Stephen King’s literary agent– who is it and how can you submit your book to Stephen King’s literary agency for consideration?
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Who Is Stephen King’s Literary Agent?
Stephen King sold his first short story in 1967. Throughout the early years after college he sold stories to men’s magazines. Many of these were later gathered into the Night Shift collection. In 1971, Stephen began teaching high school English classes. Writing in the evenings and on the weekends, he continued to produce short stories and to work on novels.
In 1973, Doubleday accepted the novel Carrie for publication. A short time later Stephen learned that a major paperback sale would provide him with the means to leave teaching and write full-time. That same year Stephen wrote The Shining.
The Kings have three children: Naomi Rachel, Joe Hill, and Owen Phillip. Stephen is of Scots-Irish ancestry, stands 6’4″ and weighs about 200 pounds. He sometimes wears a beard between the end of the World Series and the opening of baseball spring training in Florida. He has worn glasses since he was a child. Stephen and his wife Tabitha provide scholarships for local students and contribute to many charities.
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Chuck Verrill – Stephen King’s Literary Agent
Stephen King’s book agent is Chuck Verrill with Darhansoff & Verrill. Chuck is Stephen King’s longtime editor. Stephen King’s book agent joined Darhansoff & Verrill in 1989 after ten years as an editor at Viking Penguin. With his experience in general interest nonfiction and suspense, Stephen King’s book agent expanded the agency’s profile.
Stephen King’s book agent represents:
FICTION: Commercial * Family Saga
NONFICTION: History * Politics
RECENT DEALS FOR STEPHEN KING’S LITERARY AGENT
Fiction – Stephen King’s Book Agent
Joyland set in a small-town North Carolina amusement park in 1973, the story of the summer in which a college student comes to work as a carny and confronts the legacy of a vicious murder, the fate of a dying child, and the ways both will change his life forever, to Charles Ardai at Hard Case Crime by Stephen King’s book agent Chuck Verrill at Darhansoff & Verrill.
Digital – Stephen King’s Book Agent
Stephen King and Stewart O’Nan’s A Face In the Crowd about a grieving widower who sees faces from his past in the stands at a baseball game, to Scribner, and to Hodder & Stoughton in the UK, for publication as an ebook original, by Chuck Verrill at Darhansoff & Verrill.
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Contact Stephen King’s Literary Agent
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Dear Mark I’ve been writing my book for years now it came to me in a dream one night and I’ve been writing it every chance I get I haven’t forgotten a single part 9 years my question is who do I need to get with first Can you help guide me to the right person thanks
Absolutely, that’s what I do… and I’m happy to help if possible… but I want to make sure you know that I’m a former literary agent turned author coach. Now I help authors get top literary agents, publishers, and book deals.
If you haven’t already done so, you can click here to access all the valuable resources I have about getting an agent in my private, members-only area (no charge): https://thebestsellingauthor.com/membership/. Once you’ve entered your name and email address there, click on the link that says, “Audio Training Library”. Then you’ll see my main audio training (and text transcript), which reveals the 7 Insider Secrets You Need to Know to Get a Top Literary Agent, Publisher, and Book Deal.
If you want help with anything else, you can post questions for me online here: https://thebestsellingauthor.com/ask/. And you can register for an introductory coaching call with me here: http://markmalatesta.com/mark-malatesta-author-coaching/. Either way, I’m looking forward to learning more about you and your work.
Have a great weekend,
The Bestselling Author
Literary Agent Undercover
I’ve been told by hundreds of people that I need to write a book about my life and how I was almost murdered and my asking for the Bible saved my life. There is a series of events leading into, around, and after the events during my paralysis and now possible miracles . My question for you all & Mr. King. I need an agent, but it’s practically impossible to get one w/out a manuscript. I mostly have my book through countless journal entries and thoughts in my head what I need is a ghost writer.
Hi Belgicia, I mainly work with authors who write their own books and (unfortunately) we aren’t able to forward messages to the authors or literary agents listed on our websites. If you Google ghostwriters though you will be able to find some that way.
Good luck, and have a great week!
The Bestselling Author
Literary Agent Undercover
I’m an author with 2 books out from a major NYC house. I recently left a powerhouse agent (with 40 years experience) and am hoping my new novel might interest Mr. Verrill because of his eye for more commercial/literary novels. Also Stephen King selected one of my early stories as “Notable”(BASS). That said, I’m unsure if Mr. Verrill is accepting new clients.Is he? He doesn’t report on lunch, and I’ve seen conflicting info. on-line.(Also, it’s a lot of time to wait on a query at D.V.)
Hi Lizbeth, congratulations… sounds like you’re off to a great start. Regarding your question, you can learn more about various agents using my online directory here: https://literary-agents.com/directory-literary-agents/. But I don’t get into particulars regarding individual agents, editors, etc. here.
If I can help you with anything else let me know, but I want to make sure you know that I’m a former agent. Today I’m a coach and consultant helping authors get top agents, publishers, and book deals. To that end, I have several websites devoted to helping authors get a top literary agent, publisher, and book deal. You can see a complete list here: http://thebestsellingauthor.com/websites/.
Don’t miss my upcoming Internet radio show airing this Saturday, where you can listen to one of my coaching clients, Dave Hamme, share how he got a top literary agent, resulting in offers from 3 well-known publishers: Amacom, Palgrave Macmillan, and Mc-Graw Hill (who recently published Dave’s book in hardcover). See how you can listen here at http://thebestsellingauthor.com/radio-show/. Would love to see you there if you can make it.
