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Another Agency Milestone!

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STATUS: I’m having a terrific day with lots of good news!

What’s playing on the XM or iPod right now? GEORGIA ON MY MIND by Willie Nelson

Okay, I know you guys are probably getting sick of these announcements but I have to celebrate when milestones happen and what better way then to announce it on the blog.

This year has been an amazing one for Nelson Literary Agency and the New York Times List. We’ve had two authors debut for the first time on the list (and in the same month to boot!). Jamie Ford’s Hotel On The Corner Of Bitter And Sweet has literally been on the regular NYT list or the extended list for 6 months straight.

I mean, holy cow.

Then today marks a new milestone. Today I have 3 authors on the NYT list at the same time. This has got to stop as the bar is getting raised seriously too high. Still, I’m grinning.

And for those of you who wonder how the NYT list works, the bestseller list is announced the week before it hits publication so today I’m getting the news for the May 9 list.

Huge congrats to:

Simone Elkeles at #3 for a second week in a row.

And to Gail Carriger who is back on the extended list at #33 after having one week off. That’s three weeks on the list.

And to Jamie Ford who is on the extended list at #32 (although for the last two weeks we’ve been really close to breaking the top 20 titles (as you have to be #20 or above for regular list).

26 Responses

  1. Michael G-G said:

    Congratulations to you and to your writers. It shows what hard work and talent can produce. I hope you are breaking out the bubbly in Denver!

  2. Beth said:


    That cover for Rules of Attraction is extraordinary. If I can judge a book by its cover, well…

    Also, my copy of Changeless arrived a few days ago. I look forward to reading it soon.

  3. Natalie Aguirre said:

    Congrats. I’m not surprised since I like so many of your authors–Megan Crewe,Janice Hardy, Lisa Shearin, & Sarah Rees Brennan. You & Sarah have great instincts.

  4. Najela said:

    I just bought Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet a couple days ago. I can’t wait to read it. I love reading the acknowledgments and seeing the agent’s name. Congrats.

  5. Lydia Sharp said:

    This seriously made me teary-eyed. Not sure if I’ve ever mentioned it, Kristin, but some of my very favorite authors are your clients (including the three highlighted in this post). And they are all wonderful people, too, not just outstanding writers. Congrats to every one of you, and keep the good news coming!

  6. Lale said:

    Congratulations! 🙂 I’m especially excited for Changeless and Rules of Attraction because I’ve read the first installments in these series and amazon (and a jet setting mother) is due to deliver me the next ones sometime this week!

  7. Annette Lyon said:

    Another congrats to Jaimie–who won the Whitney for Best General Novel of 2009 over the weekend! (Not sure if he’s aware, so I thought I’d mention it.)

  8. Jeff Baird said:

    Congrads to you and your employees. Business milestones are a great source of pride. Also the authors, they must be flying! It struck me funny that no one said anything about Simone’s video and any impact at #3 to her success. Any statistics on that Great Video she did a few months back and how it might have helped the book? Just wondering, it was a real eye opener for me! I think we had tons of comments on the Blog too!