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The 2015 Guide to Literary Agents is Out! Here are 47 Reasons to Buy It (and a Giveaway Contest!)

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The new 2015 edition of the Guide to Literary Agents is out, all updated and packed with info. I realize there are other places you can turn to for information on agents, but the Guide to Literary Agents has always prided itself as being the biggest (we list almost every agent) and the most thorough (guidelines, sales, agent by agent breakdowns, etc.). That’s why it’s been around for 24 years and that’s why it’s sold more than 320,000 copies. It works—and if you keep reading, I’ll prove it to you below with proof from 47 people.

THE GIVEAWAY!!! Comment on this post and just say anything nice about any element of Writer’s Digest you enjoy — from a blog post to a class or a book or anything else. In two weeks (Sept. 25, 2014), I will pick 3 winners randomly to win a copy of the book! It’s that easy. Read more

The 2014 Children’s Writer’s & Illustrator’s Market Is Out — And Here Are 8 Darn Good Reasons to Buy It (and Naturally I’m Giving Away Books!)

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The new 2014 edition of the Children’s Writer’s & Illustrator’s Market is updated and packed with info. Now in its 26th year, the newest edition still provides great market and submission/contact information for book publishers, art reps, international publishers, literary agents, contests, magazines, conferences and more. Read on to hear from several best-selling authors who endorse the book, including Meg Cabot (The Princess Diaries), Jay Asher (13 Reasons Why), and many more.

THE GIVEAWAY! Comment on this post and just say anything nice about any element of Writer’s Digest you enjoy — from a blog post to a class or a book or anything else. In two weeks, I will pick 3 winners randomly to win a copy of the book! It’s that easy. (UPDATE: zippydoodah, Sheryl Davis-Troller & authoralyssamayley won.) Read more

My Writing Life: GNOME ATTACK Mentioned by Mental Floss, and I’m Signing Books at Cincinnati’s Book Festival on Oct. 12, 2013

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I will be signing books at Cincinnati’s huge book festival, Books by the Banks, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, at the Duke Energy Convention Center in downtown Cincinnati. Come by and say hello! But there are way more reasons to pop by the festival than to see me. Besides me (Chuck), you can also meet fellow WD staffer Brian A. Klems, who, in 2013, celebrated the release of his successful humorous parenting book, OH BOY YOU’RE HAVING A GIRL. Read more

The 2014 Guide to Literary Agents is Out! Here are 44 Reasons to Buy It (and a Giveaway Contest!)

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The new 2014 edition of the Guide to Literary Agents is out, all updated and packed with info. I realize there are other places you can turn to for information on agents, but the Guide to Literary Agents has always prided itself as being the biggest (we list almost every agent) and the most thorough (guidelines, sales, agent by agent breakdowns, etc.). That’s why it’s been around for 23 years and that’s why it’s sold more than 300,000 copies. It works—and if you keep reading, I’ll prove it to you with testimonials from 44 awesome writers.

THE GIVEAWAY! Comment on this post and just say anything nice about any element of Writer’s Digest you enjoy — from a blog post to a class or a book or anything else. In two weeks (Sept. 25, 2013), I will pick 3 winners randomly to win a copy of the book! It’s that easy. (UPDATE: cvanderpool, Jenxian and Justin Z. won.) Read more

My Daughter, Geneva Rose, Turns 3 Months Old (Cute Picture Warning!)

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Cute baby photo warning! My first baby — daughter Geneva Rose Sambuchino — turns 3 months old today. She was our precious Halloween arrival, and each day she continues to wow us with her absolute cuteness. Here are some pictures of this little angel growing bigger by the day. I figured I would share them for any readers who love baby pics. (I also posted pictures of her a few days after she was born.) Enjoy! Read more

40 Damn Good Reasons to Read The Guide to Literary Agents Blog in 2013 (and a Giveaway Contest)

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Recently, the Guide to Literary Agents Blog passed 2,000 posts. Thank you to all my readers — both long-time and new — that continue to make this one of the biggest blogs in publishing. With this 2,000-post milestone behind me, I wanted to pass on 40 damn good reasons to keep reading this site in 2013.

Reason #1: Contests & free books galore. In fact, I’m starting with this post! I’ll pick 3 random commenters of this post after 2 weeks and the two winners can have any of my writing books that they want. Take your pick! Comment below for your chance to win!​ By the way, if you share this contest via Twitter and include your handle below for me to check that you did, you get not only one entry in the contest, but three! (WINNERS CHOSEN: seagoat, kelseygillespy, and justhowitsounds30 (Nathan).) Read more

WD’s Tunesday: Volume 2 — Name That Tune and Win Awesome Writing Stuff

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Enjoy a little rock & roll music from time to time? Who doesn’t? Well I’m trying something fun and different (again!) today as a Tuesday pick-me-up to try and get your week going. It’s my own crazy variation of NAME THAT TUNE and I’m calling it WD’S TUNESDAY. This is Volume 2. It runs until Dec. 19, 2012. The rules and the gist are simple. Watch the video. I play 12 riffs on my guitar. You try to name as many of them as you can, and e-mail me your answers to literaryagent at fwmedia dot com. The person who names the most correct answers gets lots of cool prizes (see below). Read more

