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.


Announcing the Best Agent Blogs for 2010

Every year, Writer’s Digest compiles its massive “101 Best Websites for Writers” article, and this year’s installment just hit newsstands in the May/June issue. (It will be online soon.) With that in mind, I give you my five choices for the best agent blogs on the Internet today. It was tough, and I couldn’t...

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How To Publicize Your Book With Courage

When it comes to first-time, do-it-yourself publicity for your book, jumping into the unknown can seem a lot easier said than done. You may find, though, that simply having a great respect and adoration for the book(s) you seek to publicize will enable you to sprout the wings that you need to soar, right...

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My Adventures in … Dayton

This month, I attended the Erma Bombeck Writers Workshop in Dayton, Ohio. The conference really is one of a kind. It's an event for humor writers of all kinds and only happens every two years. The conference draws big names, such as Dave Barry in the past, and this year one of its many...

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7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Christine Fonseca

This is a recurring column I’m calling “7 Things I’ve Learned So Far,” where writers at any stage of their career can talk about seven things they’ve learned along their writing journey that they wish they knew at the beginning. This installment is from writer Christine Fonseca. School psychologist by day and lover of books...

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Be (Slightly) Afraid of Posting Your Work Online

My co-worker, Jane Friedman, recently wrote a column for Writer Unboxed titled "Stop Being Afraid of Posting Your Work Online." Her column lists reasons why writers should not be afraid of posting material on websites. The column is in response to my usual advice to writers, which is that posting work online is generally...

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Agent Advice: Lisa Bankoff of ICM

This installment features Lisa Bankoff of ICM (International Creative Management). She is seeking: literary fiction, some women's fiction, some mainstream fiction, and narrative nonfiction written by journalists.

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How I Got My Agent: James L. Rubart

"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...

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New Agent Alert: Amy Boggs of the Donald Maass Literary Agency

Reminder: Newer agents are golden opportunities for new writers because they’re likely building their client list; however, always make sure your work is as perfect as it can be before submitting, and only query agencies that are a great fit for your work. Otherwise, you’re just wasting time and postage. She is seeking: fantasy and...

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7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Traci Borum

This is a recurring column I’m calling “7 Things I’ve Learned So Far,” where writers at any stage of their career can talk about seven things they’ve learned along their writing journey that they wish they knew at the beginning. This installment is from writer Traci Borum. Traci Borum teaches Creative Writing at the college...

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Agent Advice: Kelly Mortimer of Mortimer Literary Agency

This installment features Kelly Mortimer of Mortimer Literary Agency. The founder and president of the Christian Media Association, she has received the 2008 American Christian Fiction Writers “Agent of the Year” award as well as a spot in 2008’s Top Five on the Publisher’s Marketplace list of “Top 100 Dealmakers” in the romance category. She...

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10 Questions to Ask an Agent Before You Sign

1. How long have you been an agent? Tell me about your path to becoming an agent. 2. Are you a writer yourself? (Writing experience can give an agent a better perspective. However, if they're immersed in numerous projects of their own, it can possibly mean that the agent isn't totally focused on getting your...

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Agent Michael Larsen on Starting Your Career (Part 2)

7. Build communities: You can’t get your books right or make them succeed by yourself. Get the help you need by helping people and asking them to help you. 8. Develop your craft as a marketer: • Build your platform: your continuing visibility, online and off, with the readers for your books. • Build the communities you need to...

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How to Collaborate With a Co-Writer

Writing a book can be a chore. Many thousands of words are required, and only so many of them can be "the" or "very." It should come as no surprise that, faced with such a task, an author might decide to share the writing load with another. There are advantages and disadvantages to sharing...

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How I Got My Agent: Eve Brown-Waite

"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...

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7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Mary Potter Kenyon

This is a recurring column I’m calling “7 Things I’ve Learned So Far,” where writers at any stage of their career can talk about seven things they’ve learned along their writing journey that they wish they knew at the beginning. This installment is from writer Mary Potter Kenyon. Mary Potter Kenyon has had more than...

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New Literary Agent Alert: Bree Ogden of Red Sofa Literary

Reminder: Newer agents are golden opportunities for new writers because they’re likely building their client list; however, always make sure your work is as perfect as it can be before submitting, and only query agencies that are a great fit for your work. Otherwise, you’re just wasting time and postage. She is seeking: Middle Grade,...

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How I Got My Agent: Kathleen O’Keefe-Kanavos

"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...

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Agent Michael Larsen on Starting Your Career (Part 1)

1. Read: Ernie Gaines, author of the Oprah book club selection, A Lesson Before Dying, believes that you can only write as well as you read. So read what you love to read and write what you love to read. Reading will enable you to establish criteria for your books. Also read about authors...