Chuck Sambuchino’s Guide to Literary Agents Blog

Chuck Sambuchino is an editor and published author who runs the Guide to Literary Agents Blog, one of the biggest blogs in publishing. His site has instruction and information on literary agents, literary agencies, query letters, submissions, publishing, author platform, book marketing, and more.


Blow-By-Blow: Writing Action and Fight Scenes

Conflict, as we all know, is the lifeblood of a story. And nothing quite epitomizes raw conflict like a thrilling fight scene. If you’re like me, you crave those climactic moments in prose or on the screen, when, the hero and villain finally find themselves facing each other, circling, ready to duke it out...

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How to Write and Sell Your Romance & Erotica — Agent One-on-One Boot Camp (w/Critique!) with Corvisiero Literary Starts October 12, 2015

Romance and erotica novels make up a significant percentage of all adult fiction in the book industry. Generating approximately $2 billion in sales per year, the market is indeed competitive, but it is vastly large and the profits can be anyone’s. All authors need to do is produce a good product and know how...


4 Things to Avoid When Finishing Your Novel

**GIVEAWAY! Emily is excited to give away a free copy of her novel to a random commenter. Comment within 2 weeks.** Emily Adrian, author of 2015 debut novel LIKE IT NEVER HAPPENED, shares 4 things to avoid at all costs so you can finally sit down and finish that novel.

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13 Things You May Not Know About Agents

You’ve read lots of articles about literary agents, but here are 13 things you might not have heard yet. 1. We really hate how often we have to say “no” to writers. It’s one of the most excruciating parts of our job! So don’t imagine us gleefully rubbing our hands together and cackling happily...


7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Jennifer Latham

This is a recurring column I’m calling “7 Things I’ve Learned So Far,” where writers (this installment written by Jennifer Latham, author of SCARLETT UNDERCOVER) at any stage of their career can talk about writing advice and instruction as well as how they possibly got their book agent — by sharing seven things they’ve learned along their writing journey that...


How to Cope with Bad Reviews

**GIVEAWAY! Mary is excited to give away a free, signed copy of her novel to a random commenter. Comment within 2 weeks.** Mary Lawrence, author of 2015 novel THE ALCHEMIST'S DAUGHTER, shares 15 pieces of encouragement and advice for writers dealing with bad reviews.


New Literary Agent Alert: Mary South of Lowenstein Associates

Mary is seeking: Mary is currently looking for literary fiction with a compelling voice, an exquisite use of form, and the utmost attention paid to the beauty of the sentence. She also has an interest in nonfiction on subjects such as neuroscience, bioengineering, women's rights, design, and digital humanities, as well as investigative journalism,...

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Selling Your Children’s Book: How to Write and Pitch Novels & Picture Books for Kids — Sept. 28 Boot Camp by the Agents at P.S. Literary (with a Critique for all Attendees)

In this Writer's Digest Boot Camp starting Sept. 28, 2015, "Selling Your Children’s Book: How to Write and Pitch Novels & Picture Books for Kids," the agents of P.S. Literary Agency will show you how to make your submission stand out. How do you write a children's book with commercial appeal? How do you...


6 Tips for Revising Picture Books

**GIVEAWAY: Marci is excited to give away a free, signed copy of her novel to a random commenter. Comment within 2 weeks.** Marcie Wessels, author of 2015 picture book PIRATE'S LULLABY shares 6 tips for staying on track during the messy process of picture book revision.


8 Tips for Writing a Tenacious Teen Sleuth

**GIVEAWAY! Kimberly is excited to give away a free copy of her novel GRUNGE GODS AND GRAVEYARDS to a random commenter. Comment within 2 weeks. ** Author Kimberly G. Giarratano, author of the YA Grunge Gods and Graveyards Mysteries series, shares how to write a spunky YA/MG sleuth, à la Veronica Mars.


What I Learned from Attending Writers’ Conferences

Before teaming up with a new publisher to release both my poetry compilation ATL Fire and California travel memoir Golden State Misadventures over one quarter of a year in 2015, I frequented writers’ conferences and grew from those experiences. Column by Han Vance, author of memoir GOLD ENSTATE MISADVENTURES (August 2015, Silver Stone Press). His...


How to Make a Book Trailer

Making a book trailer is no easy feat, but to stay competitive in a highly saturated book market, it needs to be done. Recently, Tara Lynne Groth of Write Naked found my book trailer on Google+ and contacted me about doing a interview. And afterwards, guess what? She bought the book! Book marketing is...


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

**GIVEAWAY! Sasha is excited to give away a free free prize pack (including a Life From Scratch tote, signed book, recipe cards, and Nat Geo travel mug) to a random commenter. Comment within 2 weeks.** Sasha Martin, author of debut memoir LIFE FROM SCRATCH, shares the 7 biggest lessons she has learned during her writing...


6 Tips for Switching Genres

Ask any author, agent, or editor—heck, ask the publishing house intern who fetches the coffee—and they’d all agree: the most important factor in writing (successfully) is finding one’s voice. After writing eighteen mysteries in three different series, I decided to pen a standalone mainstream novel—THE PARIS KEY—and though I knew my non-mystery voice had...