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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.


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...

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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...

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 rejection e-mail 7 hours later.  Should I take this as some sort of negative sign?  7 hours? A: I’d say no because...

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New Agent Alert: Chasya Milgrom of Dystel & Goderich

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,...

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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...

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 agents money upfront to represent you.  The only money you should every pay an agent are small amounts so that they can...

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: Absolutely. With nonfiction and commercial (genre) fiction, they can often size something up to be “easily salable” and take it on for...

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 a recent writers’ conference where four literary agents listened to a few pages from a slush pile submission.  The agents would listen...

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 lead me to my first regional SCBWI meeting.  There were 18 people, and only one dude – me. Are there any guys...

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 S.E. Hinton write The Outsiders when she was just 15?       The bigger question here is whether you should mention your young...

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New Agency Alert: Kirsten Neuhaus Literary

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.