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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.

Cover Band Soap Opera: Don't Mess With Kim, Our Sound Tech

At my last cover band show, we had a crazy drunk guy who was pretty out of control.  Unfortunately, our lead singer thought it wise to let Mr. Drunk up onstage early … Read more

Agent Advice: Jim McCarthy of Dystel & Goderich


This installment features Jim McCarthy of Dystel & Goderich. Jim interned for DGLM while studying urban design at New York University.

Seeking: “literary and commercial works. He is particularly interested in literary women’s fiction, underrepresented voices, mysteries, romance, paranormal fiction, and anything unusual or unexpected. In addition to fiction he is also interested in narrative nonfiction, humor, memoir, paranormal nonfiction, and anything related to architecture, planning, or real estate.”
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New Agency Alert: Priot Entertainment Group

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I just got word that agent Donna Bagdasarian, who was formerly with both Vigliano Associates and the Maria Carvainis Agency, has started a new agency: Priot Entertainment Group. She is actively building her list with this new agency. Read more

Agents Talk Synopses, Literary Journals and More in Interview


I really enjoy the “Agents & Editors” series in Poets & Writers magazine. I just read the most recent article, and you should, too, because it’s here online for free. Agents sit down in kind of a roundtable discussion and talk about publishers, queries, writing and everything else. Read more

Some Tips on Memoir, Part 2: Include a Book Proposal? You're Not Gonna Like This But I Say Yes

As my boss Jane Friedman once said, there are three reasons a memoir will sell. 1. Celebrity.  If you’re a famous politician or actor or business guru, you can sell a memoir. … Read more

Agent Advice: Kate McKean of Howard Morhaim Literary Agency, Inc.


This installment features Kate McKean of Howard Morhaim Literary Agency, Inc. A native Southerner, Kate earned her Master’s degree in Fiction Writing from the University of Southern Mississippi before starting her career as a literary agent.

She is seeking: Her interests lie in literary fiction, contemporary women’s fiction, paranormal romance, urban fantasy, mystery, young adult and middle grade fiction, narrative nonfiction, sports related books, food writing, pop culture, and craft. Read more

Some Tips on Memoir, Part 1: Don't Combine It With Self-Help

I spent a lot of time this past weekend at a writers’ conference talking to people who were writing memoir, and I want to share some conversations we had. First of all, … Read more

Literary Agents Tell All at Boston Conference


I just returned from Muse & the Marketplace, which is a writers’ conference held in downtown Boston. The event seemed to be a big success and I gave two presentations – one on query letters to agents, and another on nonfiction book proposals. Read more

Conference Spotlight: Jackson Hole Writers’ Conference (June 25-28)

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If you’re looking for a writers’ conference set in a beautiful place that will get your inspiration going, look no further than the Jackson Hole Writers’ Conference in Jackson Hole, WY, June 25-28, 2009. Read more

My Adventures in Boston: I Have to Go to Beantown to Get in the Newspaper

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Check this out. I’m in Boston to teach at Muse & the Marketplace, a writers’ conference up here. On Friday, I was walking around Boston and decided to attend a rally to save The Boston Globe, which is in danger of going out of business after more than 120 years. Being a former newspaper writer myself, I wanted to show some solidarity with my fellow scribes. Well, a Globe photographer there took a ton of pictures at the rally and I never in a million years thought she would actually use one that I was in. Read more

New Agency Alert: The McVeigh Agency

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Former editor Mark McVeigh has recently opened his own literary agency.

Adult writing areas of interest: “fiction of all kinds, nonfiction (especially) biographies and history), memoir, photo books on fashion, art, architecture, and more, graphic novels.”

Juvenile areas of interest: “picture books that are character driven, funny, and with a totally kid-centric hook; chapter books, middle-grade books for both boys and girls, especially manuscripts that have series potential; young adult of all sorts, from comic to angst-y, from envelope-pushing, issue-based to swooningly romantic; graphic novels; unusual or very topical nonfiction.” Read more

I'm Teaching a Webinar: 'How to Land a Literary Agent'

If you’re on the hunt for a literary agent and want to take an online class to get your questions answered, here is your opportunity! I will be teaching a webinar titled … Read more

Is It Young Adult or Middle Grade?

Q. My 96,000-word manuscript features a 12 yr old and 11 yrs old protagonist, the themes are dark. Have been looking around and am unsure — YA or mid-grade?  Help!        – … Read more

You Have a Contract But No Literary Agent

Q. My friend (I write that and I feel like I’m trying to hide from a therapist or something!) had her first novel published by a smaller publishing house earlier this year. … Read more

You've Got a Memoir – What Now?

Q. I have a completed draft of a nonfiction book.   It is, I think, a memoir.   My question is this: who do I look for?  I’m thinking that it might be in … Read more

My Adventures in Las Vegas: Part 2 (Criss Angel & Perez Hilton)

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Have you ever been somewhere boring and said, “God, can’t some celebrities get in a shouting match in front of me so I have a story to tell?” Well, that kinda happened to me one night in Vegas after teaching at the writers’ conference. Let me explain. Read more

My Adventures in Las Vegas: Part 1 …

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The Las Vegas Writers’ Conference started in full on Friday and I presented on agents, and then again on pitching. The sessions went well. Along with my coworker, Zac Petit, there were a few authors there and a good amount of literary agents taking pitches from every direction. The agents were very available and willing to listen to anybody who approached them. Mollie Glick was there, as were other agents Lori Perkins, Ken Sherman, Katharine Sands, Ellen Pepus and more. Read more

Is Your Submission Considered 'The Slush Pile'?

Q. I subscribe to and pay for Writer’s Digest online [www.writersmarket.com]. I believe the staff of Writer’s Digest insult me and all other serious writers by referring to our submissions to agents … Read more

Blogging Agent: Jill Corcoran of Herman Agency, Inc.

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Kind of a double notification here. Jill Corcoran is an associate agent at Herman Agency, Inc., who is 1) looking for submissions (children’s stuff), and 2) blogging about her adventures and passing on advice to writers. Read more

Query Agents Just Before a Conference?

Q. I have a question concerning query letters. I have finished my manuscript and am ready to shop it around to agents. I will be attending [two writers’ conferences in my home … Read more

Conference Spotlight: Muse & The Marketplace

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A very cool writers’ conference coming up you should be aware of is Boston’s own Muse & the Marketplace, held April 25-26, 2009. Keep reading to find out some details about this awesome event. Read more

Back From Cozumel…

Sorry for the lack of blog activity this past week or so.  I was on vacation – a cruise, to be exact – from Tampa to Cozumel and then back.  I got … Read more

Literary Definitions: Vol. 8

It’s been a good while since I passed out some definitions, so here is another batch.  (Click on Definitions at the bottom of this post to see the past seven installments.) Family … Read more

Cover Band Soap Opera: Lead Singer and I Crash Acoustic Stage; Declare We're Playing a Second Song

Man, it’s amazing what you can do and get if you simply say that it’s your birthday. Example: My cover band lead singer and I were at a smaller bar in a … Read more

Around the WD Properties: 4-6-2009

Here are some cool thingsgoing on aond Writer’s Digest: Webinar: How to Deciper and Negotiate Your Contract               This is a very practical webinar for anyone out there flying solo … Read more

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