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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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...

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The Biggest Mistake New Writers Make

I wrote the first draft of my novel by hand, which I realize is slightly insane. Every morning I would wake up at five o’clock (or as I like to call it, o’dark o’clock), write three pages, and then go on with my day. Well, that’s a very simplified version, but for the sake...

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14 Literary Agents Seeking Memoir 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 memoir. All the agents listed below personally confirmed to me as of July 2016 that they...

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New Literary Agent Alert: Suzy Evans of Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency

Reminder: New literary agents (with this spotlight featuring Suzy Evans of Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency) are golden opportunities for new writers because each one is a literary agent who is likely building his or her client list. About Suzy: Suzy is an attorney, author, and agent who holds a Ph.D. in history from UC Berkeley. Her most recent books include MACHIAVELLI...

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Synopsis Example (Crime/Noir): “The Big Easy”

This time it's The Big Easy (1987), a crime/noir story. There's a lot of New Orleans flavor in this story that I had to nix here, as a synopsis is not designed to show the spice, but rather the three acts. It was important to show Remy's arc, more than explain the small, interesting...

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7 Ways To Make Your Own Luck

Serendipity may be unpredictable by nature, but there are ways you can prepare for it and even help to “create” your own serendipitous moments. Column by Paula Whyman, author of YOU MAY SEE A STRANGER (May 2016, Triquarterly). Paula Whyman’s fiction has appeared in many journals including McSweeney’s Quarterly, Ploughshares, and Virginia Quarterly Review, and in anthologies...