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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.


Leah's '12 Points of Contracts'

Look for an upcoming interview on this blog with Dorchester books editor Leah Hultenschmidt.  Typically, I interview agents only, yes, but I met Leah at a conference in Italy last year and you can just tell immediately that this editor knows her stuff inside and out.  Very smart lady, and I wanted to get...

Should You Meet an Agent In Person After Signing?

Q. Once you have an agent – would you meet with them in person often or is most contact done via phone and e-mail? A: You could meet them in person, and it would be nice, but it’s not necessary. Sometimes, it’s just not practical if you’re in Fort Worth and she’s in Manhattan....

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How I Got My Agent: Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen

"How I Got My Agent" is a recurring feature on the GLA blog. Some tales are of long roads and many setbacks, while others are of good luck and quick signings. If you have a literary agent and would be interested in writing a short guest column for this GLA blog, e-mail me at...

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Agent Jennifer Laughran Talks Juvenile Writing

This is a "Blast From the Past" post. To celebrate the GLA Blog's 2nd birthday, I am re-posting some of the best "older" content that writers likely missed. Since I hope to one day write juvenile fiction, I sat in on a session at the San Francisco WC where agent Jennifer Laughran of Andrea Brown...

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New Agent Alert: Jacquie Flynn of Joelle Delbourgo Associates

Reminder: Newer agents are golden opportunities for new writers because they’re likely building their client list; however, always make sure your work is as perfect as it can be before submitting, and only query agencies that are a great fit for your work. Otherwise, you’re just wasting time and postage. Nonfiction areas of interest: business...

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How I Got My Agent: Alice J. Wisler

"How I Got My Agent" is a recurring feature on the GLA blog. Some tales are of long roads and many setbacks, while others are of good luck and quick signings. If you have a literary agent and would be interested in writing a short guest column for this GLA blog, e-mail me at...

17 Reasons Why Book Manuscripts Are Rejected

This post has been up for a while, but I just now saw it so I want to give it a shout out.  It’s a  post over on The Adventurous Writer blog talking about 17 Reasons Why Book Manuscripts Are Rejected.  The answers come from agents and editors alike.  It’s a very good post. ...

New WD Writing Prompts Blog! (and a Cool Webinar Coming Up)

Zac Petit, my coworker and all-around awesome guy, has started a brand new blog dedicated to writing prompts.  He will be posting prompts three times a week and the best writer response this week will collect several writing books as a prize.  Sounds pretty sweet – check it out! Query Letter, Anyone? Also, my...

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How to Write a Novel Synopsis

- First of all, synopses have a specific format. They begin on a new page and should have all your contact information in the upper left corner of the first page. Just below your contact info, centered, should be the book’s title, its genre and your name. - The body of the synopsis is double-spaced. -...

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New Agent Alert: Stephanie Maclean of Trident Media Group

Update (January 2010): It appears Stephanie has left Trident. I do not know if she is agenting elsewhere. Reminder: Newer agents are golden opportunities for new writers because they’re likely building their client list; however, always make sure your work is as perfect as it can be before submitting, and only query agencies that are...

How to Establish a Connection With an Agent

Previously, I wrote about the three basic parts of a query letter to an agent.  In part one (the first paragraph), I recommend explaining two things: what the book is and why you’re contacting the agent.  To address this second aspect, I thought I’d mention the most common ways to establish a “connection” with...

Around the WD Properties: 7-7-09

Here is a look at things going onaround the Writer’s Digest worldand more. Call for Submissions! The editorial staff of Writer’s Digest Market Books is now open to queries for the 2010 editions of Photographer’s Market, Songwriter’s Market and Artist’s & Graphic Designer’s Market (which will be published in October 2009). These books, similar to...

Is a Literary Scout Like a Literary Agent?

Q. What does a literary scout do?       – Geoffrey A. A literary scout is someone who, simply put, reads a lot and looks for excellent works.  A literary scout may work for foreign publishers.  They read all the new books coming out—fiction and nonfiction—and try to pick out the works that have the...

Questions About Writing Memoir…

Q. I’m a first time author, and have written a memoir about my autistic  son.  How important is having a platform for a memoir?  I keep  hearing that memoir is treated like fiction.  I’m wondering if my query letter might be the reason for rejections.  I’m getting no response.  Can I re-query with my...

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My Adventures in Jackson Hole …

Just got back from the Jackson Hole Writers’ Conference, and a nine-day, two-conference travel tour. The second stop was Wyoming, and I was instructing at the JHWC and also critiquing work from writers. I got to kick off the entire conference taking Q&A about magazine craft and business with Peoplestaffer Allison Adato.

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How I Got My Agent: Lisa Dale

"How I Got My Agent" is a recurring feature on the GLA blog. Some tales are of long roads and many setbacks, while others are of good luck and quick signings. If you have a literary agent and would be interested in writing a short guest column for this GLA blog, e-mail me at...

To Follow Up or Not To Follow Up…

Q. If you don’t mind, I’ve got a quick question.  You indicated in one of your talks to us that it was probably okay to re-query an agent if he or she had not responded to your initial e-mail query after about a month or so (and hadn’t stated somewhere that no response meant...

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My Adventures in St. Simon’s Island …

Presented at the Southeastern Writers Workshop in St. Simon's Island, GA this week. It was fun. St. Simon's is one of four islands off the coast of Georgia and there is a fun mix down there of old Southern culture and wildlife with new touristy stuff to do. Man, it was HOT. Arrived to...