Author Archives: Chuck Sambuchino

Bent Objects: An Awesome Blog-to-Book Success Story

I am a big fan of blog success stories—instances where someone starts a blog that has enough momentum to warrant a book deal. Now there are the big blogs that are almost too big to feel happy for, such FailBlog or F My Life. And then there are middle-of-the-road awesome success stories like Bent...

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New Media Rehab: Opportunities Through Blogs and More

It’s no news that big print media considers new media a kind of onslaught, as though traditional print is the once-lustrous orchard, and bloggers and other independents are each a locust, which, one-at-a-time, are not normally threatening, but jillions of them at once is a different story. Guest blogger Hollis Gillespie is a humor writer...

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Agent Advice: Quinlan Lee of Adams Literary

This installment features Quinlan Lee of Adams Literary. Prior to joining Adams Literary, Quinlan worked for eight years as a freelance children’s writer for Scholastic, HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster, working on licensed projects for Clifford Puppy Days, Dora the Explorer, Hello Kitty and the Planet Earth series. She is seeking: interested only in children’s, middle-grade,...

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Writing Tips From Max Lucado, Best-Selling Author

New York Times best-selling Christian author Max Lucado spoke of the tools writers have, at the Writing for the Soul conference in Denver in February 2010. Below, find his best tips on subject, discipline and clarity for writers. Guest column by Audra Krell, published freelance writer. Audra is also a vocalist, and she and...

New Agent Alert: David Patterson of Foundry Literary + Media

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: David is...

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7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Libby Gleeson

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 Libby Gleeson. Kids writer Libby Gleeson lives in New...

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So You’ve Set Up a Writer Blog—Now What?

If you read my previous guest post on how to set up a blog, you know how easy the tech stuff can be. Once you’ve found your perfect theme and written up your contact info, there’s just one thing left: the first entry. Faced with the paralyzing task of finding something relevant to say,...

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Agent Advice: Kate Epstein of The Epstein Literary Agency

This installment features Kate Epstein of The Epstein Literary Agency. Kate founded her agency in 2005, after four years' acquisitions experience at Adams Media. Kate Epstein holds a B.A. with Highest Honors in English from the University of Michigan. She is seeking: The only fiction she accepts is YA. On the nonfiction side, she...

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How I Got My Agent: C.J. Omololu

"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 Rachelle Gardner's Teaching a Webinar!

Exciting news. Literary agent Rachelle Gardner (well known for her super-awesome and popular publishing blog) will be teaching an online webinar on Thursday, March 11, on “How Do Agents and Editors Decide?” It’s a 90-minute online class guaranteed to be an info-filled bonanza of advice and tips for both fiction and nonfiction writers. ABOUT...

7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by F. Gerard Jefferson

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 F. Gerard Jefferson. F. Gerard Jefferson is a nonfiction...

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Agent Advice: Adam Chromy of Artists and Artisans Inc.

This installment features literary agent Adam Chromy, founder of Artists and Artisans Inc. As a screenwriter, he has established connections in the film industry, and his book deals have led to one New York Times bestseller. In 2002, he established Artists and Artisans Inc., a literary management company in New York City, after spending...

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New Agent Alert: Don Fehr of Trident Media Group

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: new literary...

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Demystifying Contracts: What Every Writer Should Know

At the SCBWI 2010 Winter Conference, agent Edward Necarsulmer IV (of McIntosh & Otis) gave a presentation called "The Real Deal about Contracts." At McIntosh & Otis, Necarsulmer handles his clients’ contracts with publishers. Other agencies have contracts departments. Either way, both agents and authors should understand the ins and outs of contracts and...

Footnotes: 5 Articles on Writing Picture Books

“You have to write whichever book it is that wants to be written.” ~ Madeleine L’Engle 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 up five articles on writing picture books. 1. Ten Myths about writing for kids....

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7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Colette Martin

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 Colette Martin. Following a career as a marketing executive,...