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.


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Selling Your Children’s Book: How to Write and Pitch Novels & Picture Books for Kids — June 29 Boot Camp by the Agents at P.S. Literary (with a Critique for all Attendees)

Children’s books—young adult, middle grade, and picture books—have taken over the publishing industry (in a good way). Readers of all ages are devouring the books that used to only take up space in libraries, children’s bookshelves, or school classrooms. Now, children’s books are celebrated for their enchanting prose, their relatable characters, their beautiful illustrations,...

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New Literary Agent Alert: Moe Ferrara of BookEnds, LLC

She is seeking: Moe is interested in science fiction and fantasy for all age groups (no picture books). She loves a bit (or a lot!) of romance in her fiction, so the right contemporary or historical romance will spark her interest. She's LGBTQ friendly, so send her that male/male erotic romance in your back...

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10 Ways to Never Get Published

Getting your book published means that actual people will read it, and who wants that? Here are 10 bona fide ways to make sure your manuscript never sees the light of day. 1. Perfect your work. Revision is for amateurs; perfection is the goal. Your book can always be better than it is today!...

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Get to Know Literary Agent Jennifer Chen Tran, Who Just Moved to Fuse Literary

"I'm looking to acquire literary fiction, commercial fiction, women’s fiction, upmarket fiction, contemporary romance, mature Young Adult, New Adult, suspense/ thriller and select graphic novels (adult, YA or MG). As a second-generation Taiwanese-American, I am particularly interested in voices from underrepresented and marginalized communities, strong and conflicted female characters, war and post-war fiction, and...

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New Literary Agent Alert: Saba Sulaiman of Talcott Notch Literary

She is seeking: In adult fiction, she seeks upmarket literary and commercial fiction, romance (all subgenres except paranormal), character-driven psychological thrillers, cozy mysteries, and memoir. In young adult, she seeks all subgenres except paranormal, fantasy, and sci-fi. She’s particularly interested in contemporary realistic stories, fast-paced mysteries, or lush historicals. She also seeks middle grade...

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New Literary Agent Alert: Jennifer Johnson-Blalock of Liza Dawson Associates

Reminder: New literary agents (with this spotlight featuring Jennifer Johnson-Blalock of Liza Dawson Associates) are golden opportunities for new writers because each one is a literary agent who is likely building his or her client list.   About Jennifer: Jennifer Johnson-Blalock joined Liza Dawson Associates as an associate agent in 2015, having previously interned...

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7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Jessamyn Hope

This is a recurring column I’m calling “7 Things I’ve Learned So Far,” where writers (this installment written by Jessamyn Hope, author of SAFEKEEPING, a novel) 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...

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New Literary Agent Alert: Eve Porinchak of Jill Corcoran Literary

She is seeking: Specifically looking for edgy, psychological thrillers, gang-lit, realistic contemporary. Some of Eve's favorite books are: "True Notebooks" by Mark Salzman, "Monster" by Walter Dean Myers, "Gone Girl" by Gillian Flynn, "You Shall Know Our Velocity" by Dave Eggers, "The Psychopath Test" by Jon Ronson, "This Is For The Mara Salvatrucha, Inside...

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Thoughts on the Unreliable Narrator

Dana is the main character in my book, The Pocket Wife. She is bipolar and off her medication; she’s also going through lots of “stuff,” and this toxic mixture is beginning to bring on a manic episode. In Chapter One, Dana is poised for flight. Still, she is quite lucid. In fact, except for...

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New Literary Agent Alert: Penny Moore of FinePrint Literary Management

She is seeking: picture books (fun off-the-wall concepts to memorable heartfelt messages), middle grade, and young adult (especially fantasy, historical fiction, sci-fi, and contemporary stories exploring romance and the complications of growing up). In adult fiction, her tastes lean towards literary, speculative fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, psychological thrillers, and select romance projects. She’s also open...

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4 Signs You Might Be a Book Diva

It’s been less than a year since my very first book was published. It has been a wonderful, eye-opening year where I’ve reached unbelievable highs, dipped to depressing lows, and learned a boatload of lessons about the writing world. The biggest lesson I’ve learned over the past nine months is: Don’t be a diva....

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How I Got My Literary Agent: Jared Brock

“How I Got My Agent” is a recurring feature on the Guide to Literary Agents Blog, with this installment featuring Jared Brock, author of the memoir A YEAR OF LIVING PRAYERFULLY. These columns are great ways for you to learn how to find a literary agent. Some tales are of long roads and many...

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New Literary Agent Alert: Linda Camacho of Prospect Agency

Linda is seeking: Adult, middle grade, and young adult fiction across all genres (romance, horror, fantasy, realistic, light sci-fi, and graphic novels). Select literary fiction (preferably with commercial bent). Diversity of all types (ethnicity, disability, sexuality, etc.). Linda is NOT seeking: Early readers/chapter books, screenplays, poetry, and short stories. For more specific ideas of...

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What Happens When You Lose Your Literary Agent?

GIVEAWAY: Kristine is excited to give away a free digital copy of her novel to a random commenter. Comment within 2 weeks; winners must live in Canada/US to receive the book by mail. You can win a blog contest even if you’ve won before. (Please note that comments may take a little while to...

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New Literary Agent Alert: Trena White of The Transatlantic Agency

She is seeking: I specialize in upmarket, accessible nonfiction that challenges current conceptions, whether through a “big ideas” book or narrative. I am drawn to entrepreneurs and people who are innovators in their fields and writing about current affairs, business, culture, politics, technology, religion, and the environment. I am most interested in authors who...

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Have an Agent Critique Your Entire Picture Book or the First 10 Pages of Your YA/MG Book: Agent One-on-One Boot Camp Starts April 20

The world of children’s books-young adult, middle grade and picture books-has seen more growth in the last ten years than any other category in the publishing industry. Countless articles and op-eds have analyzed the booming success of now-iconic series like Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, and Fancy Nancy. But while critics are debating the...

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How to Choose Your Novel’s Title: Let Me Count 5 Ways

Would you buy a book called Trimalchio in West Egg? Scribner didn’t—the publisher asked F. Scott Fitzgerald to change the title of his novel, which we all know as The Great Gatsby. Readers judge a book not only by its cover but its title. I thought I knew that already from the famous Fitzgerald...