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 14-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 Submission Guidelines page. Follow the clear directions posted there. Submit a query directly to:

You can 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

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

A Wicked Thing

Rhiannon Thomas - A Wicked Thing Series

Long May She Reign

Rhiannon Thomas - Standalone

Dare Mighty Things

Heather Kaczynski - Dare Mighty Things

A Study In Scarlet Women

Sherry Thomas - Lady Sherlock Mystery Series

The Luckiest Lady in London

Sherry Thomas - Historical Romance Stand Alones

Madame X

Jasinda Wilder - Madame X Series

Falling Into You New York Times Bestseller

Jasinda Wilder - The Falling Series

Eddie Red Undercover: Mystery on Museum Mile

Marcia Wells - Eddie Red Undercover

Louisiana Longshot USA Today Bestseller

Jana DeLeon - Miss Fortune Mysteries

Not Wicked Enough

Carolyn Jewel - The Wicked Series

Can't Buy Me Love

Maggie Marr - Eligible Billionaires

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

Dallas Fort Worth Writers Conference
Dallas, TX
June 9-10, 2018
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Lighthouse Writers Lit Fest
Denver, CO
June 2-3, 2018
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RWA National
Denver, CO
July 18-21, 2018
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Golden, CO
September 22-23, 2018
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