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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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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!

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Agent Advice: Ward Calhoun of FinePrint Literary Management

This installment features Ward Calhoun of FinePrint Literary Management in Manhattan. Ward has helped develop several best-selling humor titles, has both written and edited several books for Sports Illustrated, and has overseen the production of titles ranging from science to entertainment. Most recently, at Hylas Publishing, his projects included books on music, fitness, and...

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How I Got My Agent: Delilah Marvelle

"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...

How to Write a Query Letter to a Literary Agent

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. I talk to a lot of writers about how to compose a good query letter.  Make no mistake – it’s no easy task, and it will...

2010 GLA Excerpt: How NOT To Get an Agent

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. ...

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Agent Advice: Elisabeth Weed of Weed Literary

This installment features Elisabeth Weed of Weed Literary. She previously worked at Curtis Brown and Trident before starting her own agency. She is seeking: She handles "upmarket women’s fiction as well as an eclectic mix of non-fiction, with an emphasis on narrative, investigative and women’s issues from the humor driven to the thought...

Query Writing Tips From Agent Michelle Andelman

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. At the CNU conference a while back, I sat in on a presentation on writing query letters by literary agent Michelle Andelman at Lynn C. Franklin...

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How I Got My Agent: Eugenia Kim

"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...