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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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New Agent Alert: George Bick of the Doug Grad 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. He is seeking: Bick is...

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How I Got My Agent: Adrienne Kress

"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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The Essential Parts of a Novel Synopsis

1. The Opening Hook You must start strong with the novel synopsis. Agents and editors want to be engaged when they're up at night, plowing through submissions. If they don't like the opening, they won't get through the rest of it.

Cover Band Soap Opera: Def Leppard's 'Pour Some Sugar on Me'

For anyone who follows the ridiculous adventures of my Cincinnati rock cover band, you may have noticed that I don’t put video up of us.  Truth is, I’m self-conscious.  Someone missed a note, or this didn’t sound right, or that’s blurry, blah blah blah.    Well, no more of that. This is my band playing...

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Agent Advice: Byrd Leavell of Waxman Literary Agency

his installment features Byrd Leavell of Waxman Literary Agency. Byrd began his career at Carlisle & Company and then served as an agent at InkWell Management and Venture Literary. He is looking for: General fiction, Mystery, Reference, Biography, Business/investing/finance, History, Health, Travel, Sports, Horror, Humor, Memoir, Pop-culture.

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The “Peggy Sue Got Married” Synopsis

This time it's Peggy Sue Got Married, a good example of a humorous women's fiction story. Look at what this synopsis does right. Peggy Sue is quickly introduced and we see her issues. By the end of the first paragraph the whole story is motion. Since the story is filled with laughs, the...

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They’re Called GOOGLE ALERTS, and Yes We Have Them

If you've never heard of Google Alerts, they're just about the best thing ever. You tell Google a word or phrase, and Google will alert you daily when that phrase is used on the Internet. For example, whenever someone writes the words "Chuck Sambuchino" on a page or blog, Google will tell...

Winners Announced: The 'Worst Storyline Ever' Contest

Thanks to all who entered the second-ever “Worst Storyline Contest” here on the GLA blog.  We got tons of entries!  The judging is over and the winning lines are below (as well as some commentary from me).  Special thanks to several WD and WD Books staffers who weighed in on the judging, and congrats...

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Agent Advice: Michelle Humphrey of Sterling Lord Literistic

This installment features Michelle Humphrey of ICM. As an assistant for the Renee Zuckerbrot Agency and then Anderson Literary, she's worked with such authors as Kelly Link, Amy Ryan, Barry Lyga, and Helen Benedict. Prior to agencies, her gigs have included English Teacher, Proofreader, and Freelance Book Reviewer; her reviews have been published in...

Cold Querying Still Works

This post on the PubRants blog was way too amazing not to mention.  Guest blogger Megan Crewe, writing on agent Kristin Nelson’s site, explains how she polled 270 successful fiction authors and asked them if they broke in with a referral (a personal connection with someone in the business) or whether they cold queried...

New Agent Alert: Myrsini Stephanides of the Carol Mann 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: Nonfiction: pop...

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How I Got My Agent: Mary DeMuth

"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 Advice: Nathan Bransford of Curtis Brown, Ltd.

This installment features Nathan Bransford of Curtis Brown Ltd Besides the usual agenting duties, Nathan is well known for his popular blog on agenting and publishing, widely regarded as one of the best (if not the best) blogs by literary agents on the Internet. In addition, he is a new writer of middle...

Sign Up For My Webinar: 'How to Land a Literary Agent'

You hear me talk a lot on this blog about the writers’ conferences I attend and the presentations I give on agents and pitching.  Well, if you’ve ever wanted to attend such a conference but can’t because of money or proximity issues, here is your chance to listen in and ask questions from your...

The (Second) 'Worst Storyline Ever' Contest!

This contest is now CLOSED (as of Oct. 6).  Thank you to everyone who submitted.  Judging will take place in the next 7 days or soand winners will be notified by e-mail just before I makethe results public.  Thanks! ——————–   Have you got a horrible idea for a story?  Well I want to...

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The “Starman” Synopsis

Now, while wasting some time on Wikipedia the other day, I came across the page for the 1984 sci-fi movie, Starman. I've heard of the movie, sure, but never seen it. Anyway, upon reading the plot, I was captivated - and wanted to show you an example of an excellent synopsis. Read it...