Author Archives: Chuck Sambuchino

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5 Tips on Maximizing a Writers’ Conference

1. Choose sessions you find interesting It’s no secret you need to know how to write a sparkling query, but you’re intrigued to find out how journaling can release your creative muse. Go for the muse. Hundreds of websites will be waiting at home to tell you how to write a query letter. Whenever...

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Agent Advice: Chris Richman of Upstart Crow Literary

This installment features Chris Richman of Upstart Crow Literary. Chris received his undergraduate degree in professional writing from Elizabethtown College, and an MA in Writing from Rowan University. A former playwright, contributor to The Onion, and sketch comedy writer, Chris broke into agenting in 2008 and has sold several projects. He is looking for: "Chris...

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How I Got My Agent: Stephanie Feldstein

"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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New Literary Agent Alert: Mary Kole of Andrea Brown Literary

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: "young adult...

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The “Witness” Synopsis

This time it's Witness. Witness is kind of strange category—probably mainstream fiction in book terms. It's got the Amish elements, a dash of crime stuff at the beginning and end.Look at the synopsis below. I like how it's pretty short. There could be a lot more said about the culture clash in Philadelphia...

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New Agent Alert: Kimberly Shumate of Living Word Literary 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: adult fiction,...

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Agent Advice: Dan Conaway of Writers House

This installment features Dan Conaway of Writers House. Dan has been Executive Editor at Putnam, Executive Editor at HarperCollins, Director of Literary Acquisitions at PolyGram Films, Story Editor at Citadel/HBO, Creative Executive at Tribeca Films, and Associate Editor at W.W. Norton. He is looking for: literary fiction, true crime, commercial fiction, historical fiction, thrillers/suspense;...

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7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Jessica Zelenko

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 Jessica Zelenko. Jessica Zelenko is a new writer living...

I Caved and Joined Twitter

So, yeah, it was bound to happen one day or another.  I caved and joined.  Follow me if you dare (@ChuckSambuchino), mwahahahaha. I predict I will either quit within a month or become pretty good at Tweeting. Want more on this topic? A guest column: 20 Query Letter Tips. A guest column: How to...

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Literary Agents Talk Blogging, Twitter and More

Outside, it was a warm Friday afternoon at Myrtle Beach. Inside, eager, nervous writers filled a windowless room at the South Carolina Writers Workshop, hoping to learn how to do the “social networking” thing that we keep hearing is no longer optional. Guest Blogger Michelle Hodkin writes for young adults, tweets (MichelleHodkin) and blogs.

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How I Found My Agent: Marisha Chamberlain

"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...

Agent Sara Crowe's Call for Young Adult Submissions

Sara Crowe, an agent with Harvey Klinger, Inc, recently posted an in-depth post concerning exactly what she looks for in a young adult submission.  Fascinating stuff, considering this is exactly the kind of thing writers need to see to pinpoint the best fits for their work. Here’s some example text from the post: “I am...

Cover Band Soap Opera: 'Alive' by Pearl Jam

For anyone who follows the ridiculous adventures of my Cincinnati rock cover band, you may have noticed that I don’t put video up of us.  Truth is, I’m self-conscious.  Someone missed a note, or this didn’t sound right, or that’s blurry, blah blah blah.    Well, no more of that. This is my band playing...

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How to Get an Agent’s Attention (SCWW Guest Post)

Eleven agents attended the SCWW conference and four participated in the panel discussion “What Gets Our Attention.” They didn't mention fun things like serving them mashed potatoes in the buffet line or skywriting your query over lovely Myrtle Beach. Instead, they gave us simple advice, a great reminder that it’s not really rocket science. This...

Get Involved With the GLA Blog!

Well do ya want to get involved?  Huh huh dooya dooya?  The GLA blog is a well-trafficked site and there are different ways you can get involved if you’re feeling saucy.  Remember, if you want to contribute, contact me at literaryagent@fwmedia.com and we will talk. ———- 1. Been to a conference recently?  Guest blog! ...

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My Adventures in Myrtle Beach …

Got back recently from the South Carolina Writers' Workshop, a big ol' conference down in Myrtle Beach. One of the first things I did when I got there was run on the beach. So. Awesome. Being from Ohio, I never take beach time for granted.

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Agent Elaine Spencer Talks Queries

Elaine Spencer joined The Knight Agency in September, 2005. Elaine belongs to the Association of Authors' Representatives (AAR) and Romance Writers of America (RWA). She is actively building her client list, and is currently accepting submissions of the following types of books: commercial literary fiction, women’s fiction, contemporary romance, historical romance, romantic suspense, high-concept...