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: Jamie Harrington

"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: Etta Wilson of Books & Such Literary Agency

This installment features Etta Wilson of Books & Such Literary Agency. In addition to being a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, a founding member of the Tennessee Writers Alliance, and having served as the president of the Nashville chapter’s Women’s National Book Association, the school librarian-turned-agent has written 12...

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New Agent Alert: Mandy Hubbard of the D4EO Literary Agency

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: middle-grade and...

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7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Tia Nevitt

This is a new recurring column I’m calling “7 Things I’ve Learned So Far,” where writers at any stage of their career can talk about seven things they’ve learned along their writing journey that they wish they knew at the beginning. This installment is from writer Tia Nevitt. Guest columnist Tia Nevitt has a book...

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Tax Tips for Writers

Working for yourself as a freelance writer can be a nickel-and-dime business, but come tax time, reporting self-employment income means all sorts of things related to your business are eligible for deduction. Consider this: before self-employment deductions, I owed $266; after the deductions, my refund was $238. I consulted H&R Block tax specialist Sharon...

Alternative Mainstream: The Best GLBT Books to Read

Growing up as a minority on the multicultural island of O’ahu left me with a personal history of being treated differently. I am familiar with enduring social stigma because of the color of my skin. Throughout the years, this inevitable birthright of judgment subconsciously produced my unwavering and blatant compassion for the GLBT community,...

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Agent Advice: Matthew Mahoney of Ralph M. Vicinanza, Ltd.

This installment features Matthew Mahoney of Ralph M. Vicinanza, Ltd. Matthew was raised in Mobile, AL, and graduated with a B.A. in English from Vanderbilt University. After a brief foray into the world of finance, he joined Ralph M. Vicinanza, Ltd. He is seeking: literary fiction, commercial fiction (especially espionage thrillers), popular science, humor, narrative...

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New Agent Alert: Drew Perez of Andrea Hurst & Associates

Note from Chuck (December 2010): It appears from the agency website that Drew has stopped agenting. 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...

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How I Got My Agent: Mark Lee Gardner

"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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7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Valerie Geary

This is a new recurring column I’m calling “7 Things I’ve Learned So Far,” where writers at any stage of their career can talk about seven things they’ve learned along their writing journey that they wish they knew at the beginning. This installment is from writer Valerie Geary. Valerie Geary is a fiction writer and...

My Agent and I Sold a Book!

I’ve kind of kept this news under wraps for a while but I recently got the OK from my editor to let the news out. My agent and I sold a book! In late 2009, we sold my humor book, How to Survive a Garden Gnome Attack, to Ten Speed Press, which is part...

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How To Pitch to an Agent at a Writers Conference

Writers attend conferences for many reasons, but one of the biggest draws is the literary agent pitch sessions. Writers get face-to-face time with those in the industry who often appear unreachable. If done correctly, these three to ten minutes sessions can land an author an agent and eventually a book contract. This guest column...

Agent Advice: Robin Rue of Writers House

This installment features Robin Rue of Writers House. Robin Rue began her career as an editor at Dell, but has since spent more than 30 years as an agent. She is seeking: mystery, commercial fiction, fantasy, romance, young adult, thrillers/suspense, with a specialization in paranormal and suspense romance authors.

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How I Got My Agent: Debra Berndt

"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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7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Chantal Panozzo

This is a new recurring column I’m calling “7 Things I’ve Learned So Far,” where writers at any stage of their career can talk about seven things they’ve learned along their writing journey that they wish they knew at the beginning. This installment is from writer Chantal Panozzo. Chantal Panozzo is a writer and copywriter...

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Successful Queries: Agent Tina Wexler and ‘Tagged’

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 26th installment in this series is with agent Tina...

Footnotes: 5 Articles on Writing Description

“Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.” ~Anton Chekhov Footnotes is a recurring series on the GLA blog where I pick a subject and provide several interesting articles on said topic. This week, I’m serving up five articles on writing description. 1. When is description...

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Agent Advice: Laney Katz Becker of Markson Thoma Literary Agency

“Agent Advice” (this installment featuring agent Laney Katz Becker of Markson Thoma Literary Agency) is a series of quick interviews with literary agents and script agents who talk with Guide to Literary Agents about their thoughts on writing, publishing, and just about anything else. This series has more than 170 interviews so far with reps from great literary...