Nelson Literary Agency, LLC

Updated November 10, 2009

Nelson Literary Agency was founded in 2002 and is based in the chic/hip urban setting of lower Downtown Denver—otherwise known as Lodo. Embodying a modern philosophy that technology is meant to be used, the Nelson Agency is a living example that a powerhouse agency does not have to be located in New York.In such a short time, the Nelson Agency has sold more than 100 books, landed several film deals, and has contracted foreign rights on behalf of our clients in all the major territories, including Germany, France, Holland, Japan, and even Russia and Indonesia. Nelson Agency authors have become national bestsellers, RITA-award winners, and have appeared on bestseller lists such as The New York Times, USA Today, Barnes & Noble, The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, and The Denver Post.We are a hands-on agency that strongly believes in taking on clients for their whole career. We provide editorial and marketing guidance as well as aggressive expertise in contract negotiation.

Kristin Nelson worked for literary agent Jody Rein before establishing Nelson Literary Agency (NLA) in 2002. In such a short period of time, NLA has built a solid reputation as a full-service agency by aggressively pursuing print, film/TV, foreign, and subrights sales on behalf of our clients. Our goal is to sign, nurture, and build our authors for the duration of their careers.

Member: The Association of Authors’ Representatives (AAR), Romance Writers of America (RWA), Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA), and Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI).




We represent: Nelson Literary Agency represents fiction for adult, young adult and middle grade books. We work with literary and commercial fiction. For nonfiction, we are only interested in memoir.We are currently seeking:

  • Literary (with a commercial bent)
  • Commercial mainstream
  • Women’s fiction
  • Chick lit (all types including paranormal, mystery, young adult etc.)
  • Romance (all types for single title except inspirational)
  • Science Fiction
  • Fantasy
  • Young Adult
  • Middle Grade
  • Memoir

We do not represent:

We do not look at submissions for screenplays, short story collections, poetry, horror, mystery (unless chick lit), thriller, children’s picture books, any nonfiction except as listed above, or material for the Christian/Inspirational market.



Submission Guidelines

Both Kristin Nelson and Sara Megibow are accepting submissions for representation. Sara has a site at Publishers Marketplace with more details about her taste and style if you are interested. Both agents can be reached via this query email address.Please send us a one-page query letter by email to to gauge our level of interest. We do not accept snail mail queries. Also, we do not accept queries by phone or in person. If we are interested, we will send you a reply email with explicit directions on how to upload sample pages to our electronic submission database. We are an environmentally-friendly, paper-free office.Please put the word QUERY and the title of your project in the subject field of your email. We receive a lot of spam and following these simple directions will ensure that your query doesn’t get accidentally deleted. No email attachments please. Expect a quick response to queries (5 to 10 days). Occasionally, it may take longer.


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