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Targeted Directory of literary agents and editors of commercial fiction


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Welcome to my personal list of literary agents and publishers / editors acquiring commercial fiction. The list helped me find a literary agent who robbed me, and an editor who published me. All information came from open sources: Google, blogs, testimonials, industry publications, etc.

The list is not maintained, and I am keeping it for historical records only. These lists are no longer necessary. It is now exceedingly easy to find any number of publishing contacts in no time. They are at your fingertips. Use the data provided here as a starting point. Most of the people listed on these pages are in business. Some started their own companies, others merged, moved, or changed genres of interest, etc. Follow them, and they will lead you to a wealth of new contacts. Figuring out the contact information is the easiest part. Simply use company formula to decipher email addresses.

A few words of advice, if I may. Ask yourself: Why do you write? Do you simply want to see your name on a book cover, in a bookshop? In this case your best bet is to follow the flavor of the month. Search out the current MSWL, and toss off a novel in a few weeks. They'll snatch it and ask for more. I know it can be done. I wrote a novel in 35 days, and I have writing friends who release new novels monthly.

If you aspire to write something longer lasting: Do not be trigger-happy. Finish, and edit your manuscript. Pass it around to your beta readers, local book club / groups, etc. Edit again. Put it away for 6 months. Read it. If it still holds - query.

Target properly (no point querying a children's picture book agent / editor, with a gory horror story).

What to expect? Most agents / editors will not reply at all. It's a strange world, I know. I worked with some of the most despicable people in the world, truly malignant government slugs (are there any other kind?). Yet, if you wrote to them, they'd write back, if only a form letter. Meanwhile most agents don't have the decency to say a simple: "No, thanks." Editors are a somwhat different story. Most publishing houses forbid editors from considering submissions from writers. Yet, some will. It depends how high you aim. An editorial assistant might be too low on the company ladder, even if she acquires, whereas an executive might bend the rules. That's how I became a published author.

Query by email. Skip Query Forms, if you want to keep your sanity, as these are a nightmare to keep track of. Use a good email client, one that allows you to search by a variety of ways: To, From, Body, etc. You'll appreciate it after sending out hundreds of queries. Be careful before submitting your manuscript to personal, rather than company emails. Consider this: submitting a manuscript to a Gmail address means giving away the entire book to Alphabet. Be persistent, and do not give up.



Nancy Yost Literary
Nancy Yost


Zachary Shuster Harmsworth Agency,
1776 Broadway, Suite 1405
New York, NY 10019
45 Newbury St.,
Boston MA 02116.
Esmond Harmsworth
Todd Shuster
Mary Beth Chappell
Eve Bridburg
SASE not returned


Paul J Zack
PO Box 3787,
Oak Brook, IL 60522


The Zack Company, Inc.
PMB 525
4653 Carmel Mountain Rd, Ste 308
San Diego, CA 92130-6650
Andrew Zack
eQuery via website:


Zebra Agency
Broadlands House, 1 Broadlands,
Lancashire WN6 8DH, UK
Contact: Dee Jones, Cara Wooi, Mike Allen


Susan Zeckendorf Assoc. Inc.,
171 W. 57th St.,
NEW YORK, NY 10019.


The Helen Zimmermann Literary Agency
3 Emmy Lane
New Paltz, NY 12561
Helen: Helen@zimmagency.com


Barbara J. Zitwer Agency
525 West End Avenue, Suite 11H
New York, NY 10024
Barbara Zitwer
bjzitwerag@aol.com BOUNCED
No reply and SASE not returned


Renee Zuckerbrot Literary Agent
115 West 29th Street, 10th floor
New York, NY 10001
(212) 967-0072 FAX (212) 967-0073



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