My Writing Life

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! It’s a dangerous world out there, full of pointy-hatted murderers. Other than that, there’s been a lot of little things going on...

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 saw whales, glaciers — the whole deal. It was very nice. One of the coolest parts about going anywhere out of the...

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 it was a fun little back-and-forth. See the interview here.

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. So cool! It will be insane to see a different cover with a different language on it. I suspect the reason Italy...

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 know whether to do a nicer, classier event, or something more wild like having my cover band play somewhere and have a...

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 grow. I just wanted to stop for a minute and say thank you for following the site. Thank you if you’ve added...

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! In late 2009, we sold my humor book, How to Survive a Garden Gnome Attack, to Ten Speed Press, which is part...

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 it out! Subscribers get:        1) One-year U.S. subscription to Writer’s Digest magazine (retail value: $47.92).       2) One-year of online...

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,” so I wanted to post a quick something recognizing my agent, Sorche Fairbank. That’s Sorche in the middle. I wassurprised to learn...

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 these ideas below, simply write to me at literaryagent@fwmedia.com, and we’ll talk.  Feel free to repost this post on your blog if...

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 become pretty good at Tweeting. Want more on this topic? A guest column: 20 Query Letter Tips. A guest column: How to...

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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...