Kristin Nelson

My goal as an agent is simple: I want every client of mine to make a living solely from writing and 90% of my authors do without help from any other source of income. I established NLA in 2002 and over the last decade+ of my career, I’ve represented over fifty 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 enjoy tennis, pickle ball, and golf. I also love playing Bridge (where surprisingly I’m not the youngest person in the club). On weekends my husband Brian and I can be found hiking in the Mountains.

You can also read about my latest sales at Publishers Marketplace.

 

#MSWL

  • Literary/commercial novels that tackle timely issues and uncomfortable or complicated relationship dynamics and leave the reader grappling long after the last page is read (Little Fires Everywhere, Such a Fun Age)
  • High-concept, character-driven novels with one foot squarely in genre (Wool, Bird Box, Station 11)
  • Absolutely delightful and emotionally engaging novels that can be read over and over again because experiencing that world and those characters is a joy (Remarkably Bright CreaturesMajor Pettigrew’s Last Stand, Less, Crazy Rich Asians)
  • Character-driven novels in the thriller, speculative, or science fiction and fantasy realm that illuminate the world we live in through the lens of an imagined world (The Fifth Season, Ancillary Justice, Gone Girl)
  • Historical novels that feature a narrative voice and story that is under-represented in history or a story never before told (Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, The Downstairs Girl, The Ventriloquists)
  • Young-adult novels that pack a serious or a delightful emotional punch delivered in a contemporary setting, #ownvoices, or in a past, future, or imagined world
  • I am not currently looking at submissions for middle-grade novels.
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Kristin’s Recent News

As announced on CBS Mornings, Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt Is Amazon’s Best Book of the Year So Far for 2022.

Jen Besser and Kate Meltzer at Roaring Brook have acquired Stars and Smoke and its sequel, two YA novels by Marie Luin a 7-figure deal for North American rights.

Shelby Van Pelt’s debut Remarkably Bright Creatures is an instant New York Times Bestseller.

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Shelby Van Pelt’s debut Remarkably Bright Creatures lands on the USA Today Bestseller List.

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May’s Today Show Read With Jenna book club selection is Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt.

 

Mabel Hsu at HarperCollins has bought rights to The Boyfriend Wish by Swati Teerdhala, the author’s first YA romantic comedy.

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The Most Eagerly Anticipated Fiction by Women in 2022 – Remarkably Bright Creatures

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Richard Chizmar and Stephen King’s Gwendy’s Final Task lands on the USA Today Bestseller list at #21

Kristin’s Film/TV Options

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AppleTV

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Bound Entertainment

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Frederator Animation

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Boat Rocker & Untitled Entertainment

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Bound Entertainment

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Made Up Stories

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Quon Productions

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Tango Entertainment

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Picture Start

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Warner Bros.

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