Here’s a true story. Most of the time when publishers think a book will be a hit, they are dead wrong. Last year I tracked ten books that received six-figure advances. A friend, who is in the publishing business, checked on these books a year later and not one had earned out its advance. So publishers don’t know what will work, what won’t. They just think they know. The truth is: I don’t know either!

So, give your book a try. Here are a list of agent NOT in New York City, for those of you who would rather deal with an agent closer to home. I don’t know any of these agents, so I can’t recommend anyone to you.

I suggest that before sending them anything, that you write a ONE page letter saying who you are and what you have written. Agents are only interested in finished manuscripts. (If you have clips, you might send some of them to the agent so they can see what you have published, and how you write.) Good luck.

Steve Axelrod
P.O. Box 357
Chatham, NY 12037
Handles Mystery, True Crime
(518)392-2100
steve@axelrodagency.com

Balkin, Richard
PO Box 222
Amherst, MA 01004
Handles  Anthology, Politics
(413)548-9835
rick62838@crocker.com

Bearden, James
2851 S. Ocean Blvd. #5K
Boca Raton FL 33432-8407
Handles Fiction, Young Adult
(561)391-9575
jlbearde@bellsouth.net

Anne Blackstone
LAZEAR AGENCY, INC.
431 2nd St., Suite 300
Hudson WI 54016
Handles General Fiction, Reference
(715)531-0012
info@lazear.com,
www.Lazear.com

Helen Brann
94 Curtis Rd.
Bridgewater, CT 06752
Handles Religion/Spirituality,
(860) 354 -9580 History
helenbrannagency@earthlink.net

Helen Breitweiser
CORNERSTONE
LITERARY, INC.
4500 Wilshire Blvd., 2nd fl.
Los Angeles, CA 90010
Handles General Fiction
(323)930-6039
hb@cornerstoneliterary.com

Briggs, M. Courtney
100 N. Broadway Ave., 28th Fl.
Oklahoma City OK 73102
Handles History
(405)235-1900
www.DerrickAndBriggs.com

ElizabethWales
PO Box 9428
Seattle, WA 98109 Science,
Handles Sci-Fi/Fantasy
(206)284-7114
waleslit@waleslit.com
www.waleslit.com

Andrea Brown
1076 Eagle Drive
Salinas, CA 93905
Handles General Fiction
(831)422-5925
andrea@andreabrownlit.com
AndreaBrownLit.com

Robert Brown
1138 S. Webster St.
Kokomo, Indiana 46902
Handles General Fiction
(765)459-8258
rbrown@wylie-merrick.com
www.Wylie-Merrick.com

Pema Browne
11 Tena Place
Valley Cottage NY 10989
Handles Children’s, Mystery, YA
Women’s/Romance, History
ppbltd@optonline.net
www.PemaBrowneLtd.com

Jack Byrne
Sterling Lord Literistic
2370 S. 107th St., Apt. #4
Milwaukee WI 53227-2036
Handles Horror, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, General Fiction
(414)328-8034
jackbyrne@hotmail.com
http://sll.com

Christi Cardenas
431 2nd St., Suite 300
Hudson WI 54016
Handles General Fiction
(715)531-0012
info@lazear.com
www.Lazear.com

Julie Castiglia
1155 Camino del Mar, Ste. 510
Del Mar, CA 92014
Handles Memoirs
(858)755-8761
JacLAgency@aol.com

Susan Cohen
41 Simon Keets Road
Leyden, MA 01337
Handles Advice/Relationships, Children’s,
(413)772-0067
rivlit@sover.net

Frances Collin
P.O. Box 33
Wayne, PA 19087
Handles General Fiction, Reference, Art, Biography, Memoir,
History, Children’s
(610)254 0555
sarah@francescollin.com.

James Cypher
816 Wolcott Avenue
Beacon, NY 12508
Handles Mystery, Thriller, Biography, Memoirs
(845)831-5677
jimcypher@prodigy.net
www.JimCypher.com

Sandra Dijkstra
1155 Camino del Mar, PMB 515
Del Mar CA 92014
Handles General Fiction, Business/Investing/Finance,
History/Politics
sdla@dijkstraagency.com
DijkstraAgency.com

Lucienne Diver
Knight Agency
P.O. Box 550648
Atlanta, GA 30355
Handles Mystery/Crime, Women’s/Romance,
Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Children’s
(404)816-9620
Lucienne.Diver@knightagency.net
www.KnightAgency.net

Lynn Whittaker
Graybill & English
1875 Connecticut Ave. NW, #712
Washington, DC 20009
Handles General Fiction, General Non-Fiction, Biography
(202)588-9798
lynnwhittaker@aol.com
www.GraybillAndEnglish.com