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My Gnome Attack Book Lands Mention in Reader's Digest; Good News Has Inspired Another Free Giveaway to Commenters

(Update: Notified winners are Tom F & Eliza C. Congrats you two!) In appreciation of the extreme good news that How to Survive a Garden Gnome Attack got a nice mention in … Read more

Gnome Book at Borders Pic, and an Online Interview

Michelle Sussman snapped this pic of my book at a Borders, though I do not know the location. The danger of gnomes has attracted a prime spot in this store. Protect yourself! … Read more

''How to Survive a Garden Gnome Attack'' Comes Out Today!!!

Holy moley, dudes, my book is out today! It’s crazy to think that after all these months, the release date is really here. The book is available in all major bookstores, or … Read more

Gnomes Book Party in Cincinnati (and a WD Books Editor Event!)

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Two very cool things are happening on Monday, Sept. 20, at Joseph Beth Booksellers in Cincinnati.

First, at 5:30, I’m having an open event to celebrate the release of my book, How to Survive a Garden Gnome Attack. The event is open and will have some free snacks (score!). I believe I will be talking about the book for a little while, and then moving on to the Bistro for some food. Come on down! Read more

My Adventures in … Alaska (and Canada, Too)

I just got back from a cruise vacation to Alaska and British Columbia. (It was kind of the last chance to vacation before things get super-crazy this fall.) My wife and I … Read more

Alice Pope Interviews Me on the SCBWI Blog

Alice Pope, the former editor of Children’s Writer’s & Illustrators Market, interviewed me yesterday on her big SCBWI blog. It was the former editor of CWIM talking to the new editor, and … Read more

I am the New Editor of Children's Writer's & Illustrator's Market

I just heard recently that I will be the new editor of Children’s Writer’s & Illustrator’s Market starting with the next edition (the 2012 edition). The news is both an honor and … Read more

Molto Bene: Gnomes Gets Offer For Italian-Language Rights

Got some exciting news last week. Italy’s coolest publishing house, whose name I cannot even remember now, made an offer to buy Italian-language rights of How to Survive a Garden Gnome Attack. … Read more

Call For Blogs/Websites/Media Interested in Reviewing or Writing About ''How to Survive a Garden Gnome Attack''

My publicist has asked me to put out a call for any websites or media or blogs that are interested in reviewing or talking about my new humor book, How to Survive … Read more

Insane Good Fortune: First Print Run for Gnomes Jumps to 35K

I am not exactly sure why, and my editor offered only the explanation of “specialty shop demand,” but the first print run of my book recently jumped from a solid 20,000 to … Read more

The Blog Reaches 1,000 Posts — And I Offer 4 Good Reasons For You to Keep Reading It

I passed 1,000 posts yesterday. Rock on. This blog is approaching its three-year anniversary and keeps growing. After a record-setting March in terms of page views, April’s final number was 10,000 higher. … Read more

Question: What's Expected at a Book Release Party?

I’ve never been to a book release party, which is probably why I have no idea what to do concerning the upcoming celebration of the release for my Gnomes book. I don’t … Read more

Formatting & Submitting Your Manuscript: The Awesome Third Edition

This is so cool. Very soon after holding a copy of the new 2010 Guide to Literary Agents in my hand last summer, I got some more good news: my other new book, Formatting … Read more

A Thank You to My Wonderful Blog Readers!

I just got the numbers stuff for March 2010 and it was the blog’s biggest month ever. Right now, the site gets more than 100,000 page views each month and continues to … Read more

”Prosaic," ”Exacerbate,” and Other Words I Tried to Squeeze Into College Newspaper Articles For My Own Amusement


There were always the same few words that kept popping up in my college research papers. Words like “exacerbate,” “maelstrom, “quagmire,” “aforementioned,” and the deliciously awesome “melange.” Words like this were thrown in as an attempt to sound smarter than I was. Read more

My Agent and I Sold a Book!

I’ve kind of kept this news under wraps for a while but I recently got the OK from my editor to let the news out. My agent and I sold a book! … Read more

Save Money With The Writer's Digest VIP Program

Writer’s Digest has started something cool recently: a new VIP program. It’s kind of discount all-in-one package where you get tons of stuff for one price. It’s a great offer so check … Read more

Unofficial Agent Appreciation Day!

I was kind of “off the grid” Friday (planning a party – see next post blog entry), which explains why I didn’t post this earlier. Friday was named “Unofficial Agent Appreciation Day,” … Read more

4 Awesome Ways You Can Write For the GLA Blog

Thanks to all my awesome visitors, the GLA blog is getting pretty big.  Want to get involved and boost your platform a little?  Agents love platform. If you’re interested in any of … Read more

Formatting & Submitting Your Manuscript (My New Book!) is Out!

This is so cool.  Very soon after holding a copy of the new 2010 Guide to Literary Agents in my hand thsi summer, I got some more good news: my other new book, Formatting & … Read more

I Caved and Joined Twitter

So, yeah, it was bound to happen one day or another.  I caved and joined.  Follow me if you dare (@ChuckSambuchino), mwahahahaha. I predict I will either quit within a month or … Read more

How Many Agents Should You Query? Is There a ''Right'' Number?

How many agents should you query?  This is a question I myself am facing right now, as I search for Agent #2 for my middle grade novel.  This is a complicated matter, … Read more

My Writing Life: Middle Grade Novel Almost Finished; Search For Second Agent to Commence

As I wrote about before, my agent is Sorche Fairbank of Fairbank Literary.  Sorche and I are working together on three nonfiction writing projects right now, and she is shopping around two … Read more

How I Got My Agent: Chuck Sambuchino


“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.
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Interview with Writer Unboxed!


Writer Unboxed, a cool site devoted to genre fiction writing, was kind enough to interview me recently, asking plenty of questions about the new 2008 Guide to Literary Agents. Read more

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