Kristin Nelson

Nelson Literary Agency

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 two decades of my career, I’ve represented over fifty 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.

Submissions Open

Subject Focus

Fiction: Debut
Fiction: Horror
Fiction: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Fiction: Thriller
Fiction: General/Other Fiction
Fiction: Literary
Children’s: Young Adult Fiction



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