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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.


New Agent Alert: Gordon Warnock of Andrea Hurst & Associates Literary Management

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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.

He is seeking: Nonfiction: Memoir, Pets, Cookbooks, Self-Help, Current Events, Humor, How-To, Health and Dieting. Fiction: Commercial Narrative, Character-Driven Literary, Monster and Disaster, Pets, Humor. Read more

How I Got My Agent: Lisa Lawmaster Hess

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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 Lawmaster Hess writes inspirational and juvenile. Read more

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If you like what you’re reading on this Guide to Literary Agents blog, you can get daily notifications via an RSS feed alerting you when I post new material.  Simply put your … Read more

Successful Queries: Agent Chip MacGregor and 'Mind the Gap'

This new series is called “Successful Queries” and I’m posting actual query letters that succeeded in getting writers signed with agents.  In addition to posting the actual query letter, we will also … Read more

Editor Advice: Romance Expert Leah Hultenschmidt of Dorchester Publishing (Part I)

This is Part One of a two-part interviewwith Leah. See Part II here. Leah Hultenschmidt is an editor of Romance and Westerns at Dorchester Publishing, where she has worked for nine years. … Read more

Agent Don Maass Explains Your Tools for Character Building

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Without a quality of strength on display, your readers will not bond with your protagonist. Why should they? No one wants to spend four minutes, let alone four hundred pages, with a miserable excuse for a human being or even a plain old average Joe. So, what is strength? Read more

Cover Band Soap Opera: Monsoon Wrecks Outdoor Gig; Soaked Bandmembers Sent Home

So the bassist and I are talking by cell phone, both staring at Weather.com.  We agree: It’s going to storm all night.  We shouldn’t play out usual Thursday gig on the river … Read more

New Agent Actively Seeking Middle Grade and Young Adult

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Emily Keyes, a junior agent at the L. Perkins Agency, has posted that she is “avidly” seeking good children’s writing – young adult and middle grade works. Read more

What if a Literary Agent Doesn't Return Your Calls?

Q. I’ve browsed your site thoroughly and wonder if you could direct me to an article/bit of advice: What do you do when an agent who’s been representing and submitting your manuscript … Read more

2010 GLA Excerpt: Writing the Query Letter

The 2010 Guide to Literary Agents arrives in-house within one week and, needless to say, I am excited to see it in print.  I mean – just look at the book.  It … Read more

New Agency Alert: The OnyxHawke Agency

Editor’s Note: There’s a new agency that opened several months ago I thought I would tell you about. I haven’t met Mr. Kabongo, but I’ve looked over the site and he seems very legit. It’s also a pleasure to see someone who specializes in sci-fi and fantasy – not usually popular topics with agents. Give his website a close look, as their are multiple ways to submit to him.

Looking for: Primarily science fiction and fantasy. Read more

Where is the List of 28 Secret Agents?

Q. The other day, I saw a link to an article called something like “28 Agents Who Want Your Work” or something like that. It was a useful list but I didn’t … Read more

Successful Queries: Agent Michelle Brower and ‘Breathers’

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This new series is called “Successful Queries” and I’m posting actual query letters that succeeded in getting writers signed with agents. In addition to posting the actual query letter, we will also get to hear thoughts from the agent as to why the letter worked.

The sixth installment in this series is with agent Michelle Brower (Folio Literary Management, formerly of Wendy Sherman Associates) and her author Scott Browne, for his novel, Breathers. Read more

New Agents: Laura Wood and Ward Calhoun at FinePrint Literary Management

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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.

Ward’s areas of interest: nonfiction titles in the areas of sports, humor, and pop culture.

Laura’s areas of interest: She “specializes in serious nonfiction, especially in the areas of science and nature, along with substantial titles in business, history, religion, and other areas by academics, experienced professionals, and journalists.” Read more

How I Got My Agent: Carrie Wilson Link

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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.

Carrie Wilson Link wrote a memoir, Unstrung: Memoir of a Mended Marriag. Read more

Cover Band Soap Opera: Lead Singer Falsely Tells Crowd I Love Hanson; I Am Not Amused

Had a good show last night down on the river. It’s fun to place outdoors in the summertime.  At least, it was fun until our lead singer went into bozo mode.  It … Read more

Agent Advice: Sheree Bykofsky of Sheree Bykofsky Associates, Inc.

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This installment features Sheree Bykofsky of Sheree Bykofsky Associates, Inc.

She is seeking: prescriptive nonfiction with a fresh idea and a twist on standard advice. She also seeks narrative nonfiction with a sharp voice, a point of view, and a reason for readers to discover it: weird, intelligent, funny pop culture, and music. Also, popular reference with an edge to it. She does very little fiction, but would love to find a wonderful new voice. Read more

The Wind Up… and the Pitch

Hey, TV writers– If you have an idea for the next Flight of the Conchords, Burn Notice, or Nurse Jackie (which, by the way, I just started watching this week– really funny!) … Read more

New Agent Alert: Brenda Bowen of Sanford J. Greenburger Associates

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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: Bowen represents authors and illustrators of children’s books for all ages (preschool to teen) as well as, in her words, “graphic novelists, animators and maybe a surprise element or two.” Read more

Leah's '12 Points of Contracts'

Look for an upcoming interview on this blog with Dorchester books editor Leah Hultenschmidt.  Typically, I interview agents only, yes, but I met Leah at a conference in Italy last year and … Read more

Should You Meet an Agent In Person After Signing?

Q. Once you have an agent – would you meet with them in person often or is most contact done via phone and e-mail? A: You could meet them in person, and … Read more

How I Got My Agent: Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen

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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.

Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen, who writes nonfiction. Laurie is a writer and blogger who created and maintains a series of Quips and Tips blogs. She’s also the Feature Writer for Psychology Suite101. Read more

Successful Queries: Agent Verna Dreisbach and ‘The Power of Memoir’

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This new series is called “Successful Queries” and I’m posting actual query letters that succeeded in getting writers signed with agents. In addition to posting the actual query letter, we will also get to hear thoughts from the agent as to why the letter worked.

The fifth installment in this series is with agent Verna Dreisbach (Dreisbach Literary) and her author Linda Joy Myers, for her nonfiction book, The Power of Memoir. Read more

Agent Jennifer Laughran Talks Juvenile Writing

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This is a “Blast From the Past” post. To celebrate the GLA Blog’s 2nd birthday, I am re-posting some of the best “older” content that writers likely missed.

Since I hope to one day write juvenile fiction, I sat in on a session at the San Francisco WC where agent Jennifer Laughran of Andrea Brown Literary and Wendy Lichtman, author of Secrets, Lies & Algebra, talked tips and advice on writing for teenagers and pre-teens. Read more

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