Author Archives: Chuck Sambuchino

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Blow-By-Blow: Writing Action and Fight Scenes

Conflict, as we all know, is the lifeblood of a story. And nothing quite epitomizes raw conflict like a thrilling fight scene. If you’re like me, you crave those climactic moments in prose or on the screen, when, the hero and villain finally find themselves facing each other, circling, ready to duke it out...

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4 Things to Avoid When Finishing Your Novel

**GIVEAWAY! Emily is excited to give away a free copy of her novel to a random commenter. Comment within 2 weeks.** Emily Adrian, author of 2015 debut novel LIKE IT NEVER HAPPENED, shares 4 things to avoid at all costs so you can finally sit down and finish that novel.

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13 Things You May Not Know About Agents

You’ve read lots of articles about literary agents, but here are 13 things you might not have heard yet. 1. We really hate how often we have to say “no” to writers. It’s one of the most excruciating parts of our job! So don’t imagine us gleefully rubbing our hands together and cackling happily...

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7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Jennifer Latham

This is a recurring column I’m calling “7 Things I’ve Learned So Far,” where writers (this installment written by Jennifer Latham, author of SCARLETT UNDERCOVER) at any stage of their career can talk about writing advice and instruction as well as how they possibly got their book agent — by sharing seven things they’ve learned along their writing journey that...

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New Literary Agent Alert: Mary South of Lowenstein Associates

Mary is seeking: Mary is currently looking for literary fiction with a compelling voice, an exquisite use of form, and the utmost attention paid to the beauty of the sentence. She also has an interest in nonfiction on subjects such as neuroscience, bioengineering, women's rights, design, and digital humanities, as well as investigative journalism,...

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Selling Your Children’s Book: How to Write and Pitch Novels & Picture Books for Kids — Sept. 28 Boot Camp by the Agents at P.S. Literary (with a Critique for all Attendees)

In this Writer's Digest Boot Camp starting Sept. 28, 2015, "Selling Your Children’s Book: How to Write and Pitch Novels & Picture Books for Kids," the agents of P.S. Literary Agency will show you how to make your submission stand out. How do you write a children's book with commercial appeal? How do you...

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How to Make a Book Trailer

Making a book trailer is no easy feat, but to stay competitive in a highly saturated book market, it needs to be done. Recently, Tara Lynne Groth of Write Naked found my book trailer on Google+ and contacted me about doing a interview. And afterwards, guess what? She bought the book! Book marketing is...

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6 Tips for Switching Genres

Ask any author, agent, or editor—heck, ask the publishing house intern who fetches the coffee—and they’d all agree: the most important factor in writing (successfully) is finding one’s voice. After writing eighteen mysteries in three different series, I decided to pen a standalone mainstream novel—THE PARIS KEY—and though I knew my non-mystery voice had...

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18th Free “Dear Lucky Agent” Contest: Thriller / Mystery / Suspense

If you are coming to this post looking for the YA contest, find it here: http://www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/guide-to-literary-agents/19th-free-dear-lucky-agent-contest-young-adult-fiction ————————– UPDATE: Michelle Richter chose the winners: Sarah Diviney, Katherine Tomlinson, and Georgia. Congratulations to them, and thank you to all who entered this contest. ————————- Welcome to the 18th (free!) “Dear Lucky Agent” Contest on the GLA...