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: Kristyn Crow

"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 Lynnda Ell

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 Lynnda Ell. Lynnda Ell is a writer who runs...

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New Agent Alert: Jennifer Lawler at The Salkind Agency

Editor's Note: As of December 2010, Jennifer no longer appears on the agency website. Do not query her. 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...

24 Agents Who Want Your Work

Every year, Writers Digest asks me to assemble a short list of agents who are actively seeking new work from writers.  (I call it “The List.”)  Well, The List came out in the Oct. 2009 issue of Writer’s Digest.  But it is now online for all to see.  It’s a special grouping of literary...

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Agent Advice: Peter McGuigan of Foundry Literary + Media

This installment features Peter McGuigan of Foundry Literary + Media. Peter has more than 15 years of publishing experience. He has worked as an active agent for more than ten of those years and served as Rights Director for two literary agencies. Peter studied creative writing, journalism, and literature at Virginia Tech and Virginia...

New Agent Alert: Justine Wenger of Emma Sweeney Agency, LLC

Editor's note: Justine is no longer listed on the agency website. Do not query her unless her name reappears. 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...

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The “Flight of the Navigator” Synopsis

This time it's Flight of the Navigator. In book terms, this would be considered fun middle grade, considering the protagonist is 12. More specifically, it would probably be a science fiction adventure. Concerning this synopsis, I cut all out mentions that Max's home planet was called Phaelon. I cut all info about how the...

Cover Band Soap Opera: 'You Got to Fight For Your Right'

For anyone who follows the ridiculous adventures of my Cincinnati rock cover band, you may have noticed that I don’t put video up of us.  Truth is, I’m self-conscious.  Someone missed a note, or this didn’t sound right, or that’s blurry, blah blah blah.    Well, no more of that. This is my band...

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How I Got My Agent: Colin Broderick

"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 Mike Chen

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 Mike Chen. Mike Chen is a professional copywriter, and...

Agent Irene Goodman Auctions Off Critiques

Literary agent Irene Goodman of the Irene Goodman Agency in New York is auctioning off 25 critiques this December, with all proceeds going toward Foundation Fighting Blindness and the Deafness Research Foundation. If you’ve ever wanted to get a thorough critique from someone who knows their stuff and has helped launch some amazing writers’...

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Agent Advice: Ann Collette of the Helen Rees Literary Agency

This installment features Ann Collette with the Helen Rees Literary Agency. Ann has agented for 10 years. She previously wrote for Fiction Writer magazine, and contributed to The Complete Handbook of Novel Writing. She is looking for: "Adult fiction of all types, with the exclusion of sci fi and fantasy. I also do a certain...

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New Agent Alert: Jack Perry of Max & Co.

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. He is seeking: He will...

Cover Band Soap Opera: 'Blister in the Sun'

For anyone who follows the ridiculous adventures of my Cincinnati rock cover band, you may have noticed that I don’t put video up of us.  Truth is, I’m self-conscious.  Someone missed a note, or this didn’t sound right, or that’s blurry, blah blah blah.    Well, no more of that. This is my band...

What If You're Afraid Your Writing Idea Will Get Stolen?

Q. I have completed several chapters of a nonfiction work dealing with a subject that has not been previously written about in other publications. I am confident that I can speak in front of many professional organizations on my topic, as it is unique, and relevant to the field. I also feel it will be...

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Agent Advice: Kate Schafer Testerman of KT Literary

Kate Schafer Testerman with KT Literary. After nearly ten years with industry powerhouse agency Janklow & Nesbit Associates, Kate formed KT literary in early 2008, where she concentrates on middle grade and YA fiction as well as diving into some adult commercial fiction and narrative nonfiction. Bringing to bear the experience of working with...

New Genre: 'New Adult' … and a Contest!

The Agency Gatekeeper Blog and Georgia McBride’s site let me know about this new contest by St. Martin’s Press. Previously, we’ve talked about the emerging genres of cyberbilly, elegant erotica, and quagmire fