Patricia Nelson

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 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), Axie Oh (Rebel Seoul, Tu Books), Anna Meriano (Brooms Up, forthcoming from Philomel/Penguin Random House), and Candice Iloh (Ada, forthcoming from Dutton Children’s/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 USA Today bestselling romance authors Sarina Bowen 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. She is a member of SCBWI.

Patricia loves to travel, and will attend the following conferences in 2019:

* San Francisco Writers Conference, February 14-17 (San Francisco, CA)
* RWA California Dreamin’ Conference, April 5-7 (Orange County, CA)
*San Diego Writer’s Festival, April 13 (San Diego, CA)
*Storymakers Conference, May 9-11 (Provo, UT)
*RWA Emerald City Writers’ Conference, October 18-20 (Seattle, WA)
* Loft Literary Center’s Wordsmith Conference, November 1-3 (Minneapolis, MN)

Follow Patricia on Twitter at @patricianels.