Patricia Nelson joined Marsal Lyon Literary Agency in 2014. She represents adult, young adult, and middle grade fiction.
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 particularly interested in seeing diverse stories and characters, including LGBTQ, in all genres that she represents.
Patricia’s clients include young adult novelists Mary McCoy (Printz Honor award winner I, Claudia, Lerner/Carolrhoda Lab), Candice Iloh (Every Body Looking, Dutton Children’s/Penguin Random House; longlisted for the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature), Dahlia Adler (Cool for the Summer, forthcoming from Wednesday Books/Macmillan), Axie Oh (XOXO, forthcoming from Harper Teen), and Anna Meriano (This Is How We Fly, forthcoming from Philomel/Penguin Random House); middle grade novelists Kristi Wientge (Honeybees and Frenemies, Simon and Schuster Children’s), Hayley Chewins (The Turnaway Girls, Candlewick), Margaret Dilloway (Summer of a Thousand Pies, Balzer+Bray/HarperCollins), and Sandy Stark-McGinnis (Extraordinary Birds, Bloomsbury Children’s); bestselling women’s fiction author Loretta Nyhan (Digging In, Lake Union Publishing); and bestselling romance authors Sarina Bowen, Kate Bateman, and Charis Michaels, among others.
Patricia 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. Prior to becoming an agent, she spent four years teaching literature and writing at the college level. She is a member of SCBWI.
Follow Patricia on Twitter at @patricianels.