This weekend, we will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of Kristin Nelson’s literary agency. It’s remarkable what Kristin has accomplished in the last decade. The publishing industry has gone through unbelievable turmoil, and Kristin has managed to thrive by anticipating and embracing change rather than struggle against it. Her reputation amongst writers and her peers is unmatched.
When I wrote my very first manuscript, Kristin was one of the dozens of agents I queried. I’m pretty sure I have a form rejection email from her somewhere. Her name remained familiar enough from her blog and industry news, and so I couldn’t believe it when I received an email from her some three years later! She had sent it in the middle of the night after digging into Wool. Her getting in touch to offer representation was a huge turning point in my career. In a series of Skype sessions, she wore down my resistance to having an agent, and everything she promised she’d be able to do for me, she has done.
In my working with Kristin, I can see why her agency has been able to do well through tumultuous times. A wonderful staff, a love of books, and the flexibility and open mindedness that will foster good things in this industry. I’m looking forward to what she accomplishes in the next ten years. Congratulations, Kristin. And congrats to your awesome staff.