Chuck Sambuchino’s Guide to Literary Agents Blog

Chuck Sambuchino is an editor and published author who runs the Guide to Literary Agents Blog, one of the biggest blogs in publishing. His site has instruction and information on literary agents, literary agencies, query letters, submissions, publishing, author platform, book marketing, and more.


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The Lure of Domestic Noir

Domestic noir is a growing genre. Given successes such as Paula Hawkin’s GIRL ON A TRAIN and Gillian Flynn’s GONE GIRL, it appears that regular domestic situations are a fertile breeding ground for suspense thrillers. Everyday dramas play out around the kitchen tables and the bedrooms of family homes. In fact, generally speaking, the more...

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5 Ways to Be a More Mindful Writer

Great writing flows most easily from a place of inner clarity and calm. But with all the stimulation and stress in our overscheduled lives, it’s hard to slow down long enough to think clearly, much less creatively. Mindfulness can help. Column by Deborah Sosin, MSW, MFA, author of CHARLOTTE AND THE QUIET PLACE (Sept....

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9 Literary Agents Seeking Horror NOW

Sometimes it’s difficult to pinpoint which agents are open to submissions at any given time. So with that in mind, I’m creating some new vertical lists of agents seeking queries right now, as of summer 2016. This list is for horror novels. All the agents listed below personally confirmed to me as of August 2016...

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3 Questions to Ask When Revising

When I reached the end of my first draft of ASSASSIN’S HEART, the story was in place, but I knew I had to bring out and uncover other elements, like themes, setting, and especially character arcs. Column by Sarah Ahiers, author of ASSASSIN’S HEART (Feb. 2, 2016, HarperTeen). Sarah has an MFA in Writing for Children...

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Agent Additions and Cancellations to WDC16 in New York

If you are reading this, you are likely an attendee at the 2016 Writer’s Digest Conference in New York, which is happening this weekend August 12-14. We have about 60-65 literary agents attending our Saturday Pitch Slam event, and there have been many additions as well as some cancellations since the print programs were...

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10 Literary Agents Seeking Picture Books NOW

Sometimes it’s difficult to pinpoint which agents are open to submissions at any given time. So with that in mind, I’m creating some new vertical lists of agents seeking queries right now, as of summer 2016. This list is for children’s picture books. All the agents listed below personally confirmed to me as of...

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New Literary Agent Alert: Shannon Powers of McIntosh & Otis, Inc.

Currently Seeking: She is open to both lighter projects and projects with a darker edge. For adult, her reading interests include literary fiction, mystery, horror, popular history, and romance. In YA and middle grade, she is searching for mysteries and thrillers with high emotional stakes, projects with romantic elements (whether fun or angsty), horror,...

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Tunesday Vol. 6 – Answers and Winner Revealed

Thank you to all who participated in Vol. 6 of WD’s Tunesday, which is a Name That Tune Contest with writing prizes. Vol. 6’s winner is Kelly Barina. She was chosen randomly from all the participants who guessed at least 8 songs correct. She gets a free critique and book from me. Meanwhile, here...

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3 Lessons I Learned about Realism from Mentor Texts

I never took a creative writing class; I don’t have an MFA. But, as an English professor, I read for a living, and I have learned almost everything I know about writing from mentor texts (texts that teach us how to write). When I was young, I read all the time. I read everything....

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8 Literary Agents Seeking Graphic Novels NOW

Sometimes it’s difficult to pinpoint which agents are open to submissions at any given time. So with that in mind, I’m creating some new vertical lists of agents seeking queries right now, as of summer 2016. This list is for graphic novels. All the agents listed below personally confirmed to me as of July 2016 that...

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5 Things for Writers to Look for in a Day Job

It might seem strange to have a post about what to look for in a day job on a publishing advice blog. After all, often the dream is to write full time. Day jobs are just a distraction, right? Realistically, though, it’s hard to earn a living from writing fiction full time, and many...

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5 Writers Discuss the Writing Life

As DEATH AT THE DAY LILY CAFE, the second in the Rosalie Hart mystery series, reaches publication, I have been reflecting on the path I followed to getting published. Yes, I found a terrific agent and fell into the hands of a talented editor at Minotaur, but the first step was joining a critique...

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5 Literary Agents Seeking Steampunk NOW

Sometimes it’s difficult to pinpoint which agents are open to submissions at any given time. So with that in mind, I’m creating some new vertical lists of agents seeking queries right now, as of summer 2016. This list is for steampunk. All the agents listed below personally confirmed to me as of July 2016 that they...