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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.

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

The Writer’s Digest Writers’ Conference is Almost Here!

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It’s Memorial Day, and I am in the office scrambling to get all kinds of little things done before leaving tomorrow for the Big Apple. Read more

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, … Read more

How I Got My Agent: Lisa Janice Cohen


“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 literaryagent@fwmedia.com and we’ll talk specifics.

Lisa Janice Cohen is an author of both YA and adult novels. Read more

Is a Quick or Slow Response Time a Sign?

Q. I submitted a query to an agent (with the exact info she requested from the WM site). I expected a response in 3 weeks.  I got a very detailed and polite … Read more

New Agent Alert: Chasya Milgrom of Dystel & Goderich

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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.

Areas of interest: literary fiction, fiction with a splash of irony and humor, psychology, narrative nonfiction, politics, history and pop culture. Read more

How I Got My Agent: Chuck Sambuchino


“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 literaryagent@fwmedia.com and we’ll talk specifics.
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Will Agents Try to Scam You With Small Costs?

Q. Any red flags to look for regarding cost reimbursements (mailings, etc.) in case they try to make money that way? A: As a refresher for everyone, you never want to pay … Read more

Why Do Agents Have to Love a Book to Take It On?

Q. Why do agents need to “love” a book?  Can’t they simply recognize commercial viability without loving it, and take on a project on that basis alone?        – Anonymous A: … Read more

Agent Advice: Greg Daniel of Daniel Literary Group


This installment features Greg Daniel of Daniel Literary Group.

He is Seeking: religious and inspirational works of both fiction and nonfiction. He also accepts nonfiction that has no religious angle. Read more

Agents and the Slushpile: 10 Reasons They Stop Reading

My friend Kerrie Flanagan, who runs the Northern Colorado Writers’ Conference (in Fort Collins) recently pointed me to a guest blog column on her site.  The guest column examined a session at … Read more

New Agency Alert: Doug Grad Literary Agency, Inc.

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He’s probably a little bit busy in his new transition from editor to agent, but you should take note of Doug Grad, who has created the newly-formed Doug Grad Literary Agency. Read more

Are There Any Guys in SCBWI?

I’ve done a lot of nonfiction writing, but I am a newbie to the children’s writing world and am trying to get involved and learn things and make friends, etc.  All this … Read more

Should You Mention Your Age in a Book Query?

Q. How old do you need to be in order to publish a book? Is there a specific age limit?         – Stacia A. There is no age limit, Stacia.  Didn’t … Read more

New Agency Alert: Kirsten Neuhaus Literary

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Kirsten Neuhaus, who has worked at a few agencies in recent years, has recently broke out on her own.

She is seeking: Nonfiction, particularly current events, international affairs, pop cultural studies, and narratives with strong female voices, as well as up-market, commercial fiction. Read more

Conference Spotlight: Wyoming Writers Annual Conference

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I need to give a shout out to the Wyoming Writers Annual Conference, a June 2009 event at which I’ll be presenting. The conference looks like a scenic opportunity for writers to get to the Mountain West, breathe some fresh air, and get plenty of writing and networking done. Read more

Cover Band Soap Opera: Don't Mess With Kim, Our Sound Tech

At my last cover band show, we had a crazy drunk guy who was pretty out of control.  Unfortunately, our lead singer thought it wise to let Mr. Drunk up onstage early … Read more

Agent Advice: Jim McCarthy of Dystel & Goderich


This installment features Jim McCarthy of Dystel & Goderich. Jim interned for DGLM while studying urban design at New York University.

Seeking: “literary and commercial works. He is particularly interested in literary women’s fiction, underrepresented voices, mysteries, romance, paranormal fiction, and anything unusual or unexpected. In addition to fiction he is also interested in narrative nonfiction, humor, memoir, paranormal nonfiction, and anything related to architecture, planning, or real estate.”
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New Agency Alert: Priot Entertainment Group

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I just got word that agent Donna Bagdasarian, who was formerly with both Vigliano Associates and the Maria Carvainis Agency, has started a new agency: Priot Entertainment Group. She is actively building her list with this new agency. Read more

Agents Talk Synopses, Literary Journals and More in Interview


I really enjoy the “Agents & Editors” series in Poets & Writers magazine. I just read the most recent article, and you should, too, because it’s here online for free. Agents sit down in kind of a roundtable discussion and talk about publishers, queries, writing and everything else. Read more

Some Tips on Memoir, Part 2: Include a Book Proposal? You're Not Gonna Like This But I Say Yes

As my boss Jane Friedman once said, there are three reasons a memoir will sell. 1. Celebrity.  If you’re a famous politician or actor or business guru, you can sell a memoir. … Read more

Agent Advice: Kate McKean of Howard Morhaim Literary Agency, Inc.


This installment features Kate McKean of Howard Morhaim Literary Agency, Inc. A native Southerner, Kate earned her Master’s degree in Fiction Writing from the University of Southern Mississippi before starting her career as a literary agent.

She is seeking: Her interests lie in literary fiction, contemporary women’s fiction, paranormal romance, urban fantasy, mystery, young adult and middle grade fiction, narrative nonfiction, sports related books, food writing, pop culture, and craft. Read more

Some Tips on Memoir, Part 1: Don't Combine It With Self-Help

I spent a lot of time this past weekend at a writers’ conference talking to people who were writing memoir, and I want to share some conversations we had. First of all, … Read more

Literary Agents Tell All at Boston Conference


I just returned from Muse & the Marketplace, which is a writers’ conference held in downtown Boston. The event seemed to be a big success and I gave two presentations – one on query letters to agents, and another on nonfiction book proposals. Read more

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