Kristin NelsonPresident and Founding Literary Agent

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 Nelson Literary Agency, LLC, in 2002 and over the last decade+ of my career, I’ve represented over forty 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 attempt to play tennis and golf. I also love playing Bridge (where I’m the youngest person in the club). On weekends my husband Brian and I can be found in the mountains hiking with our 15+ year old rat terrier, Chutney.

My client list is eclectic as I’m looking for a good story well told. How you tell that story doesn’t need to fit in a neat little category. For specifics, check out the books I represent and the more detailed info I give on the Submission Guidelines page. All queries are submitted via Query Manager.

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

See All of Agent Kristin’s New York Times Bestsellers

I Represent...

Paperback edition New York Times Bestseller

Josh Malerman - Bird Box

Bird Box Movie Tie In

Josh Malerman - Bird Box

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet New York Times Bestseller

Jamie Ford - Hotel

Wool New York Times Bestseller

Hugh Howey - The Silo Saga

Little Noises

Hugh Howey - Beacon 23 Series

Warcross New York Times Bestseller

Marie Lu - The Warcross Series

Batman: Nightwalker New York Times Bestseller

Marie Lu - DC Entertainment

Legend New York Times Bestseller

Marie Lu - The Legend Series

Rebel New York Times Bestseller

Marie Lu - The Legend Series

Not If I Save You First New York Times Bestseller

Ally Carter - Standalone

I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You New York Times Bestseller

Ally Carter - Gallagher Girls Series

Soulless New York Times Bestseller

Gail Carriger - The Parasol Protectorate Series

Etiquette & Espionage New York Times Bestseller

Gail Carriger - Finishing School Series (Young Adult)

Perfect Chemistry New York Times Bestseller

Simone Elkeles - Perfect Chemistry Series

Unlocked New York Times Bestseller

Courtney Milan - The "Un" Series


J.D. Barker - Standalones

The Fourth Monkey

J.D. Barker - Sam Porter Series


Scott Reintgen - Nyxia Triad

Long May She Reign

Rhiannon Thomas - Standalone

Dare Mighty Things

Heather Kaczynski - Dare Mighty Things

A Study In Scarlet Women USA Today Bestseller

Sherry Thomas - Lady Sherlock Mystery Series

The Luckiest Lady in London

Sherry Thomas - Historical Romance Stand Alones

Madame X

Jasinda Wilder - Madame X Series

Eddie Red Undercover: Mystery on Museum Mile

Marcia Wells - Eddie Red Undercover

Louisiana Longshot USA Today Bestseller

Jana DeLeon - Miss Fortune Mysteries

It Happened One Doomsday

Laurence MacNaughton - Apocalypse Scroll Series

Magic Lost, Trouble Found

Lisa Shearin - Raine Benares Series

The Grendel Affair

Lisa Shearin - The SPI Files

Sword of The Bright Lady

M.C. Planck - World of Prime Series

Enchanted, Inc.

Shanna Swendson - Enchanted, Inc.

Rebel Mechanics

Shanna Swendson - Rebel Mechanics

The Darkest Corner

Liliana Hart - Gravediggers

Upcoming Conferences

Bologna Children's Book Fair
Bologna, Italy
April 1-4, 2019
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Book Expo
New York, NY
May 29-31, 2019
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Kachemak Bay Writers Conference
Homer, Alaska
June 14-18, 2019
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Colorado Writing Workshop
Denver, CO
July 27, 2019
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