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Author Archives: Chuck Sambuchino

2010 GLA Excerpt: How NOT To Get an Agent

The 2010 Guide to Literary Agents arrives in-house within one week and, needless to say, I am excited to see it in print.  I mean – just look at the book.  It … Read more

My Writing Life: Middle Grade Novel Almost Finished; Search For Second Agent to Commence

As I wrote about before, my agent is Sorche Fairbank of Fairbank Literary.  Sorche and I are working together on three nonfiction writing projects right now, and she is shopping around two … Read more

Cover Band Soap Opera: Drummer Quits; New Drummer Joins Band Version 2.0

It was a long time coming, but our drummer has finally given his official resignation and left the band.  The guy was burnt out on playing covers for some time and it … Read more

Agent Advice: Elisabeth Weed of Weed Literary

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This installment features Elisabeth Weed of Weed Literary. She previously worked at Curtis Brown and Trident before starting her own agency.

She is seeking: She handles “upmarket women’s fiction as well as an eclectic mix of non-fiction, with an emphasis on narrative, investigative and women’s issues from the humor driven to the thought provoking.” Read more

Successful Queries: Agent Jon Sternfeld and 'Children of Disappointment'

This new 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 … Read more

Query Writing Tips From Agent Michelle Andelman

This is a “Blast From the Past” post.  To celebrate the GLA Blog’s 2nd birthday, I am re-posting some of the best “older” content that writers likely missed. At the CNU conference … Read more

How I Got My Agent: Eugenia Kim

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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.

Eugenia Kim, is a writer of both novel-length and short fiction. Her first novel, The Calligrapher’s Daughter is both historical and multicultural. Read more

How Royalties and Advances Work

This is a “Blast From the Past” post.  To celebrate the GLA Blog’s 2nd birthday, I am re-posting some of the best “older” content that writers likely missed. If you’re going to … Read more

Upstart Crow Literary Forms, and Offers Plenty of Great Advice on Website

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Three agents from Firebrand Literary have broken off to form a new agency: Upstart Crow Literary. Strange name aside, I think the agency looks very cool. Read more

2010 GLA Excerpt: Blogs, Facebook and Social Media

The 2010 Guide to Literary Agents arrives in-house within one week and, needless to say, I am excited to see it in print.  I mean – just look at the book.  It … Read more

Agent Advice: Susanna Einstein of LJK Literary Management

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This installment features Susanna Einstein of LJK Literary Management. Susanna has worked in publishing since 1995 and is one of the founding agents at LJK, where, since 2005, she has been building a client list and selling projects ranging from children’s picture books to adult literary fiction.

She is seeking: She is interested in: crime fiction, historical fiction, literary fiction, and women’s fiction, as well as the occasional narrative or practical nonfiction book. She is particularly interested in finding great middle-grade or young adult books. Her primary requirement for any project she handles is having a distinct voice.
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Live Blogging From SCBWI National Conference

If you’re all about writing or illustrating for children, then hopefully you’re at the national SCBWI conference in Los Angeles right now.  But if you couldn’t make it for whatever reason, you’re … Read more

New Agent Alert: Adriana Dominguez of Full Circle Literary

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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: Fiction: Children’s books – picture books, middle grade novels, and (literary) young adult novels. On the adult side, she is looking for literary, women’s, and historical fiction. Nonfiction: Multicultural, pop culture, how-to, and titles geared toward women of all ages. Read more

Editor Advice: Romance Expert Leah Hultenschmidt of Dorchester Publishing (Part II)

This is Part Two of a two-part interviewwith Leah. SeePart I here. Leah Hultenschmidt is an editor of Romance and Westerns at Dorchester Publishing, where she has worked for nine years. After … Read more

Blake Snyder Was the Master of Structure

I got word yesterday that screenwriter Blake Snyder passed away this week at the much-too-young age of 52.  To quickly explain who he is: Blake had a few of his screenplays produced, … Read more

New Agent Alert: Gordon Warnock of Andrea Hurst & Associates Literary Management

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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.

He is seeking: Nonfiction: Memoir, Pets, Cookbooks, Self-Help, Current Events, Humor, How-To, Health and Dieting. Fiction: Commercial Narrative, Character-Driven Literary, Monster and Disaster, Pets, Humor. Read more

How I Got My Agent: Lisa Lawmaster Hess

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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.

Lisa Lawmaster Hess writes inspirational and juvenile. Read more

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If you like what you’re reading on this Guide to Literary Agents blog, you can get daily notifications via an RSS feed alerting you when I post new material.  Simply put your … Read more

Successful Queries: Agent Chip MacGregor and 'Mind the Gap'

This new 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 … Read more

Editor Advice: Romance Expert Leah Hultenschmidt of Dorchester Publishing (Part I)

This is Part One of a two-part interviewwith Leah. See Part II here. Leah Hultenschmidt is an editor of Romance and Westerns at Dorchester Publishing, where she has worked for nine years. … Read more

Agent Don Maass Explains Your Tools for Character Building

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Without a quality of strength on display, your readers will not bond with your protagonist. Why should they? No one wants to spend four minutes, let alone four hundred pages, with a miserable excuse for a human being or even a plain old average Joe. So, what is strength? Read more

Cover Band Soap Opera: Monsoon Wrecks Outdoor Gig; Soaked Bandmembers Sent Home

So the bassist and I are talking by cell phone, both staring at Weather.com.  We agree: It’s going to storm all night.  We shouldn’t play out usual Thursday gig on the river … Read more

New Agent Actively Seeking Middle Grade and Young Adult

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Emily Keyes, a junior agent at the L. Perkins Agency, has posted that she is “avidly” seeking good children’s writing – young adult and middle grade works. Read more

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