Author Archives: Chuck Sambuchino

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The 5 Stages of Querying

#1) Conceit – This is the beginning of the query experience in which you are convinced that any agent would be a fool to turn you down. You know deep in your heart this is the most fantastic book ever written and every agent who reads your query will request a full, (or at...

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Agent Michael Larsen Talks 12 Ways to Excite Pros About Your Novel

1. Your idea: new, creative, timely, informative, entertaining, transformative, commercial, helpful, aimed at a large, proven market. 2. Your writing: style, tone, humor, drama, inspiration, insights, voice. Michael Larsen and his wife Elizabeth Pomada founded Larsen-Pomada Literary Agents and run the Writing for Change Conference (Nov. 13-14, 2010 in San Francisco).

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How I Got My Agent: Tom Leveen

"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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7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Alan Orloff

This is a 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 Alan Orloff. Alan Orloff's debut mystery, Diamonds for the Dead,...

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New Agent Alert: Amanda Luedeke of MacGregor 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: childrens, YA,...

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How I Got My Agent: Shannon Whitney Messenger

"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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7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Holly Schindler

This is a 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 Holly Schindler. Holly Schindler's debut YA novel, A Blue So...

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6 Keys to Revising Your Fiction

I am a former high school English teacher, so I’m familiar with the importance of revision. For eight years, I drug my students through several drafts of each essay I assigned, harping on them to tighten and sharpen their writing. When I received my first (six page) editorial letter from my agent, I found...

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How I Got My Agent: Rhonda Hayter

"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 Agent Alert: Chelsea Gilmore of Maria Carvainis 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. Chelsea is seeking: women’s fiction,...

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7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Lara Ehrlich

This is a 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 Lara Ehrlich. Lara Ehrlich is currently finishing revisions to her...

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How to Write a Hospital Scene in Your Novel

As a doctor, I don't like reading books or TV shows about doctors. Not because I'm jaded and think I've heard it all before (quite the contrary) but because often it feels like the writers just haven't done their research. I'm not talking about highly involved medical research—it's the basics that can trip you...