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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Synopsis Example: “The Fly” (Horror / Sci-Fi)

Here's another example of a fiction synopsis. This time it's The Fly (1986). I took a crack at this one because my synopsis examples were light on horror stories. The main thing with this synopsis was to streamline Seth's transformation process (and I left a lot of details on the cutting room floor) so that...

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25th Free “Dear Lucky Agent” Contest: Thrillers and Horror

Agent judge Alec Shane has picked the 3 winners (no order). Thank you to all who entered. The three winners are: Jonah Blank, HER HUNDRED HANDS   Kathy Kubay, THE SATOR SQUARE   Barry Brakeville, COLD ———————– Welcome to the 25th (free!) “Dear Lucky Agent” Contest on the GLA blog. This is a FREE recurring online contest...

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7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Steve Toutonghi

This is a recurring column I’m calling “7 Things I’ve Learned So Far,” where writers (this installment written by Steve Toutonghi , author of JOIN) 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 they’ve learned along their writing journey that they...

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New Literary Agent Alert: Vanessa Robins of Corvisiero Literary

She is Seeking: NA—all, especially humor; YA—gritty plots with diverse characters; Fiction—thought out thrillers, romance with strong female leads, heavily based science sci-fi, and sports-centric plots; Nonfiction—memoirs including coming of age, cultural/ethnic/sexuality, survivor, and humor themed. Bonus points for Medical Narratives (characters with medical illnesses and chronic diseases, or MS told through a medical...

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The Constant Gardener

Before I had a garden, I remember how desperately and urgently I craved success. I remember staying up all night, writing as fast as I could, or agonizing over the same few paragraphs. I would do anything to get published. And all of that was profoundly unhelpful. What I needed to do was leave the...

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How I Got My Literary Agent: Constance Lombardo

“How I Got My Agent” is a recurring feature on the Guide to Literary Agents Blog, with this installment featuring Constance Lombardo, author of MR. PUFFBALL: STUNT CAT ACROSS AMERICA. These columns are great ways for you to learn how to find a literary agent. Some tales are of long roads and many setbacks, while others...

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24th Free “Dear Lucky Agent” Contest: Literary Fiction

UPDATE: Winners chosen. Agent judge Annie Hwang has picked her 3 winners (no order, with a bonus 4th). They are: Nancy Johnson for THE KINDEST LIE Lee Kaplan for THE FLIGHT OF THE LESSER KESTREL Faerl Marie Torres for A NEW SEASON Julie Carrick Dalton for THE POACHERS’ CODE ———————– Welcome to the 24th (free!) “Dear...

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Contests: A Non-Traditional Route to Publication

Like most unpublished writers, I believed that there were only two paths to getting my words and thoughts before the world’s readers. I could go the traditional route of sending out query letters, and hope my brilliant writing would be plucked from the slush pile on a discerning agent’s desk. She would then successfully pitch...

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7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Liam Walsh

This is a recurring column I’m calling “7 Things I’ve Learned So Far,” where writers (this installment written by Liam Walsh, author of FISH) 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 they’ve learned along their writing journey that they...

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How I Got My Literary Agent: Victoria Coe

“How I Got My Agent” is a recurring feature on the Guide to Literary Agents Blog, with this installment featuring Victoria Coe, author of FENWAY AND HATTIE. These columns are great ways for you to learn how to find a literary agent. Some tales are of long roads and many setbacks, while others are of good...

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The Kama Sutra of Getting Published

Put yourself in these three publishing positions to maximize your chances. I wrote my first book-length manuscript at the foolish age of 19 and thought it would set the New York publishing houses ablaze. A few dozen rejection letters and no blaze later, and I came to understand what we all understand as writers:...

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Author Interview: K.C. Alexander, author of Transhumanist Sci-Fi novel, NECROTECH

Today, we’re featuring another debut author interview. These interviews are an amazing resource for writers, because they allow you to hear the story of a successful writer and determine what did or didn’t work for them. K. C. Alexander, author of NECROTECH (Sept 2016, Angry Robot), is mostly human and occasional Outer God. Previous writing credits include a...

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Conferencing for Introverts 2.0

A while back, I wrote about attending a conference as an introvert, and how misguided “outsiders looking in” feelings can sometimes hold us back from getting the most value from an event. The reality is that published or unpublished, agent or editor, we attend conferences for the same reason: to grow, network, and learn....

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7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Pat Esden

This is a recurring column I’m calling “7 Things I’ve Learned So Far,” where writers (this installment written by Pat Esden, author of BEYOND YOUR TOUCH) 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 they’ve learned along their writing journey...