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 forty-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 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.



  • 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 full of heart, magical worlds, girl power, boy adventure, #ownvoices, brains over brawn.
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Kristin’s Recent News

Courtney Milan’s The Duke Who Didn’t is named a 2020 New York Times Top 100 Notable Book.

Marie Lu’s Kingdom of Back & 9 other Best Books for Teens of 2020

Zak Penn’s television adaptation of Hugh Howey’s sci-fi novel Beacon 23 has received a series order via Spectrum Originals & AMC.

After an exclusive submission, Gallery Books’ Ed Schlesinger preempted Richard Chizmar’s novel Chasing the Boogeyman for six figures.

Marie Lu’s latest release SKYHUNTER hits the Young Adult Hardcover bestseller list.

Barker & Patterson’s The Coast-to-Coast Murders hits #3 on the Hardcover bestseller list and #2 on the combined bestseller list.

Barker & Patterson’s The Coast-to-Coast Murders is an instant USA Today Bestseller.

Warcross’ Television Series Based On Book by Marie Lu In The Works From Bruna Papandrea & John Cameron

2020 Finalist for One Book, One San Diego — E.R. Ramzipoor’s The Ventriloquists

Murder on Cold Street & 39 Other Books To Read This Fall

‘Half Way Home’ Based On Hugh Howey’s Book In Works For Television By Alex Kurtzman & CBS TV Studios

Marie Lu’s KINGDOM OF BACK debuts at #2

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Made Up Stories

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Boat Rocker & Untitled Entertainment

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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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Calamity Jane Productions