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Nappaland Literary Agency (NLA) is a boutique author representation company located in Colorado. Publishing industry veteran, Mike Nappa, serves as the Chief Agent for this company.

What We Do at NLA

This agency is a division of Nappaland Communications Inc., a small media company started back in 1995, and is committed to developing authors whose writing meet the following standards:

• Authentic.

Here at Nappaland Literary, we are uninterested in writing that is not real. …


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Thanks for your interest in Nappaland Literary.

Please be aware that NLA is not a “general interest” agency. We’ve targeted a few, specific book categories to represent. If you send us anything that’s not in these categories, well, that’s like delivering auto parts to a guy who ordered pizza. It just wastes everybody’s time.

What We Represent (in alphabetical order):

  • Family/ Parenting
  • Historical Nonfiction
  • Literary Fiction
  • Pop Culture
  • Religious Inspiration
  • Suspense Fiction
  • Women’s Nonfiction
  • Young Adult (fiction and nonfiction)

What we Definitely Do NOT Represent (so please don’t send them to us)

  • Children’s books
  • Memoirs
  • Graphic novels
  • Romance
  • Anything about cats.

To send a query about a proposal, please use the Contact NLA page on this site.


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Nappaland Literary Agency is pleased to offer the following services:

  • Author representation
  • Classroom instruction on writing topics and the business of publishing.
  • Contract editorial (for publishers only)
  • Manuscript critique (for publishers or literary agencies only)
  • Creative consultation (for publishers or literary agencies only)
  • Book contract advisement (for authors or publishers)
  • Works-for-Hire manuscripts (for publishers or packagers only)

To send a query regarding any of these services, please use our Contact NLA page.

NLA does NOT offer the following services:

  • Book doctoring
  • Business or legal advice
  • Editorial contacts
  • Ghostwriting
  • “How-to” advice
  • Manuscript critiques
  • Mentoring
  • Referrals.

Queries with these requests will largely go unanswered. Thank you for understanding.


Mike Nappa | Nappaland Literary Agency
Mike Nappa | Nappaland Literary Agency

“Mike Nappa is an old friend and a very talented writer. I recommend him highly.”
— Scott Derrickson
Director of Marvel Studios Dr. Strange

“Mike Nappa’s Annabel Lee is a fast-paced thriller … From the first chapter on, I found it impossible to put down.”
— Lois Duncan
New York Times bestselling author of I Know What You Did Last Summer

Mike Nappa is the infuriating guy who wrote the annoying publishing manual, 77 Reasons Why Your Book Was Rejected [And How to Be Sure It Won’t Happen Again]. …


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Dear Publicist / Press Agent,

Thanks for your interest in Nappaland Literary agency and our awesome group of authors.

  • If you’re looking for an expert to discuss writing and/or publishing for your audience, we can help. Use the Contact NLA form on this website to send a query, and we’ll follow up from there.
  • If you’d like to know more about the history of Nappaland Literary Agency, please check The NLA Story section of this website.
  • For full career highlights on Mike Nappa (including awards, bestsellers, and other notable achievements), please see the About Mike Nappa page on this website.

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Nappaland Literary Agency

Nappaland Literary Agency began informally in 1995, as a side business of Nappaland Communications Inc. That was when author and editor, Mike Nappa, realized that a few, very talented writers needed an agent in order get access to publishing opportunities. Fast-forward a few decades later, and Nappaland Literary has helped connect dozens of authors with traditional book publishing partners to bring quality work into the marketplace.

Over the years Mike Nappa has deliberately resisted using the success of Nappaland Literary to expand the author roster beyond a manageable size, preferring instead a boutique approach that limits the company to no…


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Nappaland Literary has been active in the publishing industry since 1995, and has inked contracts for its authors with many book publishers and imprints, including:

  • Aspire
  • Augsburg Books
  • B&H Publishing Group
  • Baker Publishing Group
  • Barbour Publishing
  • Bean Sprouts
  • Chariot/Victor
  • David C. Cook
  • Fleming H. Revell
  • Frontline
  • Good Book Co., The
  • Group Publishing
  • HarperCollins
  • Hendrickson-Rose
  • Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Howard Books
  • InterVarsity Press
  • NavPress
  • Promise Press
  • Random House
  • RiverOak Publishing
  • Simon and Schuster
  • Sourcebooks
  • Standard Publishing
  • Strang Book Group
  • Thomas Nelson Publishers
  • Tyndale House Publishers
  • WaterBrook Press
  • Zondervan

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Q: Do I really need an agent to publish books?

A: Our opinion after a few decades in the publishing business? Yes, you need an agent. Sorry about that. You ought to be able to approach any publisher directly with your book ideas and proposals, but that’s just not the way publishing works in the 21st century.

An agent’s primary job is to build relationships with the decision-makers at the different publishing houses. That relationship-building allows him or her to approach a publisher for you, knowing that your work will at least be considered for publication. …


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Want to send a note to somebody at Nappaland Literary Agency? There’s good news and bad news:

First, the good news: Yes, you can send us a note. In fact, we’ll likely be happy to hear from you.

And the bad news: Because not everyone is as considerate as you are, we had to disable our general contact email. There was just so … much … spam. And way too many people who were maniacally angry at us for declining to represent their work. So, you know, we finally decided not to subject ourselves to that anymore.

What that means…

Nappaland Literary Agency

Nappaland Literary Agency is an independent creative group dedicated to publishing books that are: Authentic. Relevant. Eternal.

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