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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.



St. Martin's Press,
Minotaur, Thomas Dunne Books,
Charles Spicer
Hilary Rubin Teeman thrillers, commercial
Michael Homler thrillers
Kelley Ragland
Marcia Markland, suspense
Carin Siegfried, Editor,
Peter Wolverton Executive Editor
Peter Joseph
Marc Resnick, Executive Editor
Matthew Shear
Sally Richardson
Toni Plummer
Brendan Deneen, Thomas Dunne
Brenda Copeland
Matt Martz, Minotaur


Salvo Press,
P.O. Box 9095,
Bend OR 97708.
Scott Schmidt, publisher
susp/espionage/thrill EBOOKs


Samhain Publishing
577 Mulberry Street, Suite 1520
Macon, GA 31201

Samhain Horror

Samhain is now accepting submissions for our line of horror novels. We are actively seeking talented writers who can tell an exciting, dramatic and frightening story, and who are eager to promote their work and build their community of readers.

We are looking for novels—either supernatural or non-supernatural, contemporary or historical—that are original and compelling. Authors can be previously unpublished or established, agented or un-agented. Content can range from subtle and unsettling to gory and shocking. The writing is what counts.

Our criteria:

* Between 12,000 and 100,000 words, for print eligibility minimum 50,000.
* A fresh premise that can be conveyed in a marketing hook of 2 – 3 sentences
* Believable, three-dimensional characters
* A gripping, suspenseful style
* Credible world-building that can make even the strangest creatures believable
* Within the horror genre, not fantasy or science-fiction, though borders often blur

To submit:

* Email the complete manuscript and a full synopsis that takes the plot from beginning to end as two separate Word attachments.
* In the body of your email include a brief description of the novel, estimated word count, and your publishing history (if any) such as previous books, awards, and quotes from other authors or reviews.
* Include contact info, and if the manuscript is agented, please provide agent info as well.
* Include the title of the novel in the email’s subject line.

Submissions should be sent to: editor@samhainpublishing.com Editor: Don D'Auria.

Samhain Romance

Samhain is now open to general submissions of all genres of romance and erotica, as well as fantasy, urban fantasy and science fiction with strong romantic elements. Authors can be previously unpublished or established, agented or un-agented. We will consider previously published manuscripts on a case by case basis.

We are looking for romances of all types and styles, and all levels of heat. Let your imagination run free.

For science fiction, fantasy, and urban fantasy submissions, we would like strong romantic themes throughout, and while a traditional happy ending is not required, we would like some progression in the romantic arc as well as a satisfying ending for fans of romance.

Our Criteria:

* Between 12,000 and 120,000 words. For print eligibility, minimum 50,000 words.
* Simultaneous submissions accepted, but keep us posted on the current status.
* No pedophilia, bestiality, necrophilia, rape as titillation, etc.

Please visit the Samhain FAQ page for answers to most of your submissions questions.

Please visit the Special Calls page to see any special calls from our editors.

How to Submit

All submissions must be sent by email. We will not respond to any submissions sent via hard copy, nor will we return submissions sent this way. Please send all queries via email to the email address listed below.

Please send a short query letter in the body of an email. This letter should include some information about you, a short blurb, and the genre and word count of your manuscript.

In separate documents attached to the same email, attach the full manuscript and a synopsis. To give your book the best chance of being accepted, please ensure that the synopsis details the whole plot and the end of the book, even if it is a surprise ending.

Please send the synopsis and manuscript as two separate attachments, named with the title of your book.
Please format your work (manuscript and synopsis) as follows:

*When sending your manuscript/synopsis please name them: Title_Author initials_full and Title_Author initials_Synopsis. This helps our editors keep submissions organized.

* The files should be RTF (Rich Text File) or .doc (Word Document)
* Author name and book title should appear on the first page of your manuscript and synopsis

The cover page of your synopsis must have your contact information:

* Real Name/Pen Name
* Address
* Contact Phone
* Email address
* Working Title (include series name if applicable)
* Word Count
* Genre/s
* Blurb (less than 200 words)

When you are ready to submit, please send a short query letter and your submission to: editor@samhainpublishing.com.

Please allow up to 12-16 weeks for a personal reply.


