Author Archives: Chuck Sambuchino

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3 Things You Need to Know to Write Great Flash Fiction

Instant gratification reigns supreme in today’s fast-paced society. I could go into a spiel here about Twitter, DVR, multi-tasking, and Big Macs, but we all live it (and, in most cases, love it) every day. Writing is no different. E-readers are replacing traditional books (some e-books even use short video clips throughout the story),...

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Facing the Edits: 7 Steps to a Happy Revision

You’ve slaved over your manuscript. Your heart and soul and perhaps even a few tears are spilled on the pages (and if you’re a klutz like me, a bit of coffee is on there too). You are ready to send that manuscript out to be read by your trusted readers, whether that’s your writing...

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Writing Requires Perseverance

Beyond the obvious need for a writer to have talent and a fruitful imagination, he must also have perseverance to become a published author. Occasionally, a writer’s first novel is extraordinary, or he writes a masterful proposal, and his book lands on the fast-track to getting published. But most first attempts fail to find...

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6 Wrong Ways to Write About Horses

I saw a promo for the film, THE REVENANT, the other day and glimpsed a scene where a horse and rider sail off a cliff. Yeah, it looks cool, but like many other ways horses are depicted in movies and books, it doesn’t ring true.  (I’ve already seen many people comment negatively on this...

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New Literary Agent Alert: Erik Hane of Red Sofa Literary

Reminder: New literary agents (with this spotlight featuring Erik Hane of Red Sofa Literary) are golden opportunities for new writers because each one is a literary agent who is likely building his or her client list. About Erik: Erik Hane is a literary agent with Red Sofa Literary. Erik is a writing major from...

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Up Late With Sociopaths: Surviving Thriller Research

When I was a child, my mother worked as a librarian, and on some of those long summer days that contained neither school nor camp nor babysitters, she took me to work with her, where I was given the instruction to go forth and read. For many children, this would be punishment. For me,...

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How Long Does It Take To Write A Novel?

How long does it take to write a novel? That’s the question I asked myself when I started to outline my second novel, SLEEPING EMBERS OF AN ORDINARY MIND. I hear you say: Surely, you already knew! Column by Anne Charnock, author of novel, SLEEPING EMBERS OF AN ORDINARY MIND (Dec. 2015, 47North). Her...

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Stay True to Yourself and Your Project

This essay first appeared in the Publishing U series on The Booklist Reader. I worked in children’s publishing for a few years, so I had pretty realistic expectations when my agent, Brooks Sherman, and I went on submission with MORE HAPPY THAN NOT, my debut novel about a teenage boy who wants to undergo...

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Confessions of a Chronic Genre Shopper

**GIVEAWAY! Evangeline is excited to give away a free copy of her novel to a random commenter. Comment within 2 weeks** Debut author Evangeline Denmark, CURIO (Jan 2016, Blink), shares her forays into several genres before finally arriving at YA Steampunk Fantasy.