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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.

Conference Spotlight: Jackson Hole Writers’ Conference (June 25-28)

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If you’re looking for a writers’ conference set in a beautiful place that will get your inspiration going, look no further than the Jackson Hole Writers’ Conference in Jackson Hole, WY, June 25-28, 2009. Read more

My Adventures in Boston: I Have to Go to Beantown to Get in the Newspaper

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Check this out. I’m in Boston to teach at Muse & the Marketplace, a writers’ conference up here. On Friday, I was walking around Boston and decided to attend a rally to save The Boston Globe, which is in danger of going out of business after more than 120 years. Being a former newspaper writer myself, I wanted to show some solidarity with my fellow scribes. Well, a Globe photographer there took a ton of pictures at the rally and I never in a million years thought she would actually use one that I was in. Read more

New Agency Alert: The McVeigh Agency

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Former editor Mark McVeigh has recently opened his own literary agency.

Adult writing areas of interest: “fiction of all kinds, nonfiction (especially) biographies and history), memoir, photo books on fashion, art, architecture, and more, graphic novels.”

Juvenile areas of interest: “picture books that are character driven, funny, and with a totally kid-centric hook; chapter books, middle-grade books for both boys and girls, especially manuscripts that have series potential; young adult of all sorts, from comic to angst-y, from envelope-pushing, issue-based to swooningly romantic; graphic novels; unusual or very topical nonfiction.” Read more

I'm Teaching a Webinar: 'How to Land a Literary Agent'

If you’re on the hunt for a literary agent and want to take an online class to get your questions answered, here is your opportunity! I will be teaching a webinar titled … Read more

Is It Young Adult or Middle Grade?

Q. My 96,000-word manuscript features a 12 yr old and 11 yrs old protagonist, the themes are dark. Have been looking around and am unsure — YA or mid-grade?  Help!        – … Read more

You Have a Contract But No Literary Agent

Q. My friend (I write that and I feel like I’m trying to hide from a therapist or something!) had her first novel published by a smaller publishing house earlier this year. … Read more

You've Got a Memoir – What Now?

Q. I have a completed draft of a nonfiction book.   It is, I think, a memoir.   My question is this: who do I look for?  I’m thinking that it might be in … Read more

My Adventures in Las Vegas: Part 2 (Criss Angel & Perez Hilton)

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Have you ever been somewhere boring and said, “God, can’t some celebrities get in a shouting match in front of me so I have a story to tell?” Well, that kinda happened to me one night in Vegas after teaching at the writers’ conference. Let me explain. Read more

My Adventures in Las Vegas: Part 1 …

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The Las Vegas Writers’ Conference started in full on Friday and I presented on agents, and then again on pitching. The sessions went well. Along with my coworker, Zac Petit, there were a few authors there and a good amount of literary agents taking pitches from every direction. The agents were very available and willing to listen to anybody who approached them. Mollie Glick was there, as were other agents Lori Perkins, Ken Sherman, Katharine Sands, Ellen Pepus and more. Read more

Is Your Submission Considered 'The Slush Pile'?

Q. I subscribe to and pay for Writer’s Digest online [www.writersmarket.com]. I believe the staff of Writer’s Digest insult me and all other serious writers by referring to our submissions to agents … Read more

Blogging Agent: Jill Corcoran of Herman Agency, Inc.

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Kind of a double notification here. Jill Corcoran is an associate agent at Herman Agency, Inc., who is 1) looking for submissions (children’s stuff), and 2) blogging about her adventures and passing on advice to writers. Read more

Query Agents Just Before a Conference?

Q. I have a question concerning query letters. I have finished my manuscript and am ready to shop it around to agents. I will be attending [two writers’ conferences in my home … Read more

Conference Spotlight: Muse & The Marketplace

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A very cool writers’ conference coming up you should be aware of is Boston’s own Muse & the Marketplace, held April 25-26, 2009. Keep reading to find out some details about this awesome event. Read more

Back From Cozumel…

Sorry for the lack of blog activity this past week or so.  I was on vacation – a cruise, to be exact – from Tampa to Cozumel and then back.  I got … Read more

Literary Definitions: Vol. 8

It’s been a good while since I passed out some definitions, so here is another batch.  (Click on Definitions at the bottom of this post to see the past seven installments.) Family … Read more

Cover Band Soap Opera: Lead Singer and I Crash Acoustic Stage; Declare We're Playing a Second Song

Man, it’s amazing what you can do and get if you simply say that it’s your birthday. Example: My cover band lead singer and I were at a smaller bar in a … Read more

Around the WD Properties: 4-6-2009

Here are some cool thingsgoing on aond Writer’s Digest: Webinar: How to Deciper and Negotiate Your Contract               This is a very practical webinar for anyone out there flying solo … Read more

Agent Advice: Christine Witthohn of Book Cents Literary


This installment features Christine Witthohn of Book Cents Literary Agency, LLC.

She is seeking: Fiction areas of interest: Single Title Romance (Contemporary, Romantic Comedy, Paranormal, Mystery/Suspense), Women’s Lit (must have a strong hook), Young Adult, Mainstream Mystery/Suspense, Medical or Legal Fiction (something that hasn’t been done before), Literary Fiction. Nonfiction areas of interest: We are looking for very specific NF. Women’s Issues/Experiences, Fun/Quirky Topics (particularly those of interest to women), Cookbooks (fun, ethnic, etc.), Health, Gardening (herbs, plants, flowers, etc.), Books with a “Save The Planet” theme, Entertaining, Reference, How-To Books. Read more

10 Things NOT to Do in a Query

My awesome coworker, Alice Pope, recently posted 10 Helpful Tips on Writing Query Letters on her blog.  The catch?  It was April Fools’ – so the tips are helpful, but only if … Read more

Agent Donald Maass Talks Originality and Craft

Donald Maass is one of the most well-known, successful agents out there.  He’s ghostwritten books, written other books about writing books, and sold a bazillion novels to publishers.  He’s a wealth of … Read more

AgentFail! – and QueryFail II: Queries Never Die

You probably remember Queryfail, where editors and agents Twittered in real time for a whole day as they attacked their slush pile or unsolicited queries.  Well, Queryfail II is set for April … Read more

Cover Band Soap Opera: Lead Singer So Anxious to Sing One Song That He Cuts Prior Song Way Short

The lead singer of my cover band once described himself as “vain.”  From my point of view, it’s hard to argue with that.  For a case in point, let me take you … Read more

Conference Spotlight: Las Vegas Writers’ Conference

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It’s time to give a shout-out to the next conference I’ll be teaching at – the Las Vegas Writers’ Conference. The conference is coming up fast – April 16-19, 2009. The event only accepts 150 attendees in an effort to give plenty of personalized attention to writers. Read more

Agent Advice: Meredith Kaffel of Charlotte Sheedy Literary Agency


This installment features Meredith Kaffel of Charlotte Sheedy Literary Agency.

She is seeking: “or children’s books, my first love is YA. And my YA tastes run the gamut from the highly literary (especially fish out of water tales, outsider stories told teetering from the edge, high concept novels taking on themes with gravity, up-market historical fantasy and stories involving the arts in some way), to the highly commercial (teen paranormal with a twist, high school dramas and friendship sagas, anything with sass and attitude, etc). I also enjoy smart middle-grade fiction, and I will take on the occasional quirky picture book manuscript. I’m actively looking for new illustrators as well — for both the picture book and graphic novel/comic markets. As for adult manuscripts, I’m primarily looking for narrative nonfiction (specifically books dealing with food, science, international themes, feminism, cultural trends, art and literary history, music, and general “juicy” history and biography), and the rare literary novel that steals my heart. I tend to be drawn more toward darkly wry and edgy fiction than novels brimming with sugar-and-sunshine, but my rule about taking on a project is that there are no set rules. I just have to love it.” Read more

Around the WD Properties: 3-30-2009

Here are some cool thingsgoing on around Writer’s Digest Webinar: Query Letter Writing        How to Write a Book Query Letter that Gets a Response         Live Event: Thursday, April 9, … Read more

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