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 · Mar 30

The problem w/ this Pence/meal thing is that it suggests that every interaction w/ a woman is potentially a sexual thing.

Thread. Also, I'd love to see more books where women &men are friends, just friends, w/o a romance subplot. Let's u…

Patricia Nelson @patricianels · Mar 22

Q and A with literary agent @patricianels ! @MMFinck

New interview: in which I talk to @WomenWriters about queries, first pages, genre categories, my #mswl , the agent-a…

Patricia Nelson @patricianels · Feb 8

Contemporary YA that #resists (in a non-didactic way), w/ chars who care abt politics, feminism, racial justice, immigrant rights, etc #mswl

Patricia Nelson @patricianels · Feb 8

Contemporary women's fiction with a big hook, propulsive plot & book club appeal (a la BIG LITTLE LIES) #mswl

Patricia Nelson @patricianels · Feb 8

Atmospheric YA with a vivid, specific sense of place, either contemp (a la AMERICAN GIRLS) or contemp fantasy (a la THE RAVEN BOYS) #mswl

Patricia Nelson @patricianels · Jan 16

Send your best and bravest work to my wonderful agent! #lgbtq and #ownvoices , you are welcome here!

Yes! This is very true!! I *always* want your #ownvoices and #lgbtq novels. #mswl

Patricia Nelson @patricianels · Nov 14 2016

Writers, especially ones from marginalized communities, send me your angriest stories. Ones about resistance and change and fighting back.

#mswl #mswl #mswl (!!!)

Patricia Nelson @patricianels · Oct 11 2016

Happy Ada Lovelace day! To celebrate the world's first computer programmer, read these books:…

Not only #tbr ... but also #mswl ! Still searching for the MG girl computer whiz book of my dreams (& girl-driven STE…

Patricia Nelson @patricianels · Oct 6 2016

*ahem* Read this thread. And also #MSWL re: reinvented, modern LGBT stories.

Great thread+co-signed always. I want to see stories abt queer chars where the conflict doesn't begin & end w/ homo…

Patricia Nelson @patricianels · Sep 13 2016

Happy #mswl day--I still want all the same things as always! Find my wishlist here: & here:

Patricia Nelson @patricianels · Aug 17 2016

YA that plays w/ structure/perspective/other aspects of storytelling in unique, outside-the-box, compelling (but non-gimmicky) ways. #MSWL

Yep, me too. Perpetual #mswl !

Patricia Nelson @patricianels · Jul 26 2016

U.S. Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad: 'I'm just your basic Hijabi Zorro'

#mswl !!! Someone base a YA or romance heroine on this awesome Muslim Olympic fencer & SEND TO MEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

Patricia Nelson @patricianels · Jul 15 2016

I want to see some WoC heroines in body positivity YA. Please. #RBWL


Patricia Nelson @patricianels · Jun 30 2016

my perennial #mswl : funny, sad, and emotionally true contemporary YA starring POC protagonists, written by #ownvoices

And (last one, I swear last one) I want this too!! #mswl

Patricia Nelson @patricianels · Jun 30 2016

SF/F where LGBTQ+ is and has always been seen as a natural part of the world. Worlds that don't reflect our current bias. #MSWL

And also this, but for YA. (Reminder that I don't rep adult SFF.) #mswl

Patricia Nelson @patricianels · Jun 30 2016

#MSWL #YA that deals w/ the racial/cultural/social implications of "passing" as white when the character identifies as otherwise

Yes, please. #mswl

Patricia Nelson @patricianels · Jun 30 2016

#mswl Contemporary romance set in cities besides NY or LA. What about Portland, Seattle, Austin, DC?

Patricia Nelson @patricianels · Jun 30 2016

#mswl Contemporary or historical romance where the heroine has an unusual job. Send me your female race car drivers, codebreakers, etc.

Patricia Nelson @patricianels · Jun 30 2016

#mswl Intricately plotted, page turning contemp women's fic w/ a unique storyline/hook + the suspense of Moriarty or the insight of Wolitzer