Author Archives: Chuck Sambuchino

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7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Bonnie Trenga

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 Bonnie Trenga. Bonnie Trenga is the author of The...

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Agent Advice: Kristin Nelson of Nelson Literary Agency

This installment features Kristin Nelson with Nelson Literary Agency, LLC. She has her B.A. from the University of Missouri at Columbia and is a graduate of the nationally respected University of Denver Publishing Institute. As for her previous work history, Kristin has been a college English teacher, a freelance writer, and a corporate trainer...

Footnotes: 5 Articles on Romance Writing

“You write to communicate to the hearts and minds of others what’s burning inside you.  And we edit to let the fire show through the smoke.”  ~Arthur Polotnik Footnotes is a recurring series on the GLA blog where I pick a subject and provide several interesting articles on said topic. This week I’m serving...

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New Agent Alert: Lauren MacLeod of the Strothman Agency

Reminder: Newer agents are golden opportunities for new writers because they’re likely building their client list; however, always make sure your work is as perfect as it can be before submitting, and only query agencies that are a great fit for your work. Otherwise, you’re just wasting time and postage. She is seeking: middle grade...

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7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Donna Gambale

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 Donna Gambale. Donna Gambale blogs at the First Novels...

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Agent Advice: Stacia Decker of Donald Maass Literary

This installment features Stacia Decker, an agent with the Donald Maass Literary Agency, which she joined in 2009 after agenting at Firebrand Literary. A former editor at Harcourt and Otto Penzler Books, Stacia began her career at Farrar, Straus & Giroux after earning an MFA in nonfiction writing at Columbia University. She is looking...

Footnotes: 8 Articles on Query Letter Writing

Footnotes is a recurring series on the GLA blog where I pick a subject and provide several interesting articles on said topic. You’ve revised your manuscript to the point where you can’t stand to look at it anymore and now you are ready to tackle the dreaded query letter. Today I’m serving up 8...

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How I Got My Agent: Heather McCorkle

"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...

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Tips for Writing and Selling the Book-Length Memoir (Part 1 of 2)

“Is my life fascinating enough?” That’s the question raised today in a special guest column by journalist and memoir writer Ethan Gilsdorf, author of Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks. (This column is Part 1 of 2. See Part II here.) If you’re interested in writing life stories and memoir, check out Ethan’s Boston-based, eight-week...

My Dog Loves Kids Books

Oh my God this picture is just off-the-charts cuteness. My mother-in-law just started a new job as a kids librarian (with storytime and the whole deal), and my wife sent her this picture to get her psyched up. It’s my pup, Graham, complete with book and glasses as props. He’s like Professor Graham!

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New Agent Alert: Jennifer Unter of The Unter Agency

Reminder: Newer agents are golden opportunities for new writers because they’re likely building their client list; however, always make sure your work is as perfect as it can be before submitting, and only query agencies that are a great fit for your work. Otherwise, you’re just wasting time and postage. She is seeking: quality fiction...

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“The Rock” Synopsis

This time it’s The Rock, my second attempt at a thriller. The story is high-concept, but I didn’t want to glance over the three lead characters, as they are all pretty cool. A lot of the story takes place on the island, so I had to do plenty of summarizing there.

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7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Jody M. Roy

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 Jody M. Roy. Jody M. Roy, Ph.D., serves on...

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Agent Advice: Rachelle Gardner of Books & Such Literary

This installment features Rachelle Gardner, an agent with Books & Such Literary. Rachelle works with both fiction and nonfiction authors. She has been in the publishing business for thirteen years, working in various positions encompassing marketing, sales, international rights, acquisitions and editorial. Also, know that Rachelle is featured "Ask the Pro" guest for the...

Agent Kate Epstein Now Accepting Young Adult

I saw a note on Nancy Parish’s Sound and Furry blog about how agent Kate Epstein of Epstein Literary is now taking young adult fiction and nonfiction. Below you will find the gist from Kate. For submission guidelines, head to the Epstein Lit website. Kate says: “I’m so excited about this. YA books are...

Save Money With The Writer's Digest VIP Program

Writer’s Digest has started something cool recently: a new VIP program. It’s kind of discount all-in-one package where you get tons of stuff for one price. It’s a great offer so check it out! Subscribers get:        1) One-year U.S. subscription to Writer’s Digest magazine (retail value: $47.92).       2) One-year of online...

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New Adult: What Is It?

“Home” is such a simple word, at least on the surface. But where is home to a modern 24 year old? Is it the tiny apartment that she lovingly decorated with IKEA furniture and inexpensive trinkets from Target? Is it the two-story Victorian that he grew up in, where his parents still welcome him...

Two Contests for Kids Writers

If anyone prides themselves on having a beat on ongoing writing contests hosted by editors, agents and other professionals, they should contact me. I would love to have a recurring contests update on here. Recently, I got wind of two different contests happening now/soon. Check them out: 1. Kids agent Mary Kole, who I...

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How I Got My Agent: Matt Mikalatos

"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...

Feeling Crazy? Me Too. Oscar Predictions for 2009 …

Predict the Oscar winners? NOW? Before the nominees have even been announced? Are you crazy? Luckily, today, I am. And if you’re feeling crazy, feel free to agree or disagree with me on this crazy, somewhat-pointless-yet-immensely-fun exercise. Please keep in mind I’m talking about who WILL win, not who SHOULD win—two totally different things...

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Agent Scott Eagan On: Romance vs. Women’s Fiction

When I first opened Greyhaus Literary Agency in 2003, I decided to focus simply on romance and women’s fiction. Since that time, I honestly don’t know how many times I have been asked “What is the difference between romance and women’s fiction?” It seems that, in my humble opinion, the line has really been...