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.


Footnotes: 7 ''Best Of'' Lists for Great 2009 Books

“Books are the quietest and most constant of friends;they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors,and the most patient of teachers.” ~Charles W. Eliot Footnotes is a recurring series on the GLA blog where I pick a subject and provides several interesting articles on said topic. “Best Of” lists abound this time of...

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Should You Start With Plot or Character(s)?

Whether plot or character comes first when composing a novel is sort of like the chicken and egg thing. It greatly depends on the author’s point of view. Plot and character are so entwined that it’s often hard to even separate the two. Like all elements of a novel-dialogue, exposition, description, pacing-plot and character...

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New Agent Alert: Monika Verma of Levine Greenberg 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: pop culture,...

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7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Debbie Fuhry

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 Debbie Fuhry. Debbie Fuhry is a writer of inspirational...

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Agent Advice: Katie Grimm of Don Congdon Associates, Inc.

This installment features Katie Grimm of Don Congdon Associates, Inc. Katie has been an agent for two years. She seeks: literary fiction, mystery, women's fiction, historical fiction, thrillers/suspense, short stories, multi-cultural, offbeat/quirky, young adult, middle-grade, and children's literature. Her nonfiction interests are: history, biography, religion, science, drama/music, multi-cultural, memoirs, travel, adventure/true story, pop culture, narrative,...

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How I Got My Agent: Kody Keplinger

"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...

Footnotes: 5 Articles on Writing Those First Pages

“There’s nothing to writing.  All you do is sit down at a typewriter and open a vein.”  ~ Walter Wellesley “Red” Smith Footnotes is a recurring series on the GLA blog where I pick a subject and provides several interesting articles on said topic. You never get a second chance to make a first...

What is Mainstream Fiction? Upmarket Fiction?

Q: The more industry blogs I read, the more confused I get about which category my novel falls into. It seems to sit on middle ground between literary and commercial, which some agents have said they are looking for. One agent advised me to call it “literary commercial.” I have also seen this described as...

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Agent Advice: Holly Root of The Waxman Literary Agency

This installment features Holly Root of The Waxman Literary Agency. Holly began her publishing career as an editor in Christian publishing in Nashville, TN before coming to New York and joining the William Morris Agency’s agent trainee program. She then moved to Trident Media Group, where she sold audio rights for the agency’s clients,...

Join Me for 'How to Land a Literary Agent'

You hear me talk a lot on this blog about the writers’ conferences I attend and the presentations I give on agents and pitching.  Well, if you’ve ever wanted to attend such a conference but can’t because of money or proximity issues, here is your chance to listen in and ask questions from your...

Footnotes: 8 Articles on When Writing Becomes Revision

“The most valuable of talents is never using two words when one will do.”  -Thomas Jefferson Footnotes is a recurring series on the GLA blog where I pick a subject and provides several interesting articles on said topic. Today’s topic is revision. As the NaNoWriMo induced writing stupor wears off, you realize it’s time...

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10 Tips on Writing Picture Books

10. Beware of dialogue-heavy picture book manuscripts. 9. The only beef editors and agents have against rhyming picture books is that they’re so often poorly written. 8. Manuscripts need to be more perfect than ever before they’re ready for submission. Jean Reidy is a freelance writer and children's author. Her first children's book, Too Purpley! comes out...

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How I Got My Agent: Becky Levine

"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...

Unofficial Agent Appreciation Day!

I was kind of “off the grid” Friday (planning a party – see next post blog entry), which explains why I didn’t post this earlier. Friday was named “Unofficial Agent Appreciation Day,” so I wanted to post a quick something recognizing my agent, Sorche Fairbank. That’s Sorche in the middle. I wassurprised to learn...

Buy and Ask For Books This Christmas!

It’s no secret that the publishing industry is hurting a bit money-wise. It’s up to all of us to do our little part, and there’s no better time than Christmas. Send out e-mails and ask friends and family what books they want for the holidays. Then suggest some for yourself as possible gifts. Heck,...

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Agent Advice: Adriann Ranta of Wolf Literary Services, LLC

This installment features Adriann Ranta of Wolf Literary Services LLC. Adriann was previously with Anderson Literary Management. She is looking for: fiction and limited nonfiction, with an emphasis on children’s, middle grade, and young adult books. She is most interested in realistic, true-to-life stories with conflicts based in the real world. She likes edgy,...

The Rappaport Agency Closes

Got an e-mail yesterday from agent Jenny Rappaport with the sad news that her agency is closing. I believe Jenny used to be part of L. Perkins Associates before moving out on her own a few years back. We never did get the opportunity to cross paths and meet. Take note if she was...