If you haven’t already done so, click here now for access to all the valuable resources in my private, members-only area (no charge): http://thebestsellingauthor.com/membership/. Once you’ve entered your name and email address, click on the link that says, “Audio Training Library”. Then you’ll see my main audio training (and text transcript), which reveals the 7 Insider Secrets You Need to Know to Get a Top Literary Agent, Publisher, and Book Deal.
I’m also happy to answer any questions that you have online here: http://thebestsellingauthor.com/ask/. And, if you’re serious and believe we’re a good fit, you can register for an introductory coaching call with me here (there is a fee for that): http://thebestsellingauthor.com/coaching/intro-call/.
Either way, I’m looking forward to learning more about you and your work… and I’ll point you in the right direction.
Have a great weekend!
The Bestselling Author
Literary Agent Undercover
I have started writing a novel. I would like a bit of advice to see if I should even continue to write. I am looking for a blunt, yes keep it up or no I feel you do not have the talent to continue. Would it be alright with you if I were to send you my first chapter? If that would be fine. Please email me the details I would appreciate it.
Hi Dave, due to time constraints I don’t provide feedback for queries or writing samples except for my coaching clients. As a next step, if you haven’t already done so, become a member of my online community now here (it’s fr*ee): http://thebestsellingauthor.com/membership/. Then make sure you also listen to the FIRST audio training recording in my online audio library (once you’re in the members only area, look for the link the says “Audio Training Library”). You can also post more questions for me online here: http://thebestsellingauthor.com/how-to-be-a-bestselling-author/ask/. And, if/when you’re able, you can register for an introductory coaching call with me here: http://thebestsellingauthor.com/coaching/intro-call/. Have a great day, and if you’re on Twitter, join me here: https://twitter.com/Literary_Agents. I set up an account several years ago but now I’m starting to use it. Mark ????
Hello, my name is Ruby and I’m a high school senior. I am writing a research paper comparing and contrasting Stephen King and Edgar Allan Poe. I was hoping to contact Stephen King so that he may answer a few questions for me.
Hi Ruby, sorry… we don’t forward any information to Mr. King. Mark
Hi would like to use Randall flag in my book and or screen play do I need Mr kings permission the screen play is called the text
Hi Barry, I’m sorry but we don’t represent Mr. King so you’ll have to contact his agent. Mark
I am a new author and I have written several books since my years as a college undergrad. Most of my books are novellas/novels and my genre is romance/fantasy fiction. I am trying to get published, but I have been rejected at least twice and I am seeking a literary agent. My latest work is The Immortal Guardians, a series in four parts. I have confidence in my work but I need to know how to attract an agent. I have even written queries letters.
Hi Yalontya, hang in there. A query rewrite is often all it takes to start getting results. To that end, make sure you check out my query letter website here if you haven’t seen it already, included on this page that features all of our websites (take a look at all of them, much there that will help): http://thebestsellingauthor.com/websites/. You might also want to sign up for an introductory coaching call with me here so I can help you see (and fix) the problem: http://thebestsellingauthor.com/coaching/intro-call/. Either way I wish you success and a wonderful weekend. Mark
I am a new writer and i have some material that I would like to be published but for years i was unsure who to trust. I just stumbled across this after I found your name in stephen kings novel ‘mr mercedes’ . What steps do I need to take?
Hi William, are you trying to contact me or Stephen King’s agent. If you’re new to my website, I suggest you listen to the complimentary audio training that you can access here: https://literary-agents.com/get-a-literary-agent/. Then spend some time looking around our various websites listed here: https://literary-agents.com/websites/. After that you can post a follow-up question for me here on this web page. Or you can sign up for a coaching call with me here: https://literary-agents.com/book-marketing/book-marketing-coach/. Either way, I’m happy to help and I look forward to learning more about you and your book. Mark
I’m a songwriter working on an album I intend to release this year. In a song the lyrics tell the story of a subplot which takes place in one of King’s Dark Tower series. Included are phrases & words he made up to fit the context. Penguin holds many rights of his but not the right to set material to music. From whom do I seek permission if phrases exceed limitations of Fair Use? FYI I’m Canadian & our album will be released internationally through E-download sites.
Hi Al, I had a website glitch (having issues) that caused some of my comments to disappear so my apologies for the delay. I wish I had an answer for you on this but I’m not a lawyer and this is not the area where I’m most knowledgeable. All my best. Mark
To whom it may concern,
I represent Sulakauri Publishing. We are one of the leading publishing houses in Tbilisi, Georgia.
We are interested in publishing some titles by Stephen King. Could you please let me to whom should I refer?
Nino | Stephen King’s Literary Agent
Hi Nino, my apologies for the rude comment someone left on my blog in response to your question. I deleted it. The information you are looking for is listed in this article that you responded to. Any other questions, just let me know. Mark
Thank you very much for your reply. I found the necessary information.
Though, I am very interested who left a comment in response to me and what did it say.
Hi Nino, no problem. I think the person didn’t believe you were who you said you were in your comment. It was just a rude comment. No worries. There are so many scams out there that writers have learned to be skeptical. Anyway, I wish you all the best. Have a good weekend. Mark