Getting Published: List of Agents - 1-5

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For this list, I decided to focus on "Commercial Fiction"

Just a reminder for those who did not read my first article,

Commercial fiction:

Commercial fiction uses high-concept hooks and compelling plots to give it a wide, mainstream appeal. Commercial fiction often has the “ouuuh” factor: summarize what happens in your novel is a single, succinct sentence, and you invariably get, “ouhhh, that sounds interesting!” Plot (the events) and story (the overall tale) are first and foremost; characters’ choices and actions create heightened drama that propels the reader forward with urgency.

Like literary fiction, the writing style in commercial fiction is elevated beyond generic mainstream fiction. But unlike literary fiction, commercial fiction maintains a strong narrative storyline as its central goal, rather than the development of enviable prose or internal character conflicts. Commercial fiction often incorporates other genre types under its umbrella such as women’s fiction, thriller, suspense, adventure, family saga, chick lit, etc. Commercial fiction is not the same as "mainstream" or "mass market" fiction, which are both umbrella terms that refer to genre fiction like science fiction, fantasy, romance, mystery, and some thrillers.

Now, as you will notice, the small beginning list of agents below represent many genres, not just this one. I will be posting these in groups of 5. So, let's begin.

1.) Kristin Nelson

AGENCY
Nelson Literary Agency, LLC
1732 Wazee Street, Suite 207
Denver, CO  80202

EMAIL
query@nelsonagency.com

FICTION GENRES
Literary Fiction | Science Fiction | Chick Lit | Commercial Fiction | Fantasy | Women's Fiction | Romance | Historical Fiction | Young Adult | Multi-Cultural | Middle Grade

NONFICTION GENRES
Memoirs

    * Particularly interested in Literary (with a commercial bent), commercial
      mainstream, romance, Young Adult/Middle Grade (must be high concept and
      have a commercial bent), science fiction , fantasy, and women's fiction
    * For non-fiction, she only handles memoir and narrative non-fiction

DOES NOT REPRESENT


    * She does not represent short story collections, mysteries (unless chick
      lit), thrillers, horror, Christian, or Children's picture books
    * One more time: (if you missed it)--she does NOT represent thrillers or
      mysteries

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES


    * This agency only accepts email queries
    * Email: query (no attachments) via query@nelsonagency.com
    * Please put the word QUERY and the title of your project in the subject   
      field of your email


2.)Jenny Bent

AGENCY:
The Bent Agency
204 Park Place, Number Two
Brooklyn, NY  11238

EMAIL
queries@thebentagency.com

FICTION GENRES
Literary Fiction | True Crime | Horror | Commercial Fiction | Women's Fiction | Humor/Satire | Romance | Young Adult | Thrillers/Suspense

NONFICTION GENRES
Biography | Memoirs | Narrative | Humor

SPECIAL INTERESTS

    * She is actively looking for crime, suspense, thrillers, literary horror

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

    * She only accepts brief email queries via queries@thebentagency.com
    * She does NOT accept SNAIL mail unsolicited queries or submissions


3.) Jessica Faust

AGENCY
BookEnds, LLC
136 Long Hill Rd.
Gillette, NJ  07933

EMAIL
jfaust@bookends-inc.com

FICTION GENRES
Mystery | Commercial Fiction | Women's Fiction | Romance | Thrillers/Suspense | Erotica

NONFICTION GENRES
History | Politics | Parenting | How-To | Self-Help | Current Affairs | Business | Women's Issues | Finance | Psychology | Cultural/Social Issues

SPECIAL INTERESTS
    * Her areas of expertise include historical, contemporary, fantasy,
      paranormal, and erotic romance, urban fantasy, women's fiction, mysteries,
      suspense, and thrillers.

    * She is most actively seeking unique fiction with a strong hook
    * In nonfiction, she specializes in business, finance, career, parenting,
      psychology, women's issues, self-help, health, sex, and general nonfiction.
    * She seeks nonfiction with creative ideas and large author platforms.

DOES NOT REPRESENT

    * BookEnds does not handle children's books, science fiction and fantasy,
      short fiction, poetry, screenplays, techno-thrillers or military fiction

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES


    * She will be closed to query submissions from 11/15/09 to 1/18/10 due to
      maternity leave
    * Please include the word "query" or "submission" in your subject heading of
      your email queries.
    * Email: brief query only (no attachments)
    * Snail Mail: query ONLY with SASE
  
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4.) Ethan Ellenberg

AGENCY
Ethan Ellenberg Literary Agency
548 Broadway, #5E
New York, NY  10012

EMAIL
agent@ethanellenberg.com

FICTION GENRES
Literary Fiction | Science Fiction | True Crime | Mystery | Commercial Fiction | Fantasy | Women's Fiction | Romance | Family Saga | Historical Fiction | Young Adult | Thrillers/Suspense | Children's | Multi-Cultural | Adventure | Erotica

NONFICTION GENRES
History | Biography | Science | Cookbooks | Memoirs | Adventure/True Story | Spirituality | Current Affairs | Business | Pop Culture | Psychology | Health & Fitness | True Crime


SPECIAL INTERESTS


    * This agency is very well-known for their representation of romance
    * For fiction, he is interested in all kinds of commercial fiction–including
      thrillers, mysteries, action/adventure, children's, romance, women's
      fiction, ethnic, science fiction, and fantasy–and literary fiction.
    * For nonfiction, his interests include: health, science and pop-science,
      psychology, history, current affairs, business, cookbooks, pop-culture, true
      crime, biography, memoir, new age and spirituality

DOES NOT REPRESENT


    * Does not represent poetry, short stories, screenplays, westerns,
      autobiographies

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES


    * Snail mail/fiction: query, synopsis, first 50 pages, & SASE
    * Snail mail/non-fiction: query and book proposal, which should include an
      outline of material, sample material, author bio, SASE
    * Email: query with first sample chapter and synopsis pasted in the body of
      the email; they only respond if they're interested

* Actively seeking new clients


5.)Nancy Yost

AGENCY
Nancy Yost Literary Agency
350 Seventh Avenue, Suite 2003
New York, NY  10001

EMAIL
QueryNancy@nyliterary.com

FICTION GENRES
Mystery | Commercial Fiction | Fantasy | Women's Fiction | Romance | Historical Fiction | Thrillers/Suspense | Multi-Cultural | Erotica

NONFICTION GENRES
Cultural/Social Issues


SPECIAL INTERESTS

    * Mainly interested in fiction: commercial, women's, thrillers (medical),
      suspense
    * She is also interested in erotica
    * She looks for complex, engrossing, character and voice-driven reads, and has
      a fondness for a good ghost story, southern fiction, historical fiction and
      atmosphere.

DOES NOT REPRESENT


    * Does not represent horror, westerns, science-fiction, children's books,
      textbooks and books in need of translation

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

    * Email: query only
    * Snail Mail/fiction: query, short synopsis, first chapter & SASE
    * Snail Mail/nonfiction: query plus proposal (if available), otherwise, send
      project overview

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Break down of terms:

1.) SASE - self addressed stamped envelope
2.) Don't worry about proposals - those are for non-fiction
3.) Snail mail takes longer - always go with Email first if they accept it.


How to set up an email submission.

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KahunaSniperHobbyist Writer
Do you know, by any chance, a few good military fiction agents? Thanks. :D
SordidAffair's avatar
Nice, this is very helpful. Thank you!
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liliana2009Student Writer
i found this very help full but do i write a summery about the story?
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LateNightLadyProfessional Writer
I wrote up a quick guide for the summary (or synopsis) here. Goodluck :)