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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.


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How I Got My Agent: Kristin O’Donnell Tubb

"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...

What is a "Boutique" Literary Agency?

Q. What is a “boutique” literary agency?        – Joan A. “Boutique” is a strange word agents use when their agencies are small and/or specialized.  See, there are a decent number of big agencies out there, with big-name clients, closing big-time deals.  And then there are plenty of smaller agencies in pockets here and there, handling...

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Agent Advice: Laura Bradford of the Bradford Literary Agency

This installment features literary agent Laura Bradford of the Bradford Literary Agency, who specializes in romance. She has 13 years of professional experience as a literary agent, editor, writer and bookseller. Laura began her career as a literary agent at Manus and Associates Literary Agency and is a member of the Romance Writers of...

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How I Got My Agent: Jess Haines

"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...

Talking Nonfiction: Word Count and Promotion

Here are some questions that came in recently.  Both hadto do with nonfiction. Q. For nonfiction: Once the book is published, is the author required to keep a website going about themselves & the product? Or does agent do all promoting? A. Great question.  An agent will do little to nothing in terms of...

Meeting Agents at Conferences – Make a Good Impression

Here's a bit of advice you probably thought I would never say ... When you're at a writers' conference, and there are agents there, don't be afraid to not pitch them. Wait a second. Back up. Let me explain. At conferences, there are designated "pitch times" where writers meet with agents, or perhaps there's some...

GLA Blog Turns 2

This week in June brings not only my real birthday around, but also the birthday of this GLA blog, which began two years ago. Since I’ve posted stuff for two years, I started to realize that there is a lot of good older posts and columns on the blog that are kind of buried...

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How I Got My Agent: Jennifer Lawler

"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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My Conference Adventures in Wyoming…

Just got back from the 2009 Wyoming Writers Annual Conference in Casper, WY. Good conference! Attendance was up this year and almost all of the writers I met were very passionate about what they were doing. It's almost energizing to be among writers who just love to write.

Talking Agent Queries With Wendy Burt-Thomas

I was fortunate enough to talk recently with “Query Queen” Wendy Burt-Thomas, who authored the new book, The Writer’s Digest Guide to Query Letters. To learn more about Wendy or her three books, visitwww.GuideToQueryLetters.com.  Below you will find some helpful Q&A with Wendy about sending queries to agents. GLA: Regarding queries to agents, when...

Re-Query an Agent About the Same Project?

Q. Under what conditions, if any, can a writer approach a particular agent more than once with the same project? How much of the original concept, platform, etc., has to change to warrant a second query? A: It would have to be a substantial change in order to warrant another attempt.  I see writers...

Writer's Digest Editors' Intensive Event: June 20-21

The next Writer’s Digest Editors’ Intensive Event will be held here inCincinnati at our Writer’s Digest headquarters, June 20-21, 2009. These special intensives, held four times per year, invite writers to come in and get personal attention for both them and their manuscript.  After a full day of presentations and sessions on Saturday, you...

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Agent Advice: Jennifer Weltz of Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency

This installment features Jennifer Weltz of the Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency. Seeking and submissions: She specializes in compelling historicals and thrillers that stand out from the crowd as well as women’s fiction with a taste of the unusual and an emotional tug. She also works with middle grade and picture books where...

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Page 2 News: A Smattering of Info

Here are some news bits that are cool but didn't necessitate their own post: Come to the Wyoming Writers' Conference! I'll be teaching and meeting with writers this weekend (June 5-7) at this conference, held in the scenic Mountain West. Literary agent Meredith Kaffel will be there taking pitches...

READER QUESTION: Will There Be A Pitchfest in New York?

Hey, folks– Wanted to respond to Rosetta‘s Great American Pitchfest question from a couple days ago… “When will an event like this [or at least similar to it] be available in the New York City region?… I learned about this coming event a little too late to plan to attend and would like to...

A Quick Post re: Pitchfest

Hey, guys– I’ve gotten some emails and questions about Pitchfest, so just wanted to respond real fast… 1)  Rosetta– I’m not sure if/when Pitchfest itself is coming to New York… lemme sniff around a bit.  I’ll also try to round up some info on some other pitch festivals, or similar events, and get it...

Sell Your Movie or TV Show… and Say Hello… at Pitchfest!

Hey, everyone– Just wanted to invite you all to next month’s annual Great American PitchFest, where I’ll be speaking and doing pitch and project consultations. For those of you who haven’t been to PitchFest, it’s a two-day festival where writers, producers, directors, and other filmmakers can take classes, network, and pitch their ideas to...

You Must Edit Before You Submit to Literary Agents

One question I get a lot during conference seminars is “How do I know when my work is done and ready to send out?”  Obviously, there is no magic answer for this, but the question itself touches on something very important: self-editing.  Writers know they have to write the book, and they know they...