Jack King A New King of Thrillers


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.

 

HOW TO PUBLISH A BOOK

Aberdeen Bay

Aberdeen Bay is a traditional, mainstream, and independent publisher that strives to publish the best books. Quality is our top concern. If your manuscript is truly outstanding, then we will publish your work regardless if you are a published author or not.

Another important character of Aberdeen Bay is relationship building. We truly understand that writing a book is an important undertaking and we treasure your work. We like to cultivate long-term relationships with our authors by providing them with dedicated editorial and marketing assistance. By joining Aberdeen Bay, an author will be able to network with other authors, gain knowledge of the publishing industry, and receive our continuous support.

Aberdeen Bay has published several award winners in 2009 including The Dead Guy, Uncle Si's Secret and Death of a Perfect Man.

www.aberdeenbay.com

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Abingdon Press
201 Eighth Avenue So.,
Nashville, TN 37202
www.abingdonpress.com
Barbara Scott
bscott@abingdonpress.com
suspense

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Academy of Chicago Publishers
363 West Erie Street, 7E,
Chicago, Illinois 60610
www.academychicago.com

By and large, Academy Chicago does not publish books with explicit, gratuitous sex and violence; we no longer publish science fiction or thrillers, neither of which do very well for us. We do not publish cookbooks, self-help or books dealing with the supernatural--that is, anything to do with angels and life after death, although we do publish ghost stories; however, most of the latter which we do publish are classics. We do not publish horror or photography books, nor do we do children's books, other than children's classics. We do not have any Young Adult classification.

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Advance Books Company
www.advancebooks.com
Contact: staff@advancebooks.com

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Akashic Books, P.O. Box 1456 ,
New York, NY 10009
Tel: 718.643.9193/Fax: 718.643.9195
info@akashicbooks.com

Akashic Books is a Brooklyn-based independent company dedicated to publishing urban literary fiction and political nonfiction by authors who are either ignored by the mainstream, or who have no interest in working within the ever-consolidating ranks of the major corporate publishers.

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Algonquin Press
127 Kingston Drive #105,
Chapel Hill NC 27514
919-967-0108; Fax: 919-933-0272.
Antonia Fusco, Editor
antonia@algonquin.com
www.algonquin.com

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Alligator Press, Inc.,
P.O. Box 49158,
Austin TX 78765
(512)454-0496
www.alligatorpress.com
Rachelle Cruz, editor.
K Kimball
kkimball@alligatorpress.com
Pays 5-10%
Query: sase with synopsis + 5 sample chapters

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Allison and Busby Ltd.
13 Charlotte Mews
London
W1T 4EJ
susie@allisonandbusby.com
www.allisonandbusby.com

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Anansi Press
110 Spadina Ave., Suite 801
Toronto, ON M5V 2K4
www.anansi.ca
submissions@anansi.ca
Sarah MacLachlan, President
Sarah@anansi.ca
Janie Yoon, Editor
Janie@anansi.ca
Lynn Henry -- Moved to Doubleday Canada
lynn@anansi.ca

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Arcade Publishing
New York, NY 10010
(212) 475-2633
www.arcadepub.com
Jeannette Seaver jmseaver@arcadepub.com
Greg Comer greg.comer@arcadepub.com
Darcy Falkenhagen darcyf@arcadepub.com
FILED FOR BANKRUPTCY IN 2009

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Archer Books
www.archer-books.com

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Andrew Scott Publishers
15023 Tierra Alta
Del Mar CA 92014
Phone 858-755-0088
andrewscottpublishers@juno.com

Description: "Realistic mysteries, no gratuitous violence or sex. We like unique plots and puzzles, romantic intrigue, espionage. Believable characters, scenes, well crafted, professionally edited work between 40,000-70,000 words from authors able to vigorously promote their work."

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Atlantic Books
Ormond House
26-27 Boswell St
London WC1N 3JZ
www.atlantic-books.co.uk
Nicolas Cheetham, thrillers under Corvus imprint
Nicolascheetham@groveatlantic.co.uk
Margaret Stead, editorial director
Margaretstead@groveatlantic.co.uk

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Avalon
Includes Carroll & Graf Publishers
161 William Street, 16th Flr.
New York, NY 10038
www.avalonbooks.com
www.carrollandgraf.com
Philip Turner philip.turner@avalonpub.com
Herman Graf herman.graf@avalonpub.com
Tina Pohlman tina.pohlman@avalonpub.com

The element of suspense is very important, but it is equally important to have a tight, well-researched, believable story line. Avoid contrived, predictable, mechanical plots and old clich├ęs. We are now looking for longer (50,000-60,000 words), gritty, more mainstream mysteries.
Please address any inquiries regarding manuscript submissions to: editorial@avalonbooks.com

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Avid Press
www.avidpress.com

Description: "Realistic mysteries, no gratuitous violence or sex. We like unique plots and puzzles, romantic intrigue, espionage. Believable characters, scenes, well crafted, professionally edited work between 40,000-70,000 words from authors able to vigorously promote their work."

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Avocet Press Inc,
19 Paul Court,
Pearl River NY 10965-1539
845-620-0986; 877-4-AVOCET
Cynthia Webb
books@avocetpress.com
www.avocetpress.com

We are looking for a good story from an unusual point of view. For example, a protagonist who is interested in social issues, is angry/emotional, has a sense of humor or has dependencies. Strong, believable characters and tight plotting are requirements. We want to be surprised. We like the cutting edge. We are particularly fond of feminist mysteries.

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