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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.
This is a recurring column I’m calling “7 Things I’ve Learned So Far,” where writers (this installment written by Emmie Mears, represented by agent Jessica Negron) at any stage of their career … Read more
Reminder: New literary agents (with this spotlight featuring Lisa Rodgers of Jabberwocky Literary) are golden opportunities for new writers because each one is a literary agent who is likely building his or … Read more
Worldbuilding for Fantasy and Science Fiction: Aug. 29 Webinar (with Critique) by Bestselling Author Philip Athans
New York Times best-selling author and veteran editor Philip Athans, author of The Guide to Writing Fantasy & Science Fiction (Adams Media 2010), knows his stuff. He is a master of creative … Read more
“How I Got My Agent” is a recurring feature on the Guide to Literary Agents Blog, with this installment featuring W. Luke Everest, author of speculative fiction. These columns are great ways … Read more
It doesn’t matter if you’re writing a quiet novel about old age, a historical romance, or a spy thriller. All writers face the same challenge: how do you keep a reader turning … Read more
Making Your Children’s Book Shine and Stand Out Above the Rest — Aug. 22 Webinar With Critique by Agent Danielle Smith
Picture this: You’re sending your children’s book manuscript off for its very first round of submissions, but you hesitate. Everyone questions their work and often wonder if it’s “finished.” After dozens and … Read more
Before I learned to ride my own motorcycle, I rode a hundred thousand miles on the back of my husband’s. I’d prop a book on his back and read during the boring … Read more
August 26-29 Boot Camp: How to Submit Your Work. Agents at Kimberley Cameron Literary Critique Queries, Synopses, Manuscripts & More
When your submission materials – a query letter, synopsis, manuscript, or book proposal – arrive in an agent’s inbox, they land among hundreds of others. Our all-new August 2013 Writer’s Digest Boot … Read more
UPDATE: It appears that since I wrote this alert a few weeks back, the submissions page on the agency website now says “No unsolicited queries.” You can check that page from time … Read more
“Agent Advice” (this installment featuring agent Frank Weimann of Folio Literary Management) is a series of quick interviews with literary agents and script agents who talk with Guide to Literary Agents about … Read more
This is a recurring column I’m calling “7 Things I’ve Learned So Far,” where writers (this installment written by Liz Tolsma, author of SNOW ON THE TULIPS) at any stage of their … Read more
1. Stay scared. If you want to really scare people with your writing, you need to keep your fear close. You need to experience that fear. Often. Memory is a poor substitute … Read more
Steampunk is a subgenre of science fiction that, as the name suggests, comes from the idea that technology never developed beyond steampunk. The science can deviate a bit from there, but that’s … Read more
While this is not technically a New Agent Alert because she’s not new, literary agent Julie Just of Pippin Properties reached out to me, because she just switched agencies and wants to … Read more
Amazing First Lines: How to Write Great Openings — Aug 15 Webinar With Critique by Agent John Cusick
Using examples from young adult fiction, literature, pop culture, film, and television, this 1-hour presentation will explore the craft of startling, intriguing, and unforgettable openings. Discover how to capture and hold a … Read more
“How I Got My Agent” is a recurring feature on the Guide to Literary Agents Blog, with this installment featuring Amy Gail Hansen, author of THE BUTTERFLY SISTER. These columns are great … Read more
Here’s another example of a fiction synopsis. This time it’s THE WAY, WAY BACK (2013), and, yes, the synopsis below has spoilers. If this were a book, it would probably span the … Read more
1. Because it’s fun. If you don’t enjoy writing short stories, then never mind: you probably shouldn’t be doing it. But if you’re avoiding writing them because you believe that you have … Read more
This is a recurring column I’m calling “7 Things I’ve Learned So Far,” where writers (this installment written by Charlie Lovett, author of THE BOOKMAN’S TALE) at any stage of their career … Read more
Reminder: New literary agents (with this spotlight featuring Sharon Pelletier of Dystel & Goderich) are golden opportunities for new writers because each one is a literary agent who is likely building his … Read more
Writing the Thriller: The Secrets to Keeping Readers Up All Night — Aug. 8 Webinar by James Scott Bell
Thrillers are enormously popular today, constantly appearing on bestseller lists every week. To write them successfully you need more than a penchant for action—you must understand the foundations of what makes the … Read more
Not long ago there was an article in one of the writers’ magazines that suggested writers need to work outside academia to gain a broader perspective on life and, consequently, appeal to … Read more