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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.


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

Cover Band Soap Opera: Four Things I've Learned as a Cover Band Guitarist

1. Letting that one drunk guy onstage to sing “Mr. Jones” is a recipe for disaster.          You all know the guy I’m talking about.  He’s the one who keeps blurting … Read more

Successful Queries: Agent Bernadette Baker-Baughman and ‘War is Boring’

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I’ve meant to start this new series on the blog for a while now, but am just now getting around to it. It’s 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 fourth installment in this series is with agent Bernadette Baker-Baughman (Baker’s Mark Literary Agency, LLC) and her author David Axe, for his graphic novel, War is Boring. Read more

New Agent Alert: Jacquie Flynn of Joelle Delbourgo 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.

Nonfiction areas of interest: business and career, technology, science, psychology, self-help, and parenting. Read more

How I Got My Agent: Alice J. Wisler

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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.

Alice J. Wisler, writes fiction and is the author of Rain Song (2008, Bethany House). Read more

17 Reasons Why Book Manuscripts Are Rejected

This post has been up for a while, but I just now saw it so I want to give it a shout out.  It’s a  post over on The Adventurous Writer blog … Read more

New WD Writing Prompts Blog! (and a Cool Webinar Coming Up)

Zac Petit, my coworker and all-around awesome guy, has started a brand new blog dedicated to writing prompts.  He will be posting prompts three times a week and the best writer response … Read more

Successful Queries: Agent Mary Sue Seymour and ‘A Gift of Grace’

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I’ve meant to start this new series on the blog for a while now, but am just now getting around to it. It’s 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 third installment in this series is with agent Mary Sue Seymour (The Seymour Agency) and her author Amy Clipston, for her book, A Gift of Grace. Read more

How to Write a Novel Synopsis

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- First of all, synopses have a specific format. They begin on a new page and should have all your contact information in the upper left corner of the first page. Just below your contact info, centered, should be the book’s title, its genre and your name.
– The body of the synopsis is double-spaced.
– Use dialogue sparingly, if at all.
– You can get to the point, meaning you can say if a character is “a hopeless romantic.” Read more

New Agent Alert: Stephanie Maclean of Trident Media Group

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Update (January 2010): It appears Stephanie has left Trident. I do not know if she is agenting elsewhere.

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. Read more

How to Establish a Connection With an Agent

Previously, I wrote about the three basic parts of a query letter to an agent.  In part one (the first paragraph), I recommend explaining two things: what the book is and why … Read more

Around the WD Properties: 7-7-09

Here is a look at things going onaround the Writer’s Digest worldand more. Call for Submissions! The editorial staff of Writer’s Digest Market Books is now open to queries for the 2010 … Read more

Is a Literary Scout Like a Literary Agent?

Q. What does a literary scout do?       – Geoffrey A. A literary scout is someone who, simply put, reads a lot and looks for excellent works.  A literary scout may work … Read more

Questions About Writing Memoir…

Q. I’m a first time author, and have written a memoir about my autistic  son.  How important is having a platform for a memoir?  I keep  hearing that memoir is treated like … Read more

Successful Queries: Agent Sammie Justesen and “Over-the-Counter Natural Cures”

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I’ve meant to start this new series on the blog for a while now, but am just now getting around to it. It’s 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 second installment in this series is with agent Sammie Justesen (Northern Lights Literary Services, LLC) and her author Shane Ellison, for his book, Over-the-Counter Natural Cures. Read more

Three Reasons You Need an Agent, as Explained by Mollie Glick

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At the recent Southeastern Writers Workshop, the agent in attendance was Mollie Glick of Foundry Literary + Media. Mollie and I hit up a lot of the conference circuit together and attendees love her cause she’s so nice. It’s rare that I actually get to sit in on one of her sessions. Fortunately, that’s just what I did Monday night. Mollie spoke for 90 minutes on a variety of different subjects.

Here you will find the three reasons she gave concerning why having an agent is a good thing. Read more

My Adventures in Jackson Hole …

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Just got back from the Jackson Hole Writers’ Conference, and a nine-day, two-conference travel tour. The second stop was Wyoming, and I was instructing at the JHWC and also critiquing work from writers. I got to kick off the entire conference taking Q&A about magazine craft and business with Peoplestaffer Allison Adato. Read more

How I Got My Agent: Lisa Dale

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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 Dale, writes fiction such as Simple Wishes. Read more

To Follow Up or Not To Follow Up…

Q. If you don’t mind, I’ve got a quick question.  You indicated in one of your talks to us that it was probably okay to re-query an agent if he or she … Read more

My Adventures in St. Simon’s Island …

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Presented at the Southeastern Writers Workshop in St. Simon’s Island, GA this week. It was fun. St. Simon’s is one of four islands off the coast of Georgia and there is a fun mix down there of old Southern culture and wildlife with new touristy stuff to do. Man, it was HOT. Arrived to 102 degree weather. It got worse before we left. Read more

Successful Queries: Agent Michelle Wolfson and ‘Timing is Everything’

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This 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 first installment of this series is with agent Michelle Wolfson, and her client, Mark Di Vincenzo, and his book, Buy Ketchup in May and Fly at Noon: A Guide to the Best Time to Buy This, Do That and Go There. Read more

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