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

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.

Syfy Wire

In an announcement that would make Alexia Tarabotti swoon, Frederator Studios (Castlevania) is adapting Gail Carriger’s popular Parasol Protectorate books for animated series.

The Bird Box universe is expanding with a Spanish-language spinoff. Production to start by end of year.

In a significant deal, NYT bestselling authors Stephen King and Richard Chizmar‘s Gwendy’s Final Task, the last installment of the trilogy, to Ed Schlesinger at Gallery.

Stephanie Lurie at Rick Riordan Presents has acquired in a six figure dealWinston Chu Versus the Whimsies by award-winning author Stacey Lee.

In a high-six-figure deal, Ecco’s Helen Atsma won North American rights at auction to Shelby Van Pelt’s Remarkably Bright Creatures.

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

Parents.com

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.

Kristin’s Film/TV Options

Optioned to:
Netflix

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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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Calamity Jane Productions