Patricia Nelson joined Marsal Lyon Literary Agency in 2014. She represents adult, young adult, and middle grade fiction, and is actively building her list.
In general, Patricia looks for stories that hook her with a unique plot, fantastic writing and complex characters that jump off the page. On the children’s side, Patricia is open to a wide range of genres of YA and MG, with particular interest in contemporary/realistic, magical realism, mystery, science fiction and fantasy. On the adult side, she is seeking women’s fiction both upmarket and commercial, historical fiction set in the 20th century, and compelling plot-driven literary fiction. She’s also looking for sexy, smart adult contemporary and historical single title romance. She is interested in seeing diverse stories and characters, including LGBTQ, in all genres that she represents.
Patricia’s clients include RITA Award-winning and USA Today bestselling romance author Sarina Bowen (Rookie Move, Berkley/Penguin); bestselling women’s fiction author Loretta Nyhan (Digging In, Lake Union Publishing); young adult novelists Axie Oh (Rebel Seoul, Tu Books) and Mary McCoy (Camp So-and-So, Lerner/Carolrhoda Lab); and middle grade novelists Kristi Wientge (Karma Khullar’s Mustache, Simon and Schuster Children’s), Hayley Chewins (The Turnaway Girls, Candlewick), Margaret Dilloway (Summer of a Thousand Pies, forthcoming from Balzer+Bray/HarperCollins), and Sandy Stark-McGinnis (Extraordinary Birds, forthcoming from Bloomsbury Children’s), among others.
Patricia is a member of SCBWI and RWA, and also teaches in the Children’s Book Writing certificate program at the University of California-San Diego. She holds a master’s degree in English Literature from the University of Southern California and a master’s degree in Gender Studies from the University of Texas at Austin.
Patricia loves to travel, and will attend the following conferences in 2018:
- San Francisco Writers Conference, February 15-18 (San Francisco, CA)
- Northern Colorado Writers Conference, May 4-5 (Fort Collins, CO)
- Dallas-Fort Worth Writers Conference, June 9-10 (Dallas, TX)
- Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers Conference, September 7-9 (Denver, CO)
- SCBWI New Mexico Handsprings Conference, October 26-27 (Albuquerque, NM)
Follow Patricia on Twitter at @patricianels.