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

Ingalls Publishing Group
197 New Market Center, Ste. 135
Boone, NC 28607
(828) 297-7127
www.highcountrypublishers.com
Robert Ingalls
Editor@ingallspublishinggroup.com
Mysteries, suspense

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Intercontinental Publishing,
6451 Steeple Chase Lane,
Manassas VA 20111-2611
703-369-4992
icpub@worldnet.att.net
H. G. Smittenaar, publisher,

publishes 6 books / year; Submit proposal package with 1-3 chapters, word count and SASE

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Intrigue Press
Editorial Board Intrigue Press
PO Box 102004 Denver, CO 80210

Publisher of mysteries, thrillers and suspense. We concentrate on cozies and international crime fiction. However, we are also interested in literary mysteries and children's mystery. Please look at our website and evaluate your writing in light of our publishing program. If you feel that Intrigue is a good match for your manuscript and you would like to make a submission, please follow our guidelines.

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Jeanne M. Wise
PO Box 575,
Abington, MD 21009-0575
Tel: 301-470-0053
jeanne.m.wise@verizon.com
www.publishershomepages.com/php/Jeanne_M__Wise

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Kensington Publishing Corp.,
850 Third Ave., 16th Floor,
NEW YORK, NY 10022.
212-407-1500
www.kensingtonbooks.com
John Scognamiglio
jscognamiglio@kensingtonbooks.com
Michaela Hamilton
mhamilton@kensingtonbooks.com
Audrey LaFehr
alafehr@kensingtonbooks.com
Miles Lott
mlott@kensingtonbooks.com

Submission Guidelines
For fiction, send cover letter, first three chapters, and synopsis (no more than five pages). Note that we do not publish science fiction or fantasy.
We do not publish poetry.
For non-fiction, send cover letter/query, including the author’s qualifications and connections relevant to the book’s content and marketing, and summary or outline of book’s content.
All submissions should be double-spaced, paginated, cleanly printed and readable. Do not bind pages together.
If you need material returned, you must enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope large enough to hold the submission. If we may recycle your pages, you can receive a response by enclosing a letter-size, stamped, self-addressed envelope. MATERIAL WITHOUT RETURN POSTAGE WILL BE DISCARDED.
You may QUERY ONLY by e-mail. Do not attach manuscripts or proposals to e-mail queries. An editor will respond if he or she is interested in seeing your material based on your query.
SUBMIT TO ONE EDITOR ONLY. From the list of editors and their areas of interest, determine which editor would be best suited to or most interested in the type of book you are proposing. Address the submission to that editor’s attention.
ALLOW AT LEAST THREE MONTHS FOR RESPONSE. PLEASE DO NOT CALL THE KENSINGTON OFFICES.
IF YOU DO NOT HEAR BACK ON YOUR QUERY, IT MEANS THAT WE ARE NOT INTERESTED IN SEEING YOUR MANUSCRIPT.

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Allen Knoll Publishers
200 West Victoria Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3627
bookinfo@knollpublishers.com
www.knollpublishers.com

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Le Gesse Stevens Publishing,
3333 Midway Drive, Unit 102,
San Diego CA 92110.
619-221-8252
Barry Lomax, editor

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