NLA in the News

2017

Deals

  • SOLD!! Emily Easton at Crown has preempted for six figures, in an exclusive submission, Scott Reintgen's debut middle grade novel, When in Fancy. Indira Story finally gets the call to audition at Protagonist Preparatory, only to botch her audition and end up being designated as a side character. When a darker plot threatens the school, Indira must find out if a side character like her can really save the day. Publication is set for spring 2020; Kristin Nelson brokered the two-book deal for North American rights.
  • SOLD!! E.R. Ramzipoor’s THE VENTRILOQUISTS, set during WWII and inspired by true events, a literary debut that follows a ragtag gang of resistance fighters – including a misfit news editor, a forger, and a young boy -- who go to extraordinary lengths and risk their lives to publish a satiric newspaper mocking the Reich, all while pretending to work for the Nazis, celebrating freedom of expression and those who have the courage to defend their values and their very way of life, pitched as All The Light We Cannot See meets “Ocean’s Eleven,” to Erika Imranyi at Park Row Books, by Kristin Nelson.
  • Sold! Adrienne Procaccini at 47 North acquired Meghan Scott Molin's  awesome debut, THE DRAG NET, plus a second novel. Pitched as Kick Ass meets Castle the story follows a female comic book writer who teams up with the LAPD when someone in LA starts re-creating panels from her favorite comic using real-life crime scenes. Publication in Fall 2018.
  • Sold! Arianne Lewin at Putnam has acquired, at auction, the Aurelian Cycle trilogy by debut novelist Rosaria Munda. The first book in the series, titled The Dragonlord’s Son, was inspired by Plato’s Republic. Told from dual points of view, the story is pitched as Aegon Targaryen and Hermione Granger with dragons, set in the aftermath of a bloody revolution. Danielle Burby brokered the six-figure deal for North American rights.
  • Sold! Known in the writing community as Authoress through her blog Miss Snark's First Victim, Jillian Boehme's GATHERING STORM, inspired by Twelfth Night and pitched as the YA Daenerys Targaryen, in which a girl uses dragon magic to disguise herself as a boy to take her brother's place in war and pursue her dreams of becoming a master combat fighter, realizing the only way to save her country is to awaken the dragons of old, to Elayne Becker at Tor Teen, in a two-book deal, for publication summer 2019, by Danielle Burby.
  • Sold! Ausma Zehanat Khan's next novel, an investigation set around a mosque shooting in Quebec, featuring series detectives Esa Khattak and Rachel Getty who work in the heart of Canada's most vulnerable communities, to Catherine Richards at Minotaur, for publication in February 2019, by Danielle Burby.
  • SOLD!! As announced in Publishers Weekly, Berkley executive editor Kerry Donovan bought the fourth and fifth books in USA Today bestselling author Sherry Thomas’s Lady Sherlock series. The six-figure deal for North American rights was brokered by Kristin Nelson. The historical mysteries feature Charlotte Holmes, a young woman in Victorian England who solves cases under the alias of Sherlock Holmes. Publication for the recently signed books is scheduled for fall 2019 and fall 2020.
  • SOLD!! As announced in PW, Jillian Manning at Blink has bought New York Times and USA Today bestselling author CJ Lyons’ YA psychological thriller The Color of Lies. High school senior Ella Cleary has synesthesia—a condition that causes her to see a riot of colors with each interaction. But when she meets a boy she can’t read, she discovers he holds the secret behind her parents’ death. Publication is scheduled for Fall 2018; Kristin Nelson brokered the deal for North American rights
  • Via Deadline Hollywood, Jamie Ford’s bestselling debut novel Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet is being developed into a film. Producer Diane Quon announced that she has acquired the film rights with Joseph Craig of StemEnt as producer & George Takei as executive producer.
  • In a Deadline Hollywood exclusive: Paramount Pictures has acquired film/TV screen rights to DRACUL by Dacre Stoker & J.D. Barker--the first prequel authorized by the estate of Bram Stoker. The film will be developed as potential directing vehicle down the line for Andy Muschietti, reteamed with IT producers Barbara Muschietti and Roy Lee.
