Patricia Nelson


Literary Agent at Marsal Lyon Literary Agency (@MarsalLyonLit), representing YA, MG, women's fic, romance & select literary fic. I'm looking for a mind at work.

San Diego, CA

Marsal Lyon Literary Agency

Patricia Nelson @patricianels · 1w

Twitter, I am obsessed with this Taylor Swift cover & I want some sort of girl gang YA novel w/ this vibe. Send me…

Patricia Nelson @patricianels · Oct 5

ICON: "She clocked in, wrote ‘I QUIT’ in cod, haddock, and tilapia filets in the seafood counter, and clocked out."


Patricia Nelson @patricianels · Sep 12

And always, in all genres I represent: marginalized and underrepresented voices, you are WANTED and WELCOMED in my query inbox. #mswl

Patricia Nelson @patricianels · Sep 12

Heartfelt, diverse middle grade. ALL OF IT. #mswl

Patricia Nelson @patricianels · Sep 12

@Kelly_J_Ford The weirdest YA or MG you have -- I love beautiful, literary writing paired with the strange, the eei…

Patricia Nelson @patricianels · Sep 12

LGBTQ YA/MG/adult fiction with a strong hook & a compelling, page-turning plot (like my client @Kelly_J_Ford 's COTTONMOUTHS!) #mswl

Patricia Nelson @patricianels · Sep 12

YA/MG/WF that has something true to say about friendship -- either friend break-ups OR true ride-or-die friends a la Emery Lord's bks. #mswl

Patricia Nelson @patricianels · Sep 12

Unapologetically feminist YA/MG w/ protagonists that care abt social justice & strive to make a difference in their communities/world. #mswl

Patricia Nelson @patricianels · Sep 12

Upmarket/literary fiction with speculative or magical realist elements. If you can comp to STATION ELEVEN, I want it. #mswl

Anything with an incredibly strong sense of place, esp (but not limited to) stories set in Michigan/the Midwest, California, or Texas. #mswl

Patricia Nelson @patricianels · Sep 12

Upmarket/literary fiction with speculative or magical realist elements. If you can comp to STATION ELEVEN, I want it. #mswl

Patricia Nelson @patricianels · Sep 5

Hey, Twitter: as of today, I've officially reopened to queries! Find my #mswl here: & here:

Patricia Nelson @patricianels · Aug 2

I love this essay about female friendships and Deborah Tannen's new book by @hayleykrischer

This is a great essay. (Also, stories involving friend breakups remain perpetually on my #mswl !)

Patricia Nelson @patricianels · Jun 8

It is my firm belief that a book can never been too feminist or too weird.

AGREE. #mswl

Patricia Nelson @patricianels · May 15

And last (perpetual #mswl ), send me LGBTQ bks w plots NOT centered on homophobia/coming out. Queer folks as protags of all kinds of stories!

Patricia Nelson @patricianels · May 15

I want historical WF w/ big story--maybe loosely based on an underdiscussed real person from history? Show me the past in a new light. #mswl

Patricia Nelson @patricianels · May 15

Still looking for the perfect magical realist MG to add to my list -- heartfelt and cozy, w/ magic woven into the real world. #mswl

Patricia Nelson @patricianels · May 15

I would love to see more #ownvoices YA SFF w/ intricate worldbuilding & brave heroines that take bold action to change their world. #mswl

Patricia Nelson @patricianels · May 15

I think this Monday morning is a great time for some #mswl tweets, yes? Here's what I'm dying to see turn up in my inbox right now:

Hungry for YA contemporary with a strong, jump-off-the-page voice & a fresh perspective that makes me cry or laugh out loud. Or both! #mswl

Patricia Nelson @patricianels · May 6

Agentopia Interview up at @YAtopia_blog with @patricianels !

Another new interview! @YAtopia_blog asked me some ?s re: my #mswl for YA (I got very specific) & why I Google auth…

Patricia Nelson @patricianels · Apr 4

Sleeping Beauty, but the villain's perspective, with queer Maleficent.

As someone with a deep love for the delightfully campy Angelina Jolie MALIFICENT movie: #mswl #mswl #mswl