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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.


Are Older Agents Better?

Q. Can you tell me how I can find an agent with experience who is over 50 years old?  I’m an experienced, published, academic writer (over 50) transitioning into lyrically-written fiction from … Read more

Around the WD Properties: January 22, 2008

Here are some great thingshappening around the otherWriter’s Digest properties: Writing a Nonfiction Book Proposal? WD Editorial Director Jane Friedman is teaching a new webinar titled 3 Secrets to Getting Your Nonfiction … Read more

Do You Need to Find an Illustrator Before Querying an Agent?

Q. Good morning! I have written a small collection of short stories designed to read to young children and I have questions about illustrations.  I am wondering what the advantages are in … Read more

READER QUESTION: How Much Info About Future Episodes Should I Include with My Spec Pilot?

Hey, everyone— Today’s reader question comes from Merik, who writes… “I have been writing my second feature script and I am half way through. As I got to page 60, I realized … Read more

Conference Spotlight: Reno Writers’ Conference

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In two months, I’ll be off to Reno, NV, to present at the Reno Writers Conference at Truckee Meadows Community College. I first heard good things about this conference from agent Andrea Hurst, who runs her own agency in nearby Sacramento. Read more

Regarding E-Queries to Agents

Q. When an agent asks that a “query letter” be submitted “by e-mail,” does that mean that I should send an appropriately-formatted letter on my stationery as a pdf, or should it … Read more

PITCH WORKSHOP: Wendy's feedback (Entry #9)

I wanted to take today to respond to Wendy’s sitcom idea, “Three-Two-One,” which she submitted to the pitch workshop last month.  First of all—Wendy, thanks so much for submitting this!  And another … Read more

Agent Stephen Barbara Moves to Foundry Literary + Media

We just reported a few months ago that literary agent Mollie Glick left the Jean V. Naggar Lit Agency and headed to Foundry Literary + Media.  Now, the word from Galleycat is … Read more

Formatting Queries Question…

Q. Hi Chuck.  I noticed in your book, Guide to Literary Agents, you say writers should include their contact information in the upper righthand corner of the query letter, but in the … Read more

Can You Continue Writing Someone Else's Series?

Q. I just want to know if it is legal to continue a series of books that the author has pretty much said the he/she is planning on writing anymore books to … Read more

How to Word a Follow-up Query to an Agent

A co-worker of mine is about to follow up on a query to an agent and asked what the proper way to word such a message was.  I realized that we had … Read more

Agent Advice: Ellen Pepus of Signature Literary (formerly the Ellen Pepus Literary Agency)

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This installment features Ellen Pepus of Signature Literary (formerly the Ellen Pepus Literary Agency).

She is seeking: “narrative nonfiction, including history, true crime, science, adventure, and memoir, as well as self-help, health and diet, food and cooking, travel, entertainment, popular culture, how-to and humor. She also represents a wide range of fiction, including literary, historical, mystery, women’s fiction and romance, erotica, thrillers, fantasy and general commercial fiction.” Read more

Back in Black: The Start of 2009

Happy New Year!  I hope your New Year’s Eve was cool and no DUIs were involved. The door on one year closes, as another opens.  All sorts of exciting possibilities await.  Nothing … Read more

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Breaking into Television: My Interview with Alex Epstein

Hey, folks– Just wanted to point you to an interview I recently did with Alex Epstein, TV writer and author of Crafty TV Writing: Thinking Inside the Box and Crafty Screenwriting: Writing … Read more

PITCH WORKSHOP: CC's Feedback (Entry #8)

Hey, folks— I wanted to spend today responding to CC’s Pitch Workshop submission for her one-hour TV dramedy, Sarah Weekly. First of all—thanks again to CC for submitting to this!  Whether you’re … Read more

Example of a Mind-Boggling Horrible Query

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Guest blogger Ric Klass shows writers just about everything you SHOULDN’T do in a query letter. The hilarious result is here. Enjoy. Read more

First WD Editors Intensive Conference = Great

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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

New Agent at Greenhouse Literary

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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

Firebrand Literary's 'Query Holiday'

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

Agent Nathan Bransford's New 'First Paragraph' Contest

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

Costa Rica Retreat Drawing

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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

Submit a Portion of the Book With a Query?

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

Greystone Literary is Back in Business

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

You Can Bid On a Critique by an Agent

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

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