This week's Agent Spotlight features Steven Axelrod of The Axelrod Agency, Inc.
About: “Steven Axelrod has been an agent for over 30 years and president of his own agency for more than 25 years. Prior to agenting, he was an editor at The Literary Guild, managing editor at Harcourt Brace and a reader for a number of paperback houses. His present clients include two-time Edgar Award-winning mystery author S.J. Rozan, as well as many top women’s fiction authors, including #1 New York Times bestsellers Christine Feehan, J.R. Ward and Julia Quinn, as well as multi-New York Times Bestsellers Jayne Ann Krentz, Susan Elizabeth Phillips , Suzanne Brockmann and Catherine Anderson.” (Link)
Status: Accepting submissions.
What He's Looking For:
“In terms of fantasy, he is only interested in paranormal fantasy.” (Link)
What He Isn't Looking For:
Picture books, screenplays, high fantasy.
About the Agency:
Founded in 1983 (Link).
In 1994 the agency joined with The Rowland Agency to form the Axelrod & Rowland Agency; however, they appear to have separated in recent years. (Link)
Catherine Anderson, Barbara Bretton, Suzanne Brockmann, Jayne Castle / Jayne Ann Krentz / Amanda Quick, Alyssa Day, Christine Feehan, Amanda Hocking, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Julia Quinn, S.J. Rozan, J.R. Ward, among many others,
As of this posting, Mr. Axelrod is listed on Publisher’s Marketplace as having made 8 deal in the last 12 months, 10 six-figure+ deals, and 19 overall. Recent deals include 7 women’s/romance and 1 paranormal.
Submission Guidelines (always verify):
Send a query letter only. Include a SASE if querying by snail-mail.
See Mr. Axelrod’s AAR page for contact information (including e-query address).
I saw his response time for queries listed as 2-3 months on an agent listing site. Limited stats suggest of average of about 3 weeks with instances coming in sooner and later. His response time on requested material appears to range from days to months but is usually within a month.
What's the Buzz?
Steven Axelrod is considered a top notch agent, well known for his award-winning, bestselling mystery and women’s fiction clients and years in the business. He accepts young adult fiction according to all the databases, but I am not aware of any YA clients or sales at this time. I couldn’t find any specifics on what he might be looking for in the YA realm, but I think he’s definitely worth a query.
Worth Your Time:
None that I could find online.
Around the Web:
Why Publishing is Making You Crazy—and What You Can Do About It: The Tao of Publishing, article by Steven Axelrod and client Julie Ann Long (12/08).
Big Publishers Terrified of Kindle Mavericks, great article featuring Amanda Hocking’s success story and how Mr. Axelrod handled her originally self-published work (10/10).
Conference notes including Steven Axelrod from a ECWC Agent Panel at Musetracks (10/09).
Please see Mr. Axelrod’s AAR page or one of the query databases above for contact and query information.
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Note: These agent profiles presently focus on agents who accept children's fiction. They are not interviews. Please take the time to verify anything you might use here before querying an agent. The information found herein is subject to change.