Jack King A New King of Thrillers


Targeted Directory of literary agents and editors of commercial fiction

LITERARY AGENCIES:

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[ M ] [ N ] [ O - P - Q ] [ R ] [ S ] [ T ] [ U - V - W ] [ Z ]

PUBLISHERS / EDITORS:

[ A ] [ B ] [ C ] [ D - F ] [ G - H ]
[ I - L ] [ M - O ] [ P ] [ R ] [ S ] [ T - Z ]

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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

Pacific Coast Press
Queries/Submissions:
fountain@PacificCoastPress.com

Initial queries should be no more than 500 words directed to our queries/submissions email address.

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Pan Macmillan, UK
+44 (0) 207 014 6042
Trisha Jackson, Senior Commissioning Editor, Fiction
t.jackson@macmillan.co.uk

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Pegasus Books
80 Broad Street, 5th Floor
New York, NY10004
www.pegasusbooks.us
Claiborne Hancock
claiborne@pegasusbooks.us
Jessica Case
Jessica@pegasusbooks.us

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PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE , including most IMPRINTS:

firstintiallastname@penguinrandomhouse.com / prh.com / penguinrandomhouse.co.uk

Formerly:

Penguin Putnam, Inc.,
375 Hudson St.,
New York NY 10014.
212-366-2000.
www.penguinputnam.com
www.penguin.com
Several imprints: Dutton, Berkley, NAL, Viking…
Christine Pepe
christine.pepe@us.penguingroup.com
Tom Colgan, thrillers
thomas.colgan@us.penguingroup.com
Martha Bushko
Martha.bushko@us.penguingroup.com
Leis Pederson commercial, thrillers, romance
leis.pederson@us.penguingroup.com
Sandra Harding, thrillers
sandra.harding@us.penguingroup.com
Natalee Rosenstein, thrillers
natalee.rosenstein@us.penguingroup.com
Sarah Hochman
sarah.hochman@us.penguingroup.com
Jessica Wade
Jessica.wade@us.penguingroup.com
Kathryn Court
Kathryn.court@us.penguingroup.com
Neil S. Nyren (Clancy, Cussler, Sandford), Putnam
Neil.nyren@us.penguingroup.com
nnyren@penguinputnam.com
Ivan Held
ivan.held@us.penguingroup.com
Carole DeSanti, Viking
Carole.desanti@us.penguingroup.com
Michelle Vega, thrillers
Michelle.Vega@us.penguingroup.com
Erika Imranyi suspense
erika.imranyi@us.penguingroup.com
Brian Tart, thrillers
Brian.tart@us.penguingroup.com
Daniel B. Slater
Daniel.slater@us.penguingroup.com
dslater@penguinputnam.com
Barbara Grossman
Barbara.grossman@us.penguingroup.com
Paul Slovak
Paul.slovak@us.penguingroup.com
pslovak@penguinputnam.com
Caroline White
Caroline.White@us.penguingroup.com
Danielle Perez, NAL, as of Jan. 2010
Danielle.perez@us.penguinputnam.com
Stacey Barney, Mystery
stacey.barney@us.penguingroup.com
Brent Howard, NAL
Brent.howard@us.penguingroup.com
Kerry Donovan, NAL
Kerry.donovan@us.penguingroup.com
Marysue Rucci, Editorial Director, Putnam, as of March 15, 2010
Marysue.Rucci@us.penguingroup.com
Kevin Doughten, Viking
Kevin.Doughten@us.penguingroup.com

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Penguin Books Canada,
90 Eglinton Avenue, Suite 700
Toronto, Ontario
www.penguin.ca
Helen Reeves acquires thrillers
helen.reeves@ca.penguingroup.com
Adrienne Kerr, commissioning editor, commercial fiction
Adrienne.kerr@ca.penguingroup.com

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Penguin Books UK
80 Strand
London, WC2R 0RL
Alex Clarke
alex.clarke@uk.penguingroup.com
Will Hammond, Viking, commissioning
Will.Hammond@uk.penguingroup.com
Viking Imprint:
Joel Rickett, upmarket thrillers
Joel.rickett@uk.penguingroup.com

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The Permanent Press / Second Chance Press,
4170 Noyac Rd.,
Sag Harbor NY 11963.
631-725-1101
www.thepermanentpress.com
Judith Shepard, editor
Pays 10-15% wholesale; Q + first 20 pages

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Perseus Books
387 Park Avenue South,
12th Flr.
New York, NY 10016
(212) 340-8100
Includes Vanguard
Georgina Levitt
Georgina.levitt@perseusbooks.com
Roger Cooper
roger.cooper@perseusbooks.com

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Piatkus Books
5 Windmill Street
London W1T 2JA
www.piatkus.co.uk
Judy Piatkus
jpiatkus@piatkus.co.uk
Claire Bennett
cbennett@piatkus.co.uk

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Pontalba Press,
4417 Dryades St.,
New Orleans LA 70115.
877-891-4474
wayne@pontalbapress.com
www.pontalbapress.com
Christian Allman, director
Submit proposal package with synopsis, 3 sample chapters or submit ms

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Port Town Publishing
601 Belknap Street,
Superior WI 54880

Port Town Publishing Manuscript Submission Policies: We prefer to see manuscripts in the THIRD PERSON, PAST TENSE format. "First person" manuscripts will be considered, but the author would most probably have to agree to rewrite the manuscript into the third person format before it would be accepted for publication. Research shows that this is the format fiction readers prefer. We have accepted only one title to date that will not be published in that format. TO SUBMIT: Query with a short synopsis and SASE to Senior Fiction Editor Jean Hackensmith . Be sure to indicate "AUTHOR'S QUERY" in the subject box

 

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