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.


Footnotes: 8 Articles on When Writing Becomes Revision

“The most valuable of talents is never using two words when one will do.”  -Thomas Jefferson Footnotes is a recurring series on the GLA blog where I pick a subject and provides several interesting articles on said topic. Today’s topic is revision. As the NaNoWriMo induced writing stupor wears off, you realize it’s time...

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10 Tips on Writing Picture Books

10. Beware of dialogue-heavy picture book manuscripts. 9. The only beef editors and agents have against rhyming picture books is that they’re so often poorly written. 8. Manuscripts need to be more perfect than ever before they’re ready for submission. Jean Reidy is a freelance writer and children's author. Her first children's book, Too Purpley! comes out...

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How I Got My Agent: Becky Levine

"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...

Unofficial Agent Appreciation Day!

I was kind of “off the grid” Friday (planning a party – see next post blog entry), which explains why I didn’t post this earlier. Friday was named “Unofficial Agent Appreciation Day,” so I wanted to post a quick something recognizing my agent, Sorche Fairbank. That’s Sorche in the middle. I wassurprised to learn...

Buy and Ask For Books This Christmas!

It’s no secret that the publishing industry is hurting a bit money-wise. It’s up to all of us to do our little part, and there’s no better time than Christmas. Send out e-mails and ask friends and family what books they want for the holidays. Then suggest some for yourself as possible gifts. Heck,...

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Agent Advice: Adriann Ranta of Wolf Literary Services, LLC

This installment features Adriann Ranta of Wolf Literary Services LLC. Adriann was previously with Anderson Literary Management. She is looking for: fiction and limited nonfiction, with an emphasis on children’s, middle grade, and young adult books. She is most interested in realistic, true-to-life stories with conflicts based in the real world. She likes edgy,...

The Rappaport Agency Closes

Got an e-mail yesterday from agent Jenny Rappaport with the sad news that her agency is closing. I believe Jenny used to be part of L. Perkins Associates before moving out on her own a few years back. We never did get the opportunity to cross paths and meet. Take note if she was...

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7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Diana R. Jenkins

This is a new recurring column I’m calling “7 Things I’ve Learned So Far,” where writers at any stage of their career can talk about seven things they’ve learned along their writing journey that they wish they knew at the beginning. This installment is from writer Diana R. Jenkins. Diana R. Jenkins is a kids...

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Agent Advice: Josh Getzler of Russell & Volkening, Inc.

This installment features Josh Getzler of Russell & Volkening, Inc. Josh was previously with Writers House. He is looking for: mysteries, thrillers, literary and commercial fiction, young adult and middle grade (particularly adventures and mysteries for boys). E-mail queries only. josh@randvinc.com.

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How I Got My Agent: Anne Riley

"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...

Band Soap Opera: I'm Thinking About Just Showing Up to a Gig When my Old Originals Band Reunites; Wife Calls Idea 'Horrendously Awful'

To summarize my last band-related post, I was very surprised to see that my old Cincinnati-based originals band was reforming after several years. I was a senior in college when the band was together, but don’t let that fool you. All the other dudes in the band were older, experienced city rockers – complete...

Holidays and Queries to Agents: 5 Perspectives

“So Virginia, Should You Query During the Holiday Season?” That’s a question writers ponder with the first whiff of Christmas trees and mistletoe. You may be worried that everyone’s out of the office, or agents are rejecting nearly everything now, thinking that many unpolished NaNoWriMo submissions are flowing in. To help make your decision,...

The Holidays: To Query or Not to Query?

There’s an interesting little article over at Writer Unboxed discussing whether or not you should query agents during the holidays.  Some different agents, including Nathan Bransford, Jennie Dunham, and Janet Reid, weigh in on the subject. A good read as the holidays approach! Happy Holidays, Everyone!

New Agent Alert: Susan Hawk of The Bent Agency

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. She is seeking: young adult...

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7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Sunil Robert

This is a new recurring column I’m calling “7 Things I’ve Learned So Far,” where writers at any stage of their career can talk about seven things they’ve learned along their writing journey that they wish they knew at the beginning. This installment is from writer Sunil Robert. Sunil Robert is the author of I...

4 Awesome Ways You Can Write For the GLA Blog

Thanks to all my awesome visitors, the GLA blog is getting pretty big.  Want to get involved and boost your platform a little?  Agents love platform. If you’re interested in any of these ideas below, simply write to me at literaryagent@fwmedia.com, and we’ll talk.  Feel free to repost this post on your blog if...

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Page 1: How to Start Your Romance Novel

Page One: Where to Start You should be able to convincingly answer the question, Why does page one pick up the story at the moment it does? The best beginnings show—within the first few pages or even paragraphs—the main characters under pressure and facing a challenge, a change in circumstances, or a threat that will...

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Agent Advice: Alex Glass of Trident Media Group (Part II)

This installment features Alex Glass of Trident Media Group. Alex came to Trident as Chairman Robert Gottlieb's assistant in 2001 and was promoted to literary agent shortly thereafter. He has a BA in political science from Johns Hopkins and an MFA in creative writing from American University, and has worked in the literature program...