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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.

Agent Advice: Joanna Stampfel-Volpe of New Leaf Literary


This installment features Joanna Stampfel-Volpe of New Leaf Literary.

She is seeking:”chap books to upper YA (non-fiction, contemporary, humor, historical and fantasy *fantasy/sci-fi needs to really stand out, unique), romance (historical, paranormal, contemporary), fantasy (women’s, urban, steampunk, unique), up-market fiction (dark, literary, horror, dark comedies, speculative fic), narrative non-fiction (pop culture, environmental, foodie).” Read more

My Thoughts on Seth Godin's Piece Regarding Literary Agents

Seth Godin, best-selling author and all-around successful business guru, recently posted a column called “Where Have All the Agents Gone?”  In it, basically, he talks about how “middlemen” such as stock brokers, real … Read more

Roundup: News From the Agent & Publishing Worlds

This cool new Web site called Filed By looks like a MySpace-like site where writers can access a template page and create a writer profile. Read more

What is Upmarket Fiction? Defining the Classification.

I’ve spent a good amount of time recently getting agents (and a few editors) to sign on to a ginormous Agent Pitch Slam, which is part of our writers’ conference in NYC … Read more

The WD Writing Conference in New York! (and Other WD News and Opportunities, Too)

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Every year, Writer’s Digest Books puts on an awesome one-day writers’ conference in conjunction with BookExpo America. This year’s BookExpo event is in Manhattan in late May, and our writers’ conference is on Wednesday, May 27, 2009. Read more

A Children’s Agent Talks Marketing Your Work


An interview here with agent Sarah Davies of Greenhouse Literary. Read more

Agent Nathan Bransford's '10 Commandments for the Happy Writer'

Out of all the agent blogs out there (and there are plenty of them, big and small), probably the biggest blog is Nathan Bransford’s.  He is an agent with Curtis Brown out … Read 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

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