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 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, uncomfortable and complicated relationship dynamics, and leaves the reader grappling long after the last page is read (Little Fires EverywhereSuch A Fun Age)
  • High concept, character-driven novels with one foot squarely in genre (ie. WoolBird BoxStation 11)
  • Absolutely delightful and emotional engaging novels that can be read over and over again because it’s a joy to experience that world and those characters (Major Pettigrew’s Last StandLess, Crazy Rich Asians, The Kiss Quotient)
  • 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 SeasonAncillary Justice)
  • 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 SweetThe Downstairs GirlThe 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.
  • Middle grade novels – not currently looking at new submissions.
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Kristin’s Recent News

Rashida Jones and David Oyelowo are the latest big names to join Wool, the series adaptation of Hugh Howey’s dystopian novels for Apple TV+.

Stephan James to star opposite Lena Headey in Hugh Howey‘s Beacon 23 for Spectrum/AMC.

Richard Chizmar’s debut Chasing The Boogeyman is an instant New York Times Bestseller.

USA Today

Richard Chizmar’s debut Chasing The Boogeyman lands on the USA Today Bestseller list at #35.

Reese's Book Club

Reese Witherspoon picks Stacey Lee’s The Downstairs Girl as her 2021 late summer YA book club pick. 

Josh Malerman‘s One Last Transformation is the 2020 Stoker Award Winner for Superior Achievement in Short Fiction.

Anna Parsons at Aladdin has acquired North American rights to The Problem with Prophecies and a second book in the series by Scott Reintgen.

Variety

Rebecca Ferguson will star in a series adaptation of Hugh Howey’s Wool which has been ordered to series at Apple.

Jamie Levine at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt acquired North American rights to Across the Sand, the first full-length novel in five years by Hugh Howey.

Variety

Bound Entertainment is collaborating with Stacey Lee to develop a TV series adaptation of the young adult author’s coming-of-age novel, The Downstairs Girl

Stacey Lee’s The Downstairs Girl hits #6 on the NYT young adult paperback list for the first time.

Celia Lee at Orchard has bought world rights, in an exclusive submission, to the picture book The Little Old Lady Who Ate Leftovers by Melissa de la Cruz and illustrated by Primo Gallanosa.

Kristin’s Film/TV Options

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Netflix

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Apple

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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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