Author Archives: Chuck Sambuchino

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Racing the Clock: The Pros and Cons of Deadlines

I’ve been a journalist for the past twenty-three years. For the first six of those years, I worked for two monthly magazines, where I had fourteen days to write one twelve-page report. Two whole weeks! I almost had more free time than work. Column by Nina George, bestselling author of THE LITTLE PARIS BOOKSHOP (June 2015,...

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Reimagining ANNE OF GREEN GABLES

There were many moments throughout the writing of my first novel, Ana of California, when I stared at a blank screen and said to myself, out loud, “Are you sure you want to do this?” I was typing in the shadow of a literary great, Lucy Maud Montgomery, whose Anne of Green Gables is one of the...

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New Literary Agent Alert: Alexa Stark of Trident Media Group

Reminder: New literary agents (with this spotlight featuring Alexa Stark of Trident Media Group) are golden opportunities for new writers because each one is a literary agent who is likely building his or her client list.     About Alexa: Raised in New York City, Alexa Stark earned her B.A. in Comparative Literature and...

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How and Why to Write Like a Pachyderm

To be a writer, we must have a thick skin, thick as a pachyderm, gray and wrinkly and drooping off of our limbs like armor. Unless you plan to be a secret writer who never tells a single soul about how you stay up late when everyone is asleep to scribble out metaphors before...

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The Key to Better Writing? Study Screenwriting!

I feel obliged to preface this short piece with a disclaimer: I am no expert. On the other hand, I’m not sure anybody is. Three words you often hear in Hollywood—and I’ve heard them myself—are: “Nobody knows anything.” You hear it from producers, you hear it from directors, you hear it from agents. (I’m...

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Literary Agent Interview: Peter Knapp of New Leaf Literary & Media

Literary agent Peter Knapp (New Leaf) is looking for middle-grade and young adult fiction and high-concept adult fiction. For middle-grade, he prefers high-action, epic adventures, and spooky and irreverent fiction. For young adult, he likes stories that are character-driven, magical realism, epic fantasy, or stories that are highly realistic. For adult fiction, he is...

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New Literary Agent Alert: Rachel Burkot of Holloway Literary

Reminder: New literary agents (with this spotlight featuring Rachel Burkot of Holloway Literary) are golden opportunities for new writers because each one is a literary agent who is likely building his or her client list.     About Rachel: Rachel Burkot of Holloway Literary has been in the publishing industry since 2009. After completing...

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6 Reasons Why Every Writer Should Enter Pitch Wars Next Year

I resisted online writing contests for years, opting instead for ones that were linked to conferences. Finally, after my second time as a finalist in the Pacific Northwest Writer’s Association Literary Contest, four years of querying four different books, a growing blog and magazine platform, but still no agent, I decided to enter author...

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Tunesday Vol. 5 – Answers and Winner Revealed

Thank you to all who participated in Vol. 5 of WD’s Tunesday, which is a Name That Tune Contest with writing prizes. Vol. 5’s winner is Andrea Smith. She was chosen randomly from all the participants who guessed at least 8 songs correct. She gets a free critique and book from me. Meanwhile, here...

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I Didn’t Plan to Write a Book

I didn’t mean to write a book. It happened accidently. I am a visual artist who, as a regular part of my practice, creates sketchbooks. They are mad scrambles of images: drawings, paintings, photographs. Collages of my life interspersed with bits and pieces—menus, notes, subway tickets. Nothing is too small, too unimportant, too trivial....

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New Literary Agent Alert: Jaida Temperly of New Leaf Literary & Media

Jaida is seeking: Jaida is open to all middle grade and young adult titles, although she has a particular love for quirky, dark stories (The Mysterious Benedict Society, Coraline, Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library). For Adult Fiction, she loves those with strong mystery, high fantasy, or religious undertones (The Westing Game, A Discovery of...

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7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Samantha Bohrman

This is a recurring column I’m calling “7 Things I’ve Learned So Far,” where writers (this installment written by Samantha Bohrman, author of RUBY’S MISADVENTURES WITH REALITY) 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...

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Sweet vs. Sexy: What You Need to Know About Writing Both

In the world of romance, “sweet” has a very specific connation. A “sweet romance” is one where the bedroom door remains firmly closed so that the reader cannot see inside. Readers who prefer characters who don’t have sex before marriage choose these books, but so do those who are fine with the sex so...