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Author Archives: Chuck Sambuchino

Successful Queries: Agent Michelle Wolfson and ‘Timing is Everything’

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This series is called “Successful Queries” and I’m posting actual query letters that succeeded in getting writers signed with agents. In addition to posting the actual query letter, we will also get to hear thoughts from the agent as to why the letter worked.

The first installment of this series is with agent Michelle Wolfson, and her client, Mark Di Vincenzo, and his book, Buy Ketchup in May and Fly at Noon: A Guide to the Best Time to Buy This, Do That and Go There. Read more

Guest Column: Seven Things I’ve Learned So Far, In the Middle of My Journey, by Nancy Parish

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This is a new recurring column I’m calling “7 Things I’ve Learned So Far,” where writers at any stage of their career can talk about seven things they’ve learned along their writing journey that they wish they knew at the beginning. This installment is from writer Nancy Parish.

1. A finished manuscript isn’t necessarily a publishable manuscript. There are manuscripts I’ve written that are simply dreadful and I’m a bit embarrassed to have submitted them back in the day. Each manuscript gets better than the last. I’ve learned a lot just going through the process. Read more

Don't Put All Your Eggs in One Basket By Writing Only One Book

At a recent writers’ conference in New York, I was asked by someone in the audience to give my best pieces of advice.  Thinking fast, I ended up throwing out four tips.  … Read more

How I Got My Agent: Kristin O’Donnell Tubb

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“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 literaryagent@fwmedia.com and we’ll talk specifics.

Kristin O’Donnell Tubb, writes children’s books. Read more

Cover Band Soap Opera: Biggest Show of the Year Goes Awesome, Though Lead Singer Insults Catholic Parish's Choice of Beer Provider

My cover band had its biggest show of the year last weekend.  It was one of those things where we were playing for a few thousand people and our amps were cranked … Read more

What is a "Boutique" Literary Agency?

Q. What is a “boutique” literary agency?        - Joan A. “Boutique” is a strange word agents use when their agencies are small and/or specialized.  See, there are a decent number of big agencies … Read more

Agent Advice: Laura Bradford of the Bradford Literary Agency

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This installment features literary agent Laura Bradford of the Bradford Literary Agency, who specializes in romance. She has 13 years of professional experience as a literary agent, editor, writer and bookseller. Laura began her career as a literary agent at Manus and Associates Literary Agency and is a member of the Romance Writers of America. As an editorial-focused agent Laura works closely with her clients developing proposals and manuscripts for the most appropriate markets.

Seeking: “The agency specializes in all types of romance (including category), romantica/erotica, women’s fiction, mystery, thrillers and young adult. We also represent nonfiction and other fiction genres. All queries sent to us will be considered with the exception of poetry, children’s books, screenplays and short stories.” Read more

Agent Terry Burns Interviewed on Novelists, Inc.

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This installment features Terry Burns of Hartline Literary. Read more

How I Got My Agent: Jess Haines

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“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 literaryagent@fwmedia.com and we’ll talk specifics.

Jess Haines is the author of Hunted by the Others, the first in an urban fantasy series. Jess also writes short stories and screenplays, and has experience in
technical writing and editing.
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Talking Nonfiction: Word Count and Promotion

Here are some questions that came in recently.  Both hadto do with nonfiction. Q. For nonfiction: Once the book is published, is the author required to keep a website going about themselves … Read more

Meeting Agents at Conferences – Make a Good Impression

Here’s a bit of advice you probably thought I would never say … When you’re at a writers’ conference, and there are agents there, don’t be afraid to not pitch them.

Wait a second. Back up. Let me explain. At conferences, there are designated “pitch times” where writers meet with agents, or perhaps there’s some kind of “speed dating” thing, such as how the WD conference worked a month ago. Naturally, you want to pitch agents during this time. Read more

GLA Blog Turns 2

This week in June brings not only my real birthday around, but also the birthday of this GLA blog, which began two years ago. Since I’ve posted stuff for two years, I … Read more

How I Got My Agent: Jennifer Lawler

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“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 literaryagent@fwmedia.com and we’ll talk specifics.

Jennifer Lawler is a nonfiction specialist.
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My Conference Adventures in Wyoming…

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Just got back from the 2009 Wyoming Writers Annual Conference in Casper, WY. Good conference! Attendance was up this year and almost all of the writers I met were very passionate about what they were doing. It’s almost energizing to be among writers who just love to write. Read more

Talking Agent Queries With Wendy Burt-Thomas

I was fortunate enough to talk recently with “Query Queen” Wendy Burt-Thomas, who authored the new book, The Writer’s Digest Guide to Query Letters. To learn more about Wendy or her three … Read more

Cover Band Soap Opera: Biggest Show of the Year Approaches; Bandmates Cannot Agree on a Day to Practice Beforehand

Biggest show of the year coming up for my cover band - and coming up fast. This Friday, we are the lead Friday night band for a huge Catholic parish festival in a Cincinnati … Read more

Re-Query an Agent About the Same Project?

Q. Under what conditions, if any, can a writer approach a particular agent more than once with the same project? How much of the original concept, platform, etc., has to change to … Read more

Writer's Digest Editors' Intensive Event: June 20-21

The next Writer’s Digest Editors’ Intensive Event will be held here inCincinnati at our Writer’s Digest headquarters, June 20-21, 2009. These special intensives, held four times per year, invite writers to come … Read more

What Are the BEST Writers’ Conferences in the Country?

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Let’s examine two things: 1) the different kinds of writers’ conferences, and 2) what you want to get out of the event. Read more

Agent Advice: Jennifer Weltz of Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency

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This installment features Jennifer Weltz of the Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency.

Seeking and submissions: She specializes in compelling historicals and thrillers that stand out from the crowd as well as women’s fiction with a taste of the unusual and an emotional tug. She also works with middle grade and picture books where she looks for a voice that you can’t resist to get to know. Read more

Nonfiction Words of Wisdom from Agent Ted Weinstein

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On Wednesday, Ted Weinstein was one of the four literary agents who participated in our “Ask the Agents” panel at the conference. Ted, who specializes in nonfiction books, was full of wisdom on the panel. Inside, you can find four especially nice tidbits from him. Read more

Page 2 News: A Smattering of Info

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Here are some news bits that are cool but didn’t necessitate their own post:

Come to the Wyoming Writers’ Conference!
I’ll be teaching and meeting with writers this weekend (June 5-7) at this conference, held in the scenic Mountain West. Literary agent Meredith Kaffel will be there taking pitches and the location seems like an amazing place to relax and recharge your writing batteries. Read more

READER QUESTION: Will There Be A Pitchfest in New York?

Hey, folks– Wanted to respond to Rosetta‘s Great American Pitchfest question from a couple days ago… “When will an event like this [or at least similar to it] be available in the … Read more

My Adventures in New York 2009 …

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I just got back from our own 2009 writers’ conference in New York. And wow. Everything was a blur. I was running here. Running there. Doing that. Answering questions and phone calls. Holy wow. Read more

A Quick Post re: Pitchfest

Hey, guys– I’ve gotten some emails and questions about Pitchfest, so just wanted to respond real fast… 1)  Rosetta– I’m not sure if/when Pitchfest itself is coming to New York… lemme sniff … Read more

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