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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.


Live Blogging From SCBWI National Conference

If you’re all about writing or illustrating for children, then hopefully you’re at the national SCBWI conference in Los Angeles right now.  But if you couldn’t make it for whatever reason, you’re in luck.  My coworker, Alice Pope, as well as several other very capable individuals are live blogging all about the conference –...

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New Agent Alert: Adriana Dominguez of Full Circle 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: Fiction: Children's...

Blake Snyder Was the Master of Structure

I got word yesterday that screenwriter Blake Snyder passed away this week at the much-too-young age of 52.  To quickly explain who he is: Blake had a few of his screenplays produced, but he was more well known for selling a lot of scripts.  He had an amazing track record of selling original, uncommissioned...

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How I Got My Agent: Lisa Lawmaster Hess

"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...

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 get to hear thoughts from the agent as to why the letter worked.  The seventh installment in this series is with agent...

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 suddenly stops returning your calls and e-mails? I am in this unfortunate predicament. I have reason to believe the agent is still...

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 looks like a delicious s’more.  That is – a delicious s’more filled with tons of agent info and conference info and articles. ...

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....

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 save it, and am now wondering how to find it (or other articles like it). Thanks!          – Quentin A. I know...

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How I Got My Agent: Carrie Wilson Link

"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...

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!) but aren’t sure how to sell it, I’d love to see you next Tuesday, when I’m teaching my pitching seminar for mediabistro...

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

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...

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 you can just tell immediately that this editor knows her stuff inside and out.  Very smart lady, and I wanted to get...