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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.
For the first time ever this past weekend, we opened the doors here at F+W Media to a large gathering of writers for a small conference on the business and craft of writing. I’m pleased to say the event was a success. I, for one, was wondering how the whole thing would go down – being that such an event was brand new. But everything went smoothly and that was nice. Read more
Greenhouse Literary, a cool newer agency started by Brit Sarah Davies, has recently snagged a new agent: Julia Churchill. Like Sarah, Julia hails from the UK . I’m not sure if Julia will be taking on American authors, but her joining Greenhouse means that Sarah will have more time to devote to American writers, so that’s good news for juvenile writers. Read more
From Dec. 15 through Jan. 15, Firebrand Literary will not be accepting submissions in the normal “Query First” manner. Rather, they will be accepting and reviewing complete first chapters of manuscripts. This is … Read more
Literary agent (and super blogger) Nathan Bransford of Curtis Brown in San Francisco is hosting another contest. This one is called “The 2nd Sort-of-Annual Stupendously Ultimate First Paragraph Challenge.” Basically, it’s a … Read more
Almost seems too cool to be true, but I hope it’s not…
Below is a press release about a new contest where the winner gets an awesome writing retreat in Costa Rica. No money for entry is necessary. You just have to have a certain degree in school. Read more
Q. I just have a brief question. I have read several articles regarding submissions of material to agents and how to write query letters, but none of the articles say if I … Read more
I first met literary ageny Michael Mancilla in New York in 2007. He founded a cool, newer agency called Greystone, but the agency closed after a few years. Fortunately, it has recently … Read more
Jennifer Jackson, a literary agent with the Donald Maass Literary Agency in NYC, is offering a critique of up to 50 pages of a manuscript as well as up to 10 pages … Read more
The world of literary agents seems divided into sub-worlds: there is New York, there is California, and there is a smattering of boroughs and burgs in between. For better or worse, New York literary agents have often been stereotyped as aggressive, pushy and relentless. Underlying that notion is another: New York agents are the ones that will move your book along, get it in front of the right editors and get it into print. Of course, that implies another consideration: If you ain’t got a New York agent, you ain’t got squat. Read more
In my mind, there are four tiers of agents in terms of how ethical and reputable they are. Here is how I break it down to keep it simple. It’s over-simplified, but … Read more
This post is just for those special few who have struggled to contact an agency such as Jellinek & Murray, an agency in Hawaii that no one, apparently, can ever get a … Read more
This installment features Mary Sue Seymour, of The Seymour Agency.
She is seeking: Mary is looking for new clients who write any type of romance including historical, contemporary category, contemporary mainstream, suspense, paranormal, regency or inspirational. She wants nonfiction about real life heroes, prescriptive books, cookbooks, and basically any type of nonfiction by credentialed authors. She is looking for Christian books of any type. Read more
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.
She is seeking: Nonfiction – archeology, art/photography/architecture, child guidance/parenting, coffee table books, education/academics, gardening, health/medicine, science/technology, law, religion, memoirs, sociology. Read more
Nat Sobel, an agent at Sobol Weber Associates, was recently featured in a long interview in Poets & Writers. magazine. Read more
Q. As a rule, when an agent leaves an agency, does she take her client list with her? Or is the author a property of the agency? – Lori A. The … Read more
Q. I want to write a story about my life (very unusual circumstances), but I can’t completely recall all the details with regard to signifigant events: What day was my son taken … Read more
Q. Many agents make certain stipulations that, rightly or wrongly, one assumes to be common to them all, creating a great deal of confusion for the newcomer. These stipulations include: 1) … Read more
Editor’s note: Jenny Rappaport is no longer agenting. Don’t query her. Read more
Q. What is the average length of a novella? And is it’pitched’ to literary agents the same way novels are ‘pitched’? – Gene A. Novellas generally run 20,000-50,000 words. About … Read more
There’s a new writing event here in Cincinnati. Check it out!
What: Writer’s Digest University: Editors’ Intensive. Your exclusive chance to learn first-hand from publishing experts! Read more
This is a response to a recent post(below) about copyright and protecting your work. Q: I am puzzled. You state in your coverage of copyright that a writer should not put text … Read more
Appleseeds Management, a California-based literary and talent agency, is no longer in business. I got a letter from the founder, S. James Foiles, saying so. Take note if they were on your … Read more
Hey, folks— Today’s Pitch Workshop entry comes from Mary S., who sends in a logline for her feature romantic comedy. Take a look… First of all—Mary, thank you so much for sending … Read more
Many fledgling writers understand the value of manuscript reviews and taking classes at a professional writers’ conference, but few understand the true potential impact of networking outside of the traditional formats. If you have a big salesperson personality and tend to meet people easily, networking will be a natural for you. If you’re a bit shy and reserved, think of outward communication as part of your job: Bite the bullet and take the initiative to speak to those around you. The majority of those in attendance are aspiring writers like yourself; who more perfect to understand you?
Guest blog by Han Vance, a freelance writer specializing in local cultural analysis. Topics include local geographical cultures, travel, cities, transportation, painters, music, sport and food. Read more
Andrea Hurst Literary Management, a Sacramento-based agency run by the talented Andrea Hurst, has a new official rep, Amberly Finarelli, looking for clients. She is currently looking for new clients in the following areas:
Nonfiction: humor/gift books, crafts, how-to (financial, house and home, health and beauty, weddings), relationships/advice, self-help, psychology, travel writing, narrative nonfiction.
Fiction: Commercial women’s fiction; comic and cozy mysteries; literary fiction with a focus on the arts, culture, and/or history; contemporary young adult. Read more