechanics

Upcoming Conferences

  • Digital Book World
    New York, NY
    March 7-9, 2016
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  • YAll West
    Santa Monica, CA
    April 30-May 1, 2016
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  • National League of PEN Women
    Honolulu Writers’ Conference
    Hawaii – April 22-24, 2016
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  • Lighthouse Writers LitFest
    Denver, CO
    June 15-16, 2016
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  • Film & Literature Convention
    Spokane, WA
    September 8-10, 2016


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