Learn the Keys to Finding an Agent: May 9 Webinar on Queries, Synopses, Pitching, Copyright and More

Getting a literary agent is a massive step to seeing your writing dreams come to life. An agent can get you a book deal from a major publisher. An agent can help sell your book overseas and to Hollywood. An agent can help guide your career. All that said, finding and signing with an agent is a tricky thing. You’ve got to write a manuscript, compose a query, put together a synopsis, research agents, craft a pitch, consider your platform, and more. It’s all a lot to take in. Where do you start? What’s the best path to take?

These types of questions are why we’ve put together the upcoming May 9 live webinar, “Everything You Need to Know About Getting an Agent: Queries, Synopses, Pitching, Copyright, and More.” It’s actually taught by me (Chuck Sambuchino) and lasts 90 minutes. The session is at 1 p.m., EST, Thursday, May 9, 2013 — but you do not need to attend the actual live broadcast to get the recording & extras. And regarding said extras, all attendees will get 1) a downloadable PDF of the book FORMATTING & SUBMITTING YOUR MANUSCRIPT as well as 2) exclusive one-sheet that details the 7 parts of a query letter pitch.



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If you want to get your book published and secure the best deal possible, you need a literary agent—and this webinar, taught by the editor of Guide to Literary Agents—is an one-stop, intensive webinar that will tell you everything you need to know about getting one.

This webinar will delve into the subjects of query letters, synopses, proposals, platform, researching agents, self-publishing, protecting yourself from scams, pitch a series, categorizing your work, and much more. This is an intensive webinar that will leave time for Q&A. If you have questions specific to your situation, ask the instructor. In WD Webinars, no question goes unanswered. Sign up for the webinar here.


This webinar also includes a complete downloadable PDF of Chuck Sambuchino’s book FORMATTING & SUBMITTING YOUR MANUSCRIPT and a special downloadable one-sheet detailing the six essential parts of every pitch. The free book and one-sheet will be delivered to you by May 17, 2013, in the post-webinar e-mail package.


  • What agents do for writers and why you need one
  • How to protect yourself and avoid being scammed
  • How to compile a list of agents to query
  • The 3 essential parts of any query letter
  • Examples of successful pitches in queries
  • The elements of a fiction synopsis
  • What agents want to see in a nonfiction book proposal
  • The differences of submissions for fiction vs. nonfiction
  • Answers to FAQs, such as: Should you query a single book or a series, how many agents should you query at one time, when can you follow up with an agent, and many more. Sign up for the webinar here.


Chuck Sambuchino is an editor and a writer. He works for Writer’s Digest Books and edits two annual resource guides—the Guide to Literary Agents and the Children’s Writer’s & Illustrator’s Market. Chuck’s first humor book, How to Survive a Garden Gnome Attack (gnomeattack.com), was released in 2010 and has been featured by Reader’s Digest, USA Today, the New York Times and AOL News. His second humor book, Red Dog / Blue Dog: When Pooches Get Political (July 2012) has been featured by Political Wire and the Huffington Post. His Guide to Literary Agents Blog (guidetoliteraryagents.com/blog) is one of the biggest blogs in publishing. In addition, Chuck has written two other writing-related titles, and was recently included in a FORBES Top 10 list of “Social Media Influencers: Book Publishing.”

Sign up for the webinar here.

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