6 Reasons to Check Out My New Book, CREATE YOUR WRITER PLATFORM (Plus a Giveaway Contest)

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It’s a very exciting day for me. That’s because my most recent book on writing, CREATE YOUR WRITER PLATFORM (Writer’s Digest Books), is now available everywhere. So very cool! This book is near to my heart because I’ve long taught on the importance of platform and feel like the topic will only be more prevalent as time goes on. So read below to learn 6 very good reasons to check out the book and then see about the giveaway happening right now (ends Dec. 3, 2012)! Read more

Agent Gina Panettieri Teaches “How To Find The Right Agent To Sell Your Book” – New Webinar With Critique on Oct. 11, 2012

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Who better to help you find the best agent than a great agent working in today’s marketplace? Here at WD, we publish the Guide to Literary Agents as a huge database of agents and what they want. But getting the book is just the first step. You need to investigate agents for possible submissions then research what they like and what they’re selling. The more you target your submissions, the better off you’ll be. And when you receive an offer of representation from an agent, how do you know if they’re the best fit for you in the long run? Luckily for us, we have an expert on the matter to teach a webinar. Agent Gina Panettieri (Talcott Notch) teaches “How To Find The Right Agent To Sell Your Book” on Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012. All attendees get a critique. Read more

RED DOG Book News Roundup: Book at Urban Outfitters, “Whine at 9″ Podcast Interview, and I’ll Be at Books by The Banks in Cincinnati on Oct. 20, 2012…

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The big news concerning my own writing is that my new humor book, RED DOG / BLUE DOG: WHEN POOCHES GET POLITICAL, is in Urban Outfitters. Exciting! Because of the close of Borders, getting your book into any specialty markets — be that Urban Outfitters, Lowes, Michaels or anywhere else — is very important. I walked by an UO in Chicago and looked all over the book table for my book, only to be pleasantly surprised to see that the book was, in fact, at the front table next to a bunch of other political stuff. Read more

The Latest Children’s Writer’s & Illustrator’s Market Is Out — So Get Your Children’s Book Published

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The 2013 Children’s Writer’s & Illustrator’s Market is out and available in major bookstores! I’m super pumped about its release. It’s a great resource guide for writers of picture books and novels for kids (young adult, middle grade) as well as illustrators. The new 2013 edition is all updated and packed with info. Now in its 25th year, the newest edition still provides great market and submission/contact information for book publishers, international publishers, literary agents, contests, magazines, conferences and more. Click through to read 5 testimonials about the book from amazing bestselling authors like Jay Asher and Meg Cabot.

THE GIVEAWAY!!! Comment on this post and just say anything nice about any element of Writer’s Digest you enjoy — from a blog post to a class or a book or anything else. In two weeks, I will pick 2 winners randomly to win a copy of the book! It’s that easy. (UPDATE: kathyellendavis and PatriceWrites won.) Read more

The 2013 Guide to Literary Agents is Out! Here are 28 Reasons to Buy It (and a Giveaway Contest)

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The new 2013 edition of the Guide to Literary Agents is out, all updated and packed with info. I realize there are other places you can turn to for information on agents, but the Guide to Literary Agents has always prided itself as being the biggest (we list almost every agent) and the most thorough (guidelines, sales, agent by agent breakdowns, etc.). That’s why it’s been around for 22 years and that’s why it’s sold more than 300,000 copies. It works—and if you keep reading, I’ll prove it to you.

THE GIVEAWAY!!! Comment on this post and just say anything nice about any element of Writer’s Digest you enjoy — from a blog post to a class or a book or anything else. In two weeks, I will pick 3 winners randomly to win a copy of the book! It’s that easy. (Thank you to all who entered. The winners are Nicole Evelina, Robin.Deffendall and Julia Monroe Martin.) Read more

My Writing Life: Book Release Party Features Lots of Red, White & Blue; Gnome Book Spotted in Idaho Store

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One of the most exciting things about having a new book released is sharing the exciting moment with family and friends. This past weekend, I got to do that with a low-key-yet-very-nice book release party for RED DOG / BLUE DOG that I hosted at my house. (For my last book, I organized something bigger, so this time I went simple.) Needless to say, my dog, Graham, was a huge hit at the event and was plum tuckered by the time everything ended. Read more

My new book, RED DOG / BLUE DOG, comes out today! (Comment to enter the giveaway contest)

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Oh my gosh the big day is finally here! My new humor book, RED DOG / BLUE DOG: WHEN POOCHES GET POLITICAL, comes out today, July 31. So exciting! There’s some basic info about the book below, but I’ll just skip to the giveaway info:

GIVEAWAY CONTEST:

