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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.
Q. Perhaps it is the influence of the instant age of communication, but I would have assumed sending a synopsis and pages to an agent who says they want your work (at … Read more
Today’s submission to the Script Notes Pitch Workshop comes from Matt in Montreal, who is looking for feedback on his synopsis for his feature idea, Downsize This! (although he’s not married to … Read more
I talk to a lot of writers about how to compose a good query letter. Make no mistake – it’s no easy task, and it will take a lot of work. But what I can tell you right off the bat is that a good query has a distinct structure, and I can show you it right here. Read more
Therese Walsh of Writer Unboxed recently alerted me to a fantastic free resource online for writers. Literary agent Donald Maass, who is a contributor to WU, has a free download available online … Read more
Hey, everyone— Just wanted to give a quick follow-up to Tuesday’s episode of the Script Notes Pitch Workshop… and an answer to a question asked by Scott, the author of Tuesday’s Pitch … Read more
Hey, everyone— Today’s submission to the Script Notes Pitch Workshop comes from Scott, who submits loglines for two feature ideas. So before we dive in… Scott—thank you so much for sending these! … Read more
This installment features Abigail Koons, of Park Literary Group, LLC.
Currently Seeking: Her passion for travel makes her a natural fit for adventure and travel narrative nonfiction, and she is also seeking projects about popular science, history, politics, current events and art. She is also interested in working with commercial fiction, especially superb thrillers and mysteries.” Read more
The new issue of Writer’s Digest (Nov/Dec 2008) has a fiction column by novelist Steve Almond, where he talks about Anton Chekov’s theory that new writers need to start their book later … Read more
This installment features Scott Eagan, founder of Greyhaus Literary Agency near Seattle.
He is seeking: Scott Eagan represents writers of romance and women’s fiction. See more online at his website. In his words: “I am ACTIVELY (can I make that any louder?) looking for Hot and Steamy contemporary romances for the Mills and Boon Modern Heat Line.” Read more
Q. I have a question regarding the formatting of a synopsis and/or sample pages within the text of an e-mail query. It sacrifices formatting, and since agents do not want attachments which preserve the … Read more
Over the past month, I’ve thrown out some agent pet peeves that I collected for an article for Writer’s Digest. The entire article is now online, so check-check-check it out! A quick … Read more
I am finally back in America after 10 days abroad for an international writers’ conference in Italy. Everything was a blast, but I am jet lagged and struggling.
Getting back home after the conference ended was a little nightmare. I went through Naples, which is not a great place to be, to get to Rome and fly home. At one point in Naples, I was driven around by a crazy cab driver who knew about four English phrases, one of which was “I’m crazy!” Not joking. Read more
It turns out agents of all nationalities have similar pet peeves. A panel of agents spoke at the WFF here in Italy and were asked about their pet peeves. Here is what they had to say:
Sabine Schultz (editor, Tea, Italy): “The biggest reason your book won’t get published is because you didn’t write it. You must write. “I get queries saying ‘This is the first draft, and there is much I want to change, but I just wanted to see if you are interested.’ ” Read more
Ciao! I arrived in Italy this past week for the International Women’s Fiction Festival in Matera, Italy, and it has been non-stopping walking and talking since then. I saw Rome briefly during a long layover and got to do some basic sightseeing. Read more
This installment features Ted Weinstein, founder of Ted Weinstein Literary Management, based in San Francisco.
He is seeking: “narrative nonfiction, popular science, biography and history, current affairs and politics, contemporary culture, business, sports, food and cooking, health and medicine, entertainment, and quirky reference books. Read more
The most recent issue of Writer’s Digest is all about finding an agent, and I was lucky enough to contribute three articles. One article in the issue is all about life after … Read more
This is my last workday before leaving for the International Women’s Fiction Festival in Matera, Italy. I’ll be gone about 10 days, and I’m not sure how much time I’ll get on the computer over there. Sorry if the blog goes quiet for a while. I bought an electrical outlet converter, but evidently it can’t handle “Class 1″ electronics such as, oh say, a laptop. Sigh. Read more
Q. I’m sorry to bother you, but I would like to ask you a question. I have just finished writing a book about [true events in the U.S. in] 1948. The facts … Read more
Hi Writers,One of the most fun, creative and productive writing exercises I know of is coming up with writing prompts, so I thought I’d hold a little contest here on “The Writer’s … Read more
Literary agent Mollie Glick recently moved from the Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency to Foundry Literary + Media. I decided to touch base with Mollie to see how the move was going. Read more
Here is a great video of Stephen King talking to a group of students, addressing what, in his opinion, people should do if they want to become a writer.
Hi Writers,I’m finally recovering from the 6-hour jet lag from Hawaii following the Maui Writers Conference and a week of frolicking on the big island—swimming in the wild with dolphins and watching … Read more
I just got word that associate agent Michelle Andelman of the Andrea Brown Literary Agency is leaving to be a literary scout with Franklin & Siegel. Michelle was one of many agents … Read more
Thanks to all who entered the first-ever “Worst Storyline Contest” here on the GLA blog. We got approximately 185 entries! The judging is over and the winning lines are below (as well … Read more
To all those of you who entered the “Worst Storyline Ever” contest last month, know that the contest is now closed and that entries are being judged. I hope to have a … Read more