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Author Archives: Chuck Sambuchino

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

What if a Literary Agent Doesn't Return Your Calls?

Q. I’ve browsed your site thoroughly and wonder if you could direct me to an article/bit of advice: What do you do when an agent who’s been representing and submitting your manuscript … Read more

2010 GLA Excerpt: Writing the Query Letter

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

New Agency Alert: The OnyxHawke Agency

Editor’s Note: There’s a new agency that opened several months ago I thought I would tell you about. I haven’t met Mr. Kabongo, but I’ve looked over the site and he seems very legit. It’s also a pleasure to see someone who specializes in sci-fi and fantasy – not usually popular topics with agents. Give his website a close look, as their are multiple ways to submit to him.

Looking for: Primarily science fiction and fantasy. Read more

Where is the List of 28 Secret Agents?

Q. The other day, I saw a link to an article called something like “28 Agents Who Want Your Work” or something like that. It was a useful list but I didn’t … Read more

Successful Queries: Agent Michelle Brower and ‘Breathers’

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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 get to hear thoughts from the agent as to why the letter worked.

The sixth installment in this series is with agent Michelle Brower (Folio Literary Management, formerly of Wendy Sherman Associates) and her author Scott Browne, for his novel, Breathers. Read more

New Agents: Laura Wood and Ward Calhoun at FinePrint 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.

Ward’s areas of interest: nonfiction titles in the areas of sports, humor, and pop culture.

Laura’s areas of interest: She “specializes in serious nonfiction, especially in the areas of science and nature, along with substantial titles in business, history, religion, and other areas by academics, experienced professionals, and journalists.” Read more

How I Got My Agent: Carrie Wilson Link

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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.

Carrie Wilson Link wrote a memoir, Unstrung: Memoir of a Mended Marriag. Read more

Cover Band Soap Opera: Lead Singer Falsely Tells Crowd I Love Hanson; I Am Not Amused

Had a good show last night down on the river. It’s fun to place outdoors in the summertime.  At least, it was fun until our lead singer went into bozo mode.  It … Read more

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