Simon & Schuster,
1230 Avenue of the Americas,
New York, NY 10020.
Includes Pocket Books, Scribner, Atria, Gallery,
Lauren McKenna, Gallery, commercial
Louise Burke, Gallery, VP
Anna deVries, Scribner, Crime, Suspense,
Marcela Landres, Acquisitions
Tricia Boczkowski, Gallery
Mitchell Ivers, Gallery, commercial fiction
Micki Nuding (Ms), Gallery, commercial
Kathy Sagan, Gallery, commercial
Abby Ziddle, Gallery, commercial
Partick Price, Gallery, thrillers, commercial women's
Ed Schlesinger, Gallery, commercial, speculative
Megan McKeever, commercial, women's
Jaime Costas (Ms), Gallery, commercial, speculative
Maggie Crawford
Nan Graham
Rachel Sussman
Brent Rumble
does suspense and thrillers
Judith Curr
Peter Borland
Malaika Adero
Sarah Durand
David Rosenthal
Sarah Branham
Kara Cesare, Gallery Books, commercial women's
Sarah Knight
Becky Nesbit


Simon & Schuster, UK
Mike Jones, Thrillers
Kate Lyall-Grant, Thrillers


Jacqueline Smit Sirene
Uitgeverij Maarten Muntinga Postbus 2465,
Amsterdam, 1000 CL Netherlands
Phone 0031 20 5216767

Sirene is a young imprint of the well-known and established independent publishing house Maarten Muntinga. We concentrate on upmarket commercial fiction and female narrative non-fiction, with a focus on crosscultural writing. Our mass market paperback series Sirene Pockets has an excellent reputation among the booksellers.


SOHO Press, INC.,
853 Broadway,
New York, NY 10003.
Juris Jurjevics, publisher
Juliet Grames
Bryan Devendorf
Likes stories set overseas
Juliet Grames
Katie Herman
Soho Press primarily publishes fiction, with the occasional autobiography or cultural historical account. Completed manuscripts should be 60,000 words or more. While many of our published works arrive here through agents, we place a high priority on publishing quality unsolicited materials from new writers.
Though eager to accept a wide range of literary fiction, we do not consider formula fiction, young adult dramas, stock romances, juvenile literature, short story collections, cookbooks, how-to books, self-help, fantasy, and anything that might recommend itself as a "quick read." Further, we do not consider electronic submissions.


Scrivenery Press,
P.O. Box 740969-180,
Houston TX 77274-0969.
Chris Coleman, associate editor
Pays 8.5-15% retail
Proposal package with synopsis + 3 sample ch


Simon & Schuster Canada
625 Cochrane Drive, Suite 600
Markham, ON L3R 9R9
Ph: (905) 943-9942
Fax: (905) 943-9026


Snowapple Press,
Box 66024, Heritage Postal Outlet,
Edmonton, Alberta TJ6 6T4
Vanna Tessier, editor
Pays 10-50% retail
Q with Sase


Southern Press
Historical, Romance & Mystery/Suspense Genres
Query with SASE to
Southern Press,
4 Timberline Trail #D,
Ormond Bch, FL 32174
CAUTION - may be charging $


Steeple Hill Romantic Suspense

This new brand in the Steeple Hill imprint is a series of edge-of-your-seat, contemporary romantic suspense tales of intrigue and romance featuring Christian characters facing challenges to their faith…and to their lives.

Each story should have a compelling mystery or a suspenseful situation threatening the hero and the heroine combined with an emotional, satisfying and mature romance; however, the characters should not make love unless they are married. Even if characters are married, lovemaking must occur offstage. (No love scenes, please.) Any physical interactions (i.e., kissing, hugging) should emphasize emotional tenderness rather than sexual desire. There should not be an excessive reliance on kissing scenes or use of words such as "desire," "need," etc. or a focus on specific body parts. Please avoid any mention of nudity.

Drama, mystery, suspense and even a touch of humor all have a place in the series. Foul language and swearing do not. Paranormal or horror elements are not acceptable. Conflicts cannot be solved purely by divine intervention (e.g. an angel arriving to save the day). Violence is appropriate only insofar as it relates to the plot. Any subplots should come directly from the main story. Secondary characters can also help contribute to an exciting story. First person point of view (hero or heroine) may be used. Secondary characters' point of view can also be used, but only if sustained and appropriate to the story line. Stories can have international settings, though the main characters should be North American.




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