  • SOLD!! Via Publishers Weekly, in a six-figure North American rights agreement, Dacre Stoker and author J.D. Barker sold a Dracula prequel entitled DRACUL to Putnam after a five-house auction. DRACUL is about a 21-year-old Bram Stoker meeting the demonic being—“whom he traps in an ancient tower, all the while scribbling the events that led him there”—who will go on to become the subject of his iconic 1897 novel. Mark Tavani at Putnam acquired Dracul from Agent Kristin Nelson, which has also sold in the U.K. (to Transworld) and in France (to Michel Lafon). Dacre Stoker is the great-grandnephew of Bram Stoker.
  • SOLD!! As announced in Publishers Weekly: in a six-figure acquisition, David Levithan at Scholastic bought Ally Carter’s standalone YA debut, Not If I Save You First. Levithan took North American rights to the book from agent Kristin Nelson, who has an eponymous shingle; Nelson described the work as “a gender-swapped YA Romancing the Stone.” In the novel, a Secret Service agent’s daughter must travel into the wilds of Alaska to save the son of the president--but not if she kills him first. The book is set for a March 2018 release.
  • SOLD!! Author of The Salt House and University of Massachusetts MFA grad Lisa Duffy's THIS IS HOME, a multigenerational narrative exploring themes of the families you choose and the homes you create told in alternating perspectives between the pregnant wife of a war vet with PTSD who has gone missing, and a teen who is finding her place in the world, to Kaitlin Olson at Touchstone, for publication in Summer 2019, by Danielle Burby in her first deal with Nelson Literary Agency.
  • SOLD!! As announced in PW Children's Bookshelf, Emilia Rhodes at HarperTeen has bought at auction in a very nice deal The Girls of Cottonwood Hollow, a YA contemporary novel with a twist of magical realism from debut author Miranda Asebedo. After a tornado unearths the century-old diary of the dying woman who cursed the girls of a rural Kansas town with strange talents, brash mechanic Rome and her two best friends discover that the curse and the stories surrounding the town legend aren’t all true. Publication is planned for fall 2018; Kristin Nelson did the deal for North American rights.
  • FILM/TV rights to internationally bestselling author J.D. Barker’s debut thriller THE FOURTH MONKEY to CBS Films with Bill Todman, Marc Webb (The Amazing Spiderman) and Taylor Elmore (Justified, Limitless) attached.
  • SOLD!!! As announced in PW, Jen Besser at Putnam Children’s has acquired KINGDOM OF BACK, a new YA historical fantasy novel from NYT bestselling author Marie Lu. Lu based her story on the childhood of composer Mozart and his sister Nannerl. When a magical imp (in the form of a gorgeous teen boy) from the “imaginary” kingdom of Back offers to fulfill her secret wish to always be remembered, Nannerl unwittingly makes a terrible pact to solidify her place in history.  The book will be published in early 2019. Kristin Nelson brokered the six-figure North American deal.
  • SOLD!!! As announced in PW, in a six-figure deal, Kristin Nelson sold North American rights to two new books in Gail Carriger’s Custard Protocol series to Lindsey Hall of Orbit.  The series, which is set in the Victorian era, centers on a young woman named Prudence, who, with a cadre of friends, rides a dirigible around various parts of the British Empire, exploring its sordid and supernatural elements (the books feature werewolves and vampires). Orbit plans to publish the first book in this deal, the series’s third, sometime in 2018.
  • NYT bestseller Hugh Howey's MACHINE LEARNING: NEW AND COLLECTED STORIES, a short story collection including three stories set in the world of WOOL and two never-before-published tales, plus fifteen additional stories collected together for the first time, for publication in Fall 2017, and print rights to indie-published novel SAND, for publication in Spring 2017, to John Joseph Adams at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

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