– In celebration of release day, I will be picking three (3) commenters on this post to win a free copy of ANY of my books that they choose. Winners can pick from the following: 2012 Guide to Literary Agents, 2012 Children’s Writer’s & Illustrator’s Market, Formatting & Submitting Your Manuscript, Create Your Writer Platform, Red Dog / Blue Dog, and How to Survive a Garden Gnome Attack. (If you tweet or share news of my book release and this contest through social media such as Facebook, you get 2 entries into the contest instead of one. Thank you for spreading the word!) Good luck! Comment within 2 weeks to enter. (UPDATE: Renee Carter Hall, PoesChild, and sddblake won.) Read more

It’s Real! First Copies of RED DOG / BLUE DOG Appear — And I’m Looking For Bloggers/Journalists Who Want Review Copies

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WooooHoooooo! The first physical copies of my next humor book, RED DOG / BLUE DOG: WHEN POOCHES GET POLITICAL, appeared at BookExpo America in New York last week. Look below to see my agent, Sorche Fairbank, holding the first physical copy of the book I’ve seen. And I was super-pumped to see the book get its first major mention, as the huge political news site, Politicalwire.com, gave the book a shout-out this week, as well.

Keep reading the learn more about the chance to receive a review copy of the book. Read more

Announcing My Next Humor Book: RED DOG / BLUE DOG (and Giveaways To Celebrate!)

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It’s been more than a year and a half since my first humor book, HOW TO SURVIVE A GARDEN GNOME ATTACK, came out. Writing that book was a fun, crazy journey that has now led me here. I am so freaking excited to finally announce the release of second humor book, RED DOG / BLUE DOG, a collection of dog photos with humorous politically-oriented captions. Because of this news, I am celebrating with some fat giveaways. (Update: bdaniels119, Kelly Mogk and skoneal90 won the contest.) Read more

Gnome Attack Roundup: We Sell Japanese Language Rights; Screenplay Being Written; “Attack of the Garden Gnomes” Marching Band Music Actually Freaking Exists

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1. We sold Japanese rights to GNOMES! This is very exciting. We sold Italian language rights in mid-2010 but had lacked any good overseas news until this month. It was a nice bit of good news, because you make little sums of money for every territory you sell to overseas. Hopefully, it will sell to other countries, as well. (Come on, Germany!) Read more

The 2012 Guide to Literary Agents Is Out! That Means Giveaways and 22 Reasons to Buy It.

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The new 2012 edition of Guide to Literary Agents has more than 20 brand new literary agencies never before listed in the book. I realize there are other places you can turn to for information on agents, but the Guide to Literary Agents has always prided itself as being the biggest (we list almost every agent) and the most thorough (guidelines, sales, agent by agent breakdowns, etc.). That’s why it’s been around for 21 years and that’s why it’s sold more than 275,000 copies. It works—and if you keep reading, I’ll prove it to you.

THE GIVEAWAY: Comment on this post, and in one week’s time, I will pick three winners randomly to win a copy of the book! It’s that easy. (Update: Karen, Tammy and Anna won.) Read more

Gnome Attack Roundup: Madness in Ohio as Giant Gnomes Take Over Arboretum; I Make Appearance to Offer Anti-Gnome Guidance

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Today I attended the opening of the Holden Arboretum’s Gnome and Garden Exhibit in Kirtland, OH. The exhibit goes into September.

Wow. There were huge designed gnomes all over the place. I kept waiting for one to pull out a huge machete and just end me right there for good. I walked around with a mustache and sunglasses on to protect my identify as the world’s top Gnome Defense Expert. Here are some photos I took: Read more

Gnome Attack Roundup: Fine Gardening Interviews Me, and I'm Headed to Kirtland, OH on June 19 to Battle Giant Gnomes (Seriously … Kind Of)

It’s summertime and gnomes are everywhere. I feel like I’m taking crazy pills—there are so many. I haven’t been writing about book news recently because I’ve been too busy reinforcing all my … Read more

The Blog Reaches 1,500 Posts — And I Offer 11 Good Reasons For You To Keep Reading It

I passed 1,500 posts recently. Rock on. This blog is approaching its four-year anniversary and keeps growing. Last I checked, the blog now receives 140,000 page views a month. I just want … Read more

2011 Guide to Literary Agents is Out!

The book is finally out and available in major bookstores! The new 2011 edition of Guide to Literary Agents has more than 20 brand new literary agencies never before listed in the … Read more

Gnome Attack Roundup: Free Book Giveaway With New Interview

I had a nice “writer moment” today in a bookstore. I went into a bookstore and spotted several Gnome books in the humor section, so I started to sign them. Then this … Read more

Gnome Attack Roundup: Interview Roundup

Since the announcement last week that Sony & Robert Zemeckis were optioning the film rights to my book, I’ve been getting a lot of questions about what happens next in the process. … Read more

Gnome Attack Roundup: Sony to Option Film Rights; Robert Zemeckis Attached to Project (and I'm Giving Away Free Books to Celebrate!)

On Friday morning, I got an e-mail from a coworker with the subject line reading “Holy. Crap.” That just about sums up my weekend. I received word late Thursday night that Sony … Read more

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