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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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How I Got My Agent: Greg Gutierrez

"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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What Agents Hate (Author 101 Series)

When writers try to get an agent, they are asked to run a difficult course, and run it under a microscope. Although the level of scrutiny that writers receive is huge, it is definitely surmountable. Read the following items that agents dislike and alter your approaches accordingly. Agents hate the following...

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Agent Advice: Joe Monti of Barry Goldblatt Literary (Part II)

This installment is part II of II, and features Joe Monti of Barry Goldblatt Literary. Joe has been in the business for more than twenty years. He started as a bookseller, became the children’s fiction buyer at Barnes & Noble, worked at Houghton Mifflin, and recently at Little, Brown Books for Young Readers as...

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Five Signs a Literary Agent is a Good Match For You

So you’ve got a great book and you want to get it published. You could try to simply market it, sell it and negotiate it on your own, but many new to the business simply don’t feel comfortable doing that on their own. That means that it’s time to find an agent but you...

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How I Got My Agent: Katharina Gerlach

"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: Amberly Finarelli of Andrea Hurst Literary Management

This installment features Amberly Finarelli of Andrea Hurst Literary Management. She is seeking: Her nonfiction areas of interest: Humor/gift books, Crafts, How-to (financial, house and home, health and beauty, weddings), Relationships/advice, Self-help, psychology, Travel writing, Narrative Nonfiction. Her fiction areas of interest: Commercial women's fiction, Comic and cozy mysteries, Literary fiction with a focus on...

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New Agent Alert: Beth Fleisher of Barry Goldblatt 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: She...

2010 GLA Excerpt: How to Write a Book Proposal

The 2010 Guide to Literary Agents has arrived in bookstores and is available now. 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.  I suppose...

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Agent Advice: Diane Freed of FinePrint Literary Management

This installment features Diane Freed of FinePrint Literary Management in Manhattan. Diane has been in the book publishing field her entire career, and with FinePrint since 2006. She owned and managed an independent publishing services company, edited reference books for U.S. News & World Report, and has coordinated book promotional campaigns for Time-Life Books. She...

Examine Great High-Concept Hooks for Children's Books

Whether you’re writing a kids novel, adult genre novel or screenplay, you’re ahead of the pack if you have a good “hook.”  By that, I mean a story that is easily summarized in one, intriguing sentence (a logline). Teen writer Jay Asher recently went through the Fall 2009 preview in Publishers Weekly, examining upcoming...

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How I Got My Agent: Billy Coffey

"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...

Example of a Mind-Boggling Horrible Query Letter

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. —— Guest blog column providedby Ric Klass, showing writerseverything they SHOULDN’Tdo in a query. August 24, 2009 Ms. AgentWilliam Morris Agency1825 Park AvenueNew York, NY 10012 Hi...

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Agents Tell How To Start a Story Right

Les Edgerton, an author and pretty cool guy, talked to a lot of literary agents when writing his book Hooked, which is all about grabbing readers on page one and never letting them go. Les has shared some of the agent advice below for us!