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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.


Talking Nonfiction: Word Count and Promotion

Here are some questions that came in recently.  Both hadto do with nonfiction. Q. For nonfiction: Once the book is published, is the author required to keep a website going about themselves … Read more

Meeting Agents at Conferences – Make a Good Impression

Here’s a bit of advice you probably thought I would never say … When you’re at a writers’ conference, and there are agents there, don’t be afraid to not pitch them.

Wait a second. Back up. Let me explain. At conferences, there are designated “pitch times” where writers meet with agents, or perhaps there’s some kind of “speed dating” thing, such as how the WD conference worked a month ago. Naturally, you want to pitch agents during this time. Read more

GLA Blog Turns 2

This week in June brings not only my real birthday around, but also the birthday of this GLA blog, which began two years ago. Since I’ve posted stuff for two years, I … Read more

How I Got My Agent: Jennifer Lawler

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“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 literaryagent@fwmedia.com and we’ll talk specifics.

Jennifer Lawler is a nonfiction specialist.
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My Conference Adventures in Wyoming…

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Just got back from the 2009 Wyoming Writers Annual Conference in Casper, WY. Good conference! Attendance was up this year and almost all of the writers I met were very passionate about what they were doing. It’s almost energizing to be among writers who just love to write. Read more

Talking Agent Queries With Wendy Burt-Thomas

I was fortunate enough to talk recently with “Query Queen” Wendy Burt-Thomas, who authored the new book, The Writer’s Digest Guide to Query Letters. To learn more about Wendy or her three … Read more

Cover Band Soap Opera: Biggest Show of the Year Approaches; Bandmates Cannot Agree on a Day to Practice Beforehand

Biggest show of the year coming up for my cover band - and coming up fast. This Friday, we are the lead Friday night band for a huge Catholic parish festival in a Cincinnati … Read more

Re-Query an Agent About the Same Project?

Q. Under what conditions, if any, can a writer approach a particular agent more than once with the same project? How much of the original concept, platform, etc., has to change to … Read more

Writer's Digest Editors' Intensive Event: June 20-21

The next Writer’s Digest Editors’ Intensive Event will be held here inCincinnati at our Writer’s Digest headquarters, June 20-21, 2009. These special intensives, held four times per year, invite writers to come … Read more

What Are the BEST Writers’ Conferences in the Country?

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Let’s examine two things: 1) the different kinds of writers’ conferences, and 2) what you want to get out of the event. Read more

Agent Advice: Jennifer Weltz of Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency

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This installment features Jennifer Weltz of the Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency.

Seeking and submissions: She specializes in compelling historicals and thrillers that stand out from the crowd as well as women’s fiction with a taste of the unusual and an emotional tug. She also works with middle grade and picture books where she looks for a voice that you can’t resist to get to know. Read more

Nonfiction Words of Wisdom from Agent Ted Weinstein

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On Wednesday, Ted Weinstein was one of the four literary agents who participated in our “Ask the Agents” panel at the conference. Ted, who specializes in nonfiction books, was full of wisdom on the panel. Inside, you can find four especially nice tidbits from him. Read more

Page 2 News: A Smattering of Info

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Here are some news bits that are cool but didn’t necessitate their own post:

Come to the Wyoming Writers’ Conference!
I’ll be teaching and meeting with writers this weekend (June 5-7) at this conference, held in the scenic Mountain West. Literary agent Meredith Kaffel will be there taking pitches and the location seems like an amazing place to relax and recharge your writing batteries. Read more

READER QUESTION: Will There Be A Pitchfest in New York?

Hey, folks– Wanted to respond to Rosetta‘s Great American Pitchfest question from a couple days ago… “When will an event like this [or at least similar to it] be available in the … Read more

My Adventures in New York 2009 …

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I just got back from our own 2009 writers’ conference in New York. And wow. Everything was a blur. I was running here. Running there. Doing that. Answering questions and phone calls. Holy wow. Read more

A Quick Post re: Pitchfest

Hey, guys– I’ve gotten some emails and questions about Pitchfest, so just wanted to respond real fast… 1)  Rosetta– I’m not sure if/when Pitchfest itself is coming to New York… lemme sniff … Read more

Sell Your Movie or TV Show… and Say Hello… at Pitchfest!

Hey, everyone– Just wanted to invite you all to next month’s annual Great American PitchFest, where I’ll be speaking and doing pitch and project consultations. For those of you who haven’t been … Read more

The Writer’s Digest Writers’ Conference is Almost Here!

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It’s Memorial Day, and I am in the office scrambling to get all kinds of little things done before leaving tomorrow for the Big Apple. Read more

You Must Edit Before You Submit to Literary Agents

One question I get a lot during conference seminars is “How do I know when my work is done and ready to send out?”  Obviously, there is no magic answer for this, … Read more

How I Got My Agent: Lisa Janice Cohen

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“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 literaryagent@fwmedia.com and we’ll talk specifics.

Lisa Janice Cohen is an author of both YA and adult novels. Read more

Is a Quick or Slow Response Time a Sign?

Q. I submitted a query to an agent (with the exact info she requested from the WM site). I expected a response in 3 weeks.  I got a very detailed and polite … Read more

New Agent Alert: Chasya Milgrom of Dystel & Goderich

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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.

Areas of interest: literary fiction, fiction with a splash of irony and humor, psychology, narrative nonfiction, politics, history and pop culture. Read more

How I Got My Agent: Chuck Sambuchino

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“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 literaryagent@fwmedia.com and we’ll talk specifics.
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Will Agents Try to Scam You With Small Costs?

Q. Any red flags to look for regarding cost reimbursements (mailings, etc.) in case they try to make money that way? A: As a refresher for everyone, you never want to pay … Read more

Why Do Agents Have to Love a Book to Take It On?

Q. Why do agents need to “love” a book?  Can’t they simply recognize commercial viability without loving it, and take on a project on that basis alone?        – Anonymous A: … Read more

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