Author Archives: Chuck Sambuchino

Chris Morehouse Leaves Dunham Literary

I just got word that agent Chris Morehouse of Dunham Literary has stopped agenting.  I am going to pull Chris’s interview with me off the blog so readers don’t query Chris by mistake. But that said, I wanted to post a few of the Q&A’s from that interview that I thought would help writers....

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How I Got My Agent: Kate Douglas

"How I Got My Agent" is a recurring feature on the GLA blog. Some tales are of long roads and many setbacks, while others are of good luck and quick signings. If you have a literary agent and would be interested in writing a short guest column for this GLA blog, e-mail me at...

Why Do Agents Have 30- or 60-Day Cancel Clauses?

I’ve always wondered the answer to this question, and it was answered over the weekend by an agent at the Writer’s Digest Conference: The Business of Getting Published.  What I’m talking about are cancellation clauses in agent contracts – meaning, if you want to end the relationship, they ask for one last stretch of...

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Recap: New York and The Writer’s Digest Conference

Just got back from New York. The first-ever Writer's Digest Conference: The Business of Getting Published went very well (and was, dare I say, a success?). Everyone seemed pleased with the event and I got to meet one-on-one with more than a dozen people to look over queries and first pages.

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Agent Advice: Lucienne Diver of The Knight Agency

This installment features Lucienne Diver of The Knight Agency. Lucienne joined The Knight Agency in 2008, after spending fifteen years at Spectrum Literary Agency. She has sold more than 600 titles to every major publisher and has built a client list of more than 40 authors spanning the commercial fiction genres. Her...

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5 Quick Tips for Writer/Agent Negotiations

Just because you're excited someone wants to represent you doesn't mean you should let them take advantage of you. Beware of these red flags when negotiating contracts with agents. 1. Watch for red flags. Reputable agents don’t charge reading fees or require other upfront payments, they don’t sell (or at least, don’t brag about sales)...

What's In a Pitch? Examining 'The Undomestic Goddess'

What’s In a Pitch? is a new series that takes actual novel pitches and examines why they work successfully. This series is designed to help writers who need help composing the pitch paragraph of their query letter, or pitching an agent in person. By the way, since I read mostly kids fiction, it will be...

Agent Ted Malawer Joins Upstart Crow Literary

Literary agent Ted Malawer has joined Upstart Crow Literary.  Ted was previously with Firebrand Literary, but with Firebrand’s recent closure, he will join four other former Firebranders in forming Upstart Crow. He specializes in children’s fiction. The Upstart Crow agency webpage is not completely updated yet, so I will post some info about Ted below. For...

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Agent Advice: Natanya Wheeler of Nancy Yost Literary

This installment features Natanya Wheeler of the Nancy Yost Literary Agency. Previously, Natanya was an agent at Lowenstein-Yost Associates. She seeks: literary fiction that touches on current events or multicultural issues; family sagas; dark and edgy thrillers with a great new hook, moody mysteries and cozy mysteries. She loves to find new...

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How I Got My Agent: Robert Hicks

"How I Got My Agent" is a recurring feature on the GLA blog. Some tales are of long roads and many setbacks, while others are of good luck and quick signings. If you have a literary agent and would be interested in writing a short guest column for this GLA blog, e-mail me at...

Identify the Literary Agent of Any Book

If you want to know who agented a particular book, there are a variety of ways how to discover the individual literary rep who made the deal. Here are three ideas for starters: 1. Simply check the book’s acknowledgements. Sometimes, it will be as simple as a writer saying, “And a special thanks to my agent, Randy...

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What Agents Hate: Part II (Author 101 Series)

When writers try to get an agent, they are asked to run a difficult course, and run it under a microscope. Although the level of scrutiny that writers receive is huge, it is definitely surmountable. Read the following items that agents dislike and alter your approaches accordingly. Agents hate the following items: 5....

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Do You Need a Conservative Literary Agent For Conservative Books? A Liberal Literary Agent for Liberal Books?

Someone found my GLA blog searching for "conservative literary agents." So, I started to wonder about the question, "Do you need a conservative literary agent to publish a conservative-minded book?"—such as, let's say, Why Liberals Will Ruin This Country or whatever. Would an agent need their beliefs to line up with the book's message?...

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7 Reasons Why Your Work May Be Rejected, by Hallie Ephron

At Killer Nashville, a trio of extremely knowledgeable publishing pros held a panel on the most common reasons why a manuscript is rejected by an agent. Below you'll find part one of this post series. Keep in mind that the panelists were discussing why a manuscript will be rejected, not a novel synopsis or query...

Stacia Decker Finds a New Home at Donald Maass Literary

Word round the campfire is that agent Stacia Decker has joined the Donald Maass Literary Agency.  Stacia was an editor for a while, then joined Firebrand Literary earlier this year.  Firebrand kind of abruptly closed in summer 2009, and three agents formed Upstart Crow Literary while Stacia moved over to Donald Maass. Stacia Decker Fiction...