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 · 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

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

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

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

*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

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

Patricia Nelson @patricianels · Aug 17

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 !