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.

 

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

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

SOLD! Book Three in Scott Reintgen’s Middle Grade Talespinners Series

SOLD! Books 6 & 7 in Sherry’s Thomas’s award-winning Lady Sherlock Series

“In her middle grade debut, Carter offers up mystery, intrigue, and swashbuckling action in a rollicking story of long-lost secrets and found family.”

Kristin’s Film/TV Options

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Boat Rocker and 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