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Ms. Nancy K. Yost

Position, Contracts Department

Random House , Inc.

HQ Phone: (212) 782-9000

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Random House , Inc.

1745 Broadway 3Rd Floor

New York, New York 10019

United States

Company Description

Random House, Inc. is the world’s trade-book market leader, a commercial and literary powerhouse publishing 10,000 new hardcovers, paperbacks, audio, and electronic books annually in the local languages of 16 countries, and selling 400 million books a y ... more

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Avon Books

President and Agent

Nancy Yost Literary Agency


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Literary Agency


Vice President, Agent
Lowenstein-Yost Associates Inc.

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Nancy Yost, a Las Vegas export, started her literary career in the contracts department at Random House; joined Avon Books as an editor, and worked 15+ years as an agent/v.p. before starting NYLA in 2009, but her passion for books has been lifelong. In addition to being a world class bookworm, she's an avid scuba diver, recovering opera singer, unrepentant animal lover and caffeine addict.

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Nancy Yost started out as a contract editor at Random House, then moved to Avon Books and worked there as an editor from 1986 to 1990. She is now one of three full-time agents at Lowenstein Associates, Inc., who, together, handle more than 150 writers of fiction and non-fiction. There are several reasons why Nancy decided to switch roles.
Nancy carries fifty clients at any one time. That is not to say she is always trying to sell fifty new manuscripts at once. Each of her writers produces one to two books a year and her time is easily manageable. But because she does manage her time well, a manuscript needing a lot of editing work will not interest her.
"It won't be worth my while to take something like that on unless it's perfectly fabulous and I can see major money for it. Some of the agency's well-known clients are Mary Mackey, Meredith Rich, M.C. Beaten, Rebecca Paisley, Emily Carmichael, Carole Berry, and M.D. Lake. One of their newest clients, destined to do well, is Barbara Shapiro, a professor of deviant psychology at Tufts University.
Nancy discovered her suspense/horror manuscript, Shattered Echoes, in the slush pile. It was sold to Avon Paperback and just came out to tremendous reviews. "That's a manuscript I really worked on, and I'm proud of it. We have already sold two more of her novels. Barbara Shapiro hit the market with just the right manuscript atjust the right time. Nancy describes what's hot now: "Really, really good psychological suspense, really really good commercial women's fiction. That's what everyone is looking for.
To contact Nancy initially, send a one-page query letter (two-page max) describing the project you're working on. Be clear and concise. Nancy wants to learn from your letter what kind of book it is (described in one or two lines), another paragraph discussing the plot, whether the manuscript is complete or not, whether you've ever written before, who it is you like to read and a comparison of your book to similar titles. "The latter piece of information always helps because it tells me they know what's out there and they're current. If the query grabs Nancy, expect to receive a phone call from her asking for a synopsis and a partial manuscript -- usually the first 100 pages.
Nancy cautions new writers not to worry about rejection letters.
What impresses Nancy the most is quality -- style, voice, fresh thinking. She's also impressed by a writer who is aware of what publishers are handling, who the current authors are, and by a writer who has done some homework and knows where their manuscript might be best suited.
But Nancy always tries to give writers the benefit of the doubt. "I try to overlook many errors. If someone writes me how their Uncle Henry loved the manuscript, or they tell me the manuscript would make a good movie, I don't let it affect me. If their errors are based on ignorance as to what's appropriate in this industry, I just let it go."
Once Nancy has received a presentable manuscript she talks to editors on the phone before she sends them out. It gives her a chance to feel them out, and it also gives her a chance to express her own enthusiasm for the project. And what better qualities could you hope to find in an agent than enthusiasm for her writers' work?
Lowenstein Associates does not charge a Reading fee; photocopying fees are charged for large submissions (which are usually charged against your account). "If the manuscript is not sold, something we try not to think about, they would be eventually billed for the photocopying. If a writer prefers, he or she can make their own copies and send them to me. " 15% commission on domestic sales, 20% for foreign sales. Agentlauthor contracts are signed once Nancy has made a sale for you. member of AAR.

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Nancy Yost represents a wide variety of writers of commercial fiction, specializing in crime novels; thrillers, mysteries, suspense; historical fiction and historical suspense; and women's fiction of all kinds. Her nonfiction tastes lean to social history and natural science. 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.
Before becoming an agent, Nancy was an editor at Avon Books, and also worked at Random House in contracts. She admits to a brief stint as an opera singer as well, a career which well-qualified her for the drama of the publishing world. She's also a scuba enthusiast and can honestly claim to swim with the sharks.

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