Get to Know an Agent Scout in Attendance: Angie Hodapp of Nelson Literary

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Angie Hodapp is the Contracts and Royalties Manager for Nelson Literary. She is attending the conference on behalf of her agency as a talent scout for co-agents Kristin Nelson, Danielle Burby, Joanna MacKenzie, and Quressa Robinson.

She wants to hear pitches for her co-agents and their categories:

For co-agent Kristin Nelson, Angie wants to meet writers with:

  • Voice and character driven stories well told. How you tell that story doesn’t have to fit into a neat little category.
  • Young adult & middle grade (all genres, #ownvoices, #WNDB, STEM girls are her jam & characters who use brains over brawn.)
  • Big crossover novels w/ one foot squarely in genre (Wool, Station 11, Lexicon, Ready Player One)
  • Literary commercial novels (Hotel on the Corner of Bitter & Sweet, Where’d You Go Bernadette?, A Man Called Ove)
  • Voice-driven upmarket women’s fiction
  • Select passion projects in thrillers, science fiction, fantasy, single-title romance

For co-agent Danielle Burby, Angie wants to meet writers with:

  • Middle grade and young adult (all genres)
  • Select passion projects in adult mysteries, thrillers, and women’s fiction
  • Likes: A strong, distinctive voice; complex female characters; quirky adventures; #ownvoices and diverse characters; complicated family dynamics; romantic plotlines that are an element of the narrative but don’t dominate it; seaside novels; social justice themes; girls with swords

For co-agent Joanna Mackenzie, Angie wants to meet writers with:

  • Character-driven and atmospheric mysteries and thrillers – think Tana Fench, Blake Crouch and Heather Gudenkauf
  • Literary fiction – fish out of water experiences, immigrant stories, complex families – I cried my way through The Namesake and couldn’t put down The Round House)
    Upmarket women’s fiction featuring characters I can’t stop thinking about
  • Literary and commercial young-adult fiction – I’ll Give You The Sun and Bone Gap and anything that reminds me of “Veronica Mars”

For co-agent Quressa Robinson, Angie wants to meet writers with:

  • Modern-day blue stockings, POC fangirls/fanboys, #blackgirlmagic, #carefreeblackgirls, #blackboyjoy, LGBTQ+, neuroatypical/neurodivergent, and disabled POCs as leads
  • Young adult (contemporary, SF/F, historical)
  • Adult science fiction and fantasy with strong genre-bending/crossover appeal. (Think the All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness, The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, and The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker. I’m also a fan of Anne Bishop and Naomi Novik.)
  • Romance (all genres except romantic suspense), especially by marginalized writers
  • Literary fiction that is thoughtful, evocative, page-turning (The Mothers, Behold the Dreamers, Tell The Wolves I’m Home, Station 11)
  • Upmarket and commercial fiction
  • Passion projects in narrative nonfiction with a strong literary voice and commercial appeal (Wild by Cheryl Strayed, Hillbilly Elegy by JD Vance, Black Man in a White Coat by Damon Tweedy, When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi). Would love to see non-whitewashed cowboy stories; pop science by women, specifically women of color; and literary, voice-driven memoir with commercial appeal.
  • #ownvoices and marginalized authors in all genres mentioned above. Inclusive narratives in all genres.

Nelson Agency does not represent:

  • Nonfiction (except Quressa, who considers select passion projects in narrative nonfiction and memoir—see above—but does not represent abuse narratives or political works)
  • Screenplays
  • Short-story collections
  • Poetry
  • Material for the Christian/Inspirational market
  • Children’s picture books
  • Early-reader chapter books

Angie Hodapp graduated from the University of Denver Publishing Institute in 2002 and earned an M.A. in English from Colorado State University in 2010. She has worked as an editorial assistant at Colorado Review, as a project manager for a publisher of resources for educators, and as an editor in the magazine industry. She loves teaching classes of interest to writers—everything from writing craft and information design to query-letter boot camps and royalties-auditing workshops. She and her husband live in Denver with their two former shelter cats.

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