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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.



Bancroft Press
P.O. Box 65360
Baltimore, MD 21209
410.358.0658 - 800.637.7377 - fax 410.764.1967
Bruce Bortz

Bancroft Press publishes trade fiction and non-fiction, and publishes, quite simply, what they like. They have done literary and commercial fiction, books on finance, sports, parenting, humor, history, biography...No topic is out of bounds for them if they think it's done well and will make an important contribution to society.
Please mark your shipment appropriately - Fiction - Attn: Sarah Azizi. Please submit an entire manuscript, or as many chapters as you have written. Be sure to include a cover letter that details who you see as the audience for your work as well as a resume of your writing experience (any periodicals in which you've been published, any degrees related to writing you possess, etc).


Beaufort Books
Margot Atwell
Beaufort Books welcomes fiction and non-fiction submissions from all writers.
For a non-fiction title, please include a proposal and a brief sample; for a fiction title, please include a brief description and three sample chapters.
Please send all materials as one single WORD attachment to submissions@beaufortbooks.com. Include your email address and name on each page of your submission.
As we only accept submissions via email, any submissions sent through a postal delivery service will go unopened.


B&H Publishing Group
127 Ninth Avenue North
Nashville, TN 37234
Karen Ball
Suspense, Christian themes


Beginning II End Publishing, Incorporated
800 N. Rainbow, No. 208,
Las Vegas, NV 89107
Tel: 702-647-8694 Fax: 702-948-5001
Email: raineypublisher@aol.com

We believe that in the near future Las Vegas will not only dominate the gaming industry but we will also dominate the writing and film industry as well.


Bella Books
PO Box 10543
Tallahassee, FL 32302
(800) 729-4992
Linda Hill
Mystery, Suspense, lesbian themes


Bell Bridge Books
P.O. Box 300921
Memphis, TN 38130
Fax: (901) 344-9068
Submit a Query. Attach synopsis and three (3) chapters to your email.
Publishes paperback and ebooks in mystery, horror, fantasy, and more.


Bitter Lemon Press
37 Arundel Gardens,
London W11 2LW

Bitter Lemon Press is pleased to receive submissions in the literary crime and thriller area, as described below.
Our books are entertaining and gripping novels that expose the darker side of foreign places. They explore what lies just beneath the surface of the bustling life of cities such as Paris, Havana, Munich and Mexico City.


Black Coat Press
c/o Greg M. Seigel
16501 Ventura Blvd., Ste. 451
Encino, CA 91436


Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers Inc.,
151 W. 19th Street, 12th Floor,
New York NY 10011.
Q with sase (mention premise)


Bleak House Books
Benjamin LeRoy

Speaking of our niche, ours is pretty tight. We don't do cozies, sci-fi, westerns, thrillers, suspense, horror, paranormal, vampires, or children's. We do hardboiled/noir books with real type protagonists who are usually quite flawed, maybe not even always "good" guys/girls. Our books are much more about the people in them and the way they live in the world. There is usually an element of crime. Sometimes there is not.


Bloody Brits Press, UK
Contact Val McDermid


BookLand Press,
6021 Yonge Street, Suite 1010,
Toronto, ON M2M 3W2,
(800) 535-1774, Phone: (416) 607-6176, Fax: (416) 352-1993,
Contact person: Robert Morgan.


Books in Motion,
9922 E. Montgomery, Suite 31,
Spokane WA 99206 (509) 922-1646
Gary Challeneder, president
Q with SASE + synopsis + 1st chapter. Does audiobooks.


Bridge Works Publishing
P.O. Box 1798,
Bridgehampton, New York 11932
Barbara Phillips



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