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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.


May/June Issue of WD Has Interview with Stephen King, Interview with Jerry Jenkins, 101 Best Websites for Writers – Just Brimming with Awesomeness

I’ve been reading Writer’s Digest magazine since well before I was ever working for F+W Media here, and I have to say – this issue just looks like one of the coolest … Read more

Pitch Your Idea to Producers & Agents… Next Tuesday!

Hey, guys– Huge thanks to everyone who came to last night’s pilot-writing seminar at mediabistro… it was a terrific turnout, and I really appreciate everyone coming and being so interested! For those … Read more

New Agent Alerts: Stacia Decker and Danielle Chiotti of Firebrand Literary

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Editor’s Note: Firebrand Literary closed in July 2009. Three agents from Firebrand Literary have broken off to form a new agency: Upstart Crow Literary. It will be headed up by Michael Stearns, who was formerly a prolific children’s book editor. Also on board are agents Chris Richman and Danielle Chiotti. Between the three of them, they handle adult fiction, lots of kids fiction, and some nonfiction, too. Stacia moved on to Donald Maass Literary. Read more

Cover Band Show Postponed; Weekend Plans Collapsing; Just Me and the Dog

Ugh.  My band’s show for this weekend was postponed because some guy at some bar wrote down wrong dates for when we were supposed to play.  Buzzkill.  And to think, we were … Read more

Conference Spotlight: Southeastern Writers Association Writers Workshop

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I’m giving an early shout-out to a June conference at which I’ll be presenting: the Southeastern Writers Association 34th Annual Writers Workshop. It all goes down from June 21-25, 2009, at St. Simons Island, GA. Read more

Cover Band Soap Opera: Lead Singer Blanks; Praises Non-Existant Band

My cover band usually plays three sets of music, with about 16-18 songs in each set.  The set list is always in flux – new songs added, old songs taken away, stuff … Read more

Check Out Interviews With Two Agents: ICM’s Tina Wexler, and Curtis Brown’s Ginger Clark

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I came across Gretchen McNeil’s Seanchai blog recently, and saw it had posted two recent interviews with top-notch agents. Read more

Agent Advice: Joanna Stampfel-Volpe of New Leaf Literary

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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

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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

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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

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