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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.
A term I’ve heard with increasing frequency is “literary citizen.” It is usually spoken of along with an admonition to be a good one. But how exactly are we supposed to be … Read more
“How I Got My Agent” is a recurring feature on the Guide to Literary Agents Blog, with this installment featuring Elizabeth Huergo, author of THE DEATH OF FIDEL PEREZ. These columns are … Read more
This is a recurring column I’m calling “7 Things I’ve Learned So Far,” where writers (this installment written by Natasha Solomons, author of THE GALLERY OF VANISHED HUSBANDS) at any stage of … Read more
My Writing Life: GNOME ATTACK Mentioned by Mental Floss, and I’m Signing Books at Cincinnati’s Book Festival on Oct. 12, 2013
Some news from my writing life: First off, I will be signing books at Cincinnati’s huge book festival, Books by the Banks, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, … Read more
Although this is not technically a New Agent Alert because agent Anna Olswanger of Liza Dawson Associates is not new, but it resembles one because Anna confirmed to me that she is … Read more
1. Open a new Word document. 2. Save it as tentative book title. 3. Wonder if any other books have this title 4. Check Twitter. 5. Google tentative book title. 6. Feel … Read more
“Agent Advice” (this installment featuring agent Brian J. Wood) is a series of quick interviews with literary agents and script agents who talk with Guide to Literary Agents about their thoughts on … Read more
We have a very special new contest going down right now on the GLA Blog. Here’s the deal. On Broadway right now, there is an awesome play adapted from John Grisham’s novel, … Read more
I didn’t get my agent the traditional way. I tried the traditional way, of course. I sent queries, I sent chapters, I sent samples and stories and clever letters, but they didn’t … Read more
“How I Got My Agent” is a recurring feature on the Guide to Literary Agents Blog, with this installment featuring Richard Ellis Preston, author of ROMULUS BUCKLE & THE CITY OF FOUNDERS. … Read more
Reminder: New literary agents (with this spotlight featuring Adam Muhlig of McIntosh & Otis) are golden opportunities for new writers because each one is a literary agent who is likely building his … Read more
Write Great Openings for Young Adult or Middle Grade Novels: Oct. 3 Webinar (With Critique!) by Agent Carlie Webber
The opening of your novel sets the stage for everything you want to accomplish. You only have one chance to establish a memorable voice and get readers to follow your characters into … Read more
This is a recurring column I’m calling “7 Things I’ve Learned So Far,” where writers (this installment written by Jeanne, author of HER BOYFRIEND’S BONES) at any stage of their career can … Read more
There is no writer, no matter how famous and fabulous, who doesn’t deal with rejection. One might say that the difference between a published writer and an unpublished writer is that one … Read more
Querying 101: Putting Your Best Book Forward — New Sept. 26 Webinar (With Critique) by Agent Jennifer De Chiara
Maybe you’re the next Stephen King, maybe you’ve written a New York Times bestseller, but if you don’t know how to query, no one will ever know. Learning how to write a … Read more
Prior to working with Susan Swinwood, senior editor of Mira Books, my only experience with editors dated back to my college days. A short story called “ The Sand Castle” was picked … Read more
Readers of my blog know that I constantly feature new literary agents who are seeking clients and queries. Occasionally, I also spotlight established agents who put out a call for submissions, and … Read more
This is a recurring column I’m calling “7 Things I’ve Learned So Far,” where writers (this installment written by M.M. Vaughan, author of THE ABILITY) at any stage of their career can … Read more
“How I Got My Agent” is a recurring feature on the Guide to Literary Agents Blog, with this installment featuring Monica Wesolowska, author of HOLDING SILVAN [a memoir]. These columns are great … Read more