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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.

Taryn Fagerness Forms Own Agency; Stops Taking Queries

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Taryn Fagerness is a literary agent out in San Diego; I met and interviewed her a while back when we crossed paths at the La Jolla Writers Conference. She contacted me today and said that after five years at the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency, she is branching out and going on her own. Read more

What is "Queryfail"?

There’s been a lot of chatter around the net recently about a project called Queryfail, and I had two people in the publishing house here ask me about it yesterday, so I … Read more

New Children’s Agency: Rodeen Literary Management

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Paul Rodeen recently left his position at Sterling Lord Literistic to establish his own agency, focusing on children’s writing. Interested in children’s work and illustrators, middle grade, picture books and young adult. Read more

Xavier Gets 4 Seed. March Madness Looming…

UPDATE 3/22: Although below I said put all your money on Pitt, I actually never did pick Pitt to win it all.  I did too much analysis and changed my mind.  Strangely … Read more

Cover Band Soap Opera: Lead Singer Screams the Word 'Snatchypoo' Into the Microphone; Crowd Understandably Perplexed

Our lead singer is a peculiar fellow.  The man says whatever is on his mind and doesn’t bother to consider anything like, oh, ramifications, or say – if a woman will smack … Read more

My Adventures in Reno…

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Reno – I’m back. This past weekend, I was at the Truckee Meadows Community College Writers’ Conference (usually just called the Reno Writers’ Conference) and everything went well. Conference attendance was near an all-time high despite the recession. Read more

Tips on Rewriting From Your Peers

Two weeks ago, I asked newsletter readers to submit any thoughts or tips they had on rewriting that could possibly help other scribes.  Well, I got a bunch of responses – and … Read more

Agent Advice: Kelly Sonnack of The Andrea Brown Literary Agency


This installment features Kelly Sonnack of the Andrea Brown Literary Agency. Kelly recently joined the ABLA after leaving the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency.

She is seeking: all types of children’s literature (picture books, middle grade, young adult, and graphic novels). In picture books and middle grade fiction, Kelly looks for a good sense of humor, stories that stretch a young reader’s imagination, and an authentic voice. In young adult, she appreciates literary voices and character-driven stories with heart. In non-fiction for children, she enjoys projects that inspire and stimulate the minds of our younger generations.” Read more

Cover Band Soap Opera: I Decide Not To Play 'The Joker (Space Cowboy)'; Bandmates Red-Faced With Anger

We had a show last night (and actually have another tonight, as a matter of fact).  So we’re in the middle of the third set, and our drummer kicks off “The Joker” … Read more

The End of the Advance?

Strangely enough, I had not one but two important conversations about book advances yesterday.  First, I was talking with my agent, Sorche Fairbank, who relayed some good news: The first book proposal … Read more

Sandy Lu Joins L. Perkins Agency

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Lori Perkins has an agency in New York. I blogged this agency a while back when Jenny Rappaport left the agency to form her own. Now, Lori has taken on a new agent: Sandy Lu.

Fiction areas of interest: literary and commercial fiction, upscale women’s fiction, mystery, thriller, psychological horror, and historical fiction. She is especially interested in edgy, contemporary urban fiction. Read more

Pay Money Upfront?

Q. Could you tell me if [name] of [redacted] Talent & Model Agency is an authorized agent for publishing books. She wants an upfront fee of $12,000, and it makes me wonder. Please … Read more

Live Chat With Agent Michael Bourret

The Web site Editor Unleashed, which is run by former WD editor Maria Schneider, is hosting a live forum chat with agent Michael Bourret of the Dystel & Goderich Literary Agency. Michael … Read more

New York Observer Interviews Agent Chris Parris-Lamb


Interview with literary agent Chris Parris-Lamb. Read more

Follow-up: Agents Finding Your Blog Online

Q. Hi, Chuck! I have a question about agents and blogs: I have read and heard so many accounts of writers blogging about a specific topic or writing project, and an agent … Read more

Agent Cricket Freeman's '3 Most Common Reasons a Work is Rejected'

I’m editing an article by literary agent Cricket Freeman of The August Agency where she shares a lot of expertise, but this one small nugget here was so good I wanted to … Read more

Cover Band Soap Opera: I Suggest Canceling Some Shows; Bandmates Suggest I'm the Antichrist

Song we’re working on right now: New Age Girl (Mary Moon) by Dead Eye Dick.  Comedian Darrell Hammond once joked that there are certain arguments where you can just sense will end … Read more

Book Doctors and Freelance Editors

Q. I’m just wondering: If I needed an editor and/or ghost writer for my book, where would I acquire one? Now, I’m not done with my book, I only got a few … Read more

Protocol and Expectations When Contacting and Befriending Literary Agents on Social Networking Sites Like Facebook, MySpace and Twitter


Let’s say you’re interested in submitting to a few specific agents. Would you look them up on Facebook to learn more about them as a person? Many of you probably already have. What about MySpace? Twitter? LinkedIn?
But then questions arise: Would they agree to befriend you on sites like Facebook? Are they open to messages, pitches and/or conversation through such a site? What’s the procedure and protocol here?
Well, my coworker Alice Pope, editor of Children’s & Illustrator’s Market, really wanted to know how agents interact with writers on such sites, so I decided to ask a few and find out. Read more

Children's Agent Seeking Submissions!

I’ve blogged before a few times about Michelle Andelman, a literary agent with a big soft spot for good children’s writing.  I interviewed her when she was with Andrea Brown Literary Agency, … Read more

From Writers to Agents: A List of Dos and Don'ts!

My coworker, Alice Pope, has put together a list of requested “dos and don’ts” from writers to agents.  (There is also a similar post on dos and don’ts for editors.)  Definitely check … Read more

Agent Advice: Alanna Ramirez of Trident Media Group


This installment features Alanna Ramirez, of Trident Media Group.

She is seeking: literary fiction, narrative nonfiction, memoir, pop culture and lifestyle books. Read more

Will a Literary Agent Find Your Work Online and Sign You?

Q. I am half finished a men’s fitness book and am about to put all the content on my forthcoming Web site. Each chapter will be a separate HTML page. I just … Read more

Defining Create Nonfiction, Narrative Nonfiction and Biography

Q. At first I thought I was writing “narrative nonfiction.”  As I proceed through the book, I have begun to wonder whether I might be writing “creative nonfiction,” or even an “autobiography.”  … Read more

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