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.


Literary Agent Interview: Alec Shane of Writers House

Literary agent Alec Shane (Writers House) nonfiction reads in humor, biography, history (particularly military history), true crime, “guy” reads, and all things sports. And in fiction: mystery, thriller, suspense, horror, historical fiction, literary fiction, and books geared toward young male readers (both YA and MG).


New Literary Agent Alert: Sue Miller of Donaghy Literary Group

Reminder: New literary agents (with this spotlight featuring Sue Miller of Donaghy Literary Group) are golden opportunities for new writers because each one is a literary agent who is likely building his or her client list.   About Sue: Sue Miller is an Associate Agent at Donaghy Literary Group, with a special love for...


Why Write a Collaborative Novel? Why Not?

When we tell people we’ve co-authored a literary novel, the first thing almost everyone says is: “And you’re still friends? How on earth did you manage that?” It’s as if they imagine collaborative fiction as a kind of three-legged race: goofy and fun at an office picnic, but ill suited to a serious runner....


Get to Know Literary Agent John Cusick, Who Just Moved to Folio Literary Management

"I’m particularly focused on finding great fiction for middle-grade and teen audiences. I love contemporary realism, fantasy, realistic stories with a fantastical twist, and really anything with imagination and heart. I work with first-time authors as well as veteran writers, and am always on the prowl for fresh voices. I’m seeking for author/illustrators and...


7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Karim Dimechkie

When I Think It’s Done, It’s Not. I honestly can’t count how many times I’ve thought my novel was complete, both while writing Lifted by the Great Nothing and the current book I’m working on. It only requires a short break to realize how far from done the book really is.


On Pencils and Process

**GIVEAWAY! Benjamin is excited to give away a free copy of his novel to a random commenter. Comment within 2 weeks.** I love pencils. I wrote every draft of The Last Pilot using Staedtler’s traditional HB; a fantastic pencil.


7 Things I Learned Mid-Book

I should have been barreling along in my nonfiction book, Challenges in Writing Your Dissertation, in strict obedience to my schedule for the deadline in the contract’s pdf stone. But I could only slouch at my desk and stare beyond the screen, with little groans escaping from my throat. I pecked a phrase, deleted...


Agent Adds & Cancellations for WDC 2015

Here is a list of changes for the Aug. 1, 2015 Writer’s Digest Conference Pitch Slam. Attendees should feel free to write this info down or print this info off. CANCELED: Thomas Flannery Jr Sarah Nagel Linda Camacho Catherine Luttinger Jill Grosjean Steve Kasdin Cara Mannion Connor Goldsmith – out first session, present for...


Traveling Back to Look Ahead at the Future of War

The two of us didn’t meet until we were in our 30s, but both grew up on a similar diet of science fiction, techno-thrillers and sprawling war stories. We’d prepare for summer vacation trips by getting a stack of books from the library... GIVEAWAY: August and Peter are excited to give away a free copy...


5 Negative Voices and How to Shush Them

1. “Did you just write that? That’s pretty terrible. Kind of the worst, actually. Wait, do you even have an MFA?” Variations of this sentence will snake through your brain and disturb your thoughts many times during the writing process. I’d like to say there is some algebraic equation to eviscerate this kind of...


New Literary Agent Alert: Laura Mamelok of Susanna Lea Associates

She is seeking: Laura is primarily interested in literary fiction, high-end commercial fiction, women’s fiction, literary crime/thrillers, and young adult fiction with crossover appeal. On the nonfiction side, she is looking for narrative nonfiction, current affairs/journalism, memoir, and humor. She's drawn to international stories and settings, in both fiction and nonfiction. Above all, she...


New Literary Agent Alert: Amanda O’Connor of Trident Media

She is seeking: Amanda is continuously building her client list in general-interest and upmarket nonfiction, spirituality and wellness, and literary fiction. She looks for the “wisdom factor” across genres and disciplines, especially authors who have an expertise they are eager to share with the world. Her favored subjects include (but are not limited to)...


3 Common Author Platform Mistakes — Plus How to Fix Them

When you hear the word “platform,” do you feel dread or excitement? Do you see social media and blogs as forced self-promotion or as an opportunity for conversation with readers? It’s an important question these days. More and more, the theory of an author platform—the idea that an author should communicate directly with readers...