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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.


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 you’re contacting the agent.  To address this second aspect, I thought I’d mention the most common ways to establish a “connection” with...

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 editions of Photographer’s Market, Songwriter’s Market and Artist’s & Graphic Designer’s Market (which will be published in October 2009). These books, similar to...

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 for foreign publishers.  They read all the new books coming out—fiction and nonfiction—and try to pick out the works that have the...

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 fiction.  I’m wondering if my query letter might be the reason for rejections.  I’m getting no response.  Can I re-query with my...

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My Adventures in Jackson Hole …

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.

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How I Got My Agent: Lisa Dale

"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...

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 had not responded to your initial e-mail query after about a month or so (and hadn’t stated somewhere that no response meant...

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My Adventures in St. Simon’s Island …

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...

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How I Got My Agent: Kristin O’Donnell Tubb

"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...

What is a "Boutique" Literary Agency?

Q. What is a “boutique” literary agency?        – Joan A. “Boutique” is a strange word agents use when their agencies are small and/or specialized.  See, there are a decent number of big agencies out there, with big-name clients, closing big-time deals.  And then there are plenty of smaller agencies in pockets here and there, handling...

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Agent Advice: Laura Bradford of the Bradford Literary Agency

This installment features literary agent Laura Bradford of the Bradford Literary Agency, who specializes in romance. She has 13 years of professional experience as a literary agent, editor, writer and bookseller. Laura began her career as a literary agent at Manus and Associates Literary Agency and is a member of the Romance Writers of...

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How I Got My Agent: Jess Haines

"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...

Talking Nonfiction: Word Count and Promotion

Here are some questions that came in recently.  Both hadto do with nonfiction. Q. For nonfiction: Once the book is published, is the author required to keep a website going about themselves & the product? Or does agent do all promoting? A. Great question.  An agent will do little to nothing in terms of...

Meeting Agents at Conferences – Make a Good Impression

Here's a bit of advice you probably thought I would never say ... When you're at a writers' conference, and there are agents there, don't be afraid to not pitch them. Wait a second. Back up. Let me explain. At conferences, there are designated "pitch times" where writers meet with agents, or perhaps there's some...

GLA Blog Turns 2

This week in June brings not only my real birthday around, but also the birthday of this GLA blog, which began two years ago. Since I’ve posted stuff for two years, I started to realize that there is a lot of good older posts and columns on the blog that are kind of buried...

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How I Got My Agent: Jennifer Lawler

"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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My Conference Adventures in Wyoming…

Just got back from the 2009 Wyoming Writers Annual Conference in Casper, WY. Good conference! Attendance was up this year and almost all of the writers I met were very passionate about what they were doing. It's almost energizing to be among writers who just love to write.

Talking Agent Queries With Wendy Burt-Thomas

I was fortunate enough to talk recently with “Query Queen” Wendy Burt-Thomas, who authored the new book, The Writer’s Digest Guide to Query Letters. To learn more about Wendy or her three books, visitwww.GuideToQueryLetters.com.  Below you will find some helpful Q&A with Wendy about sending queries to agents. GLA: Regarding queries to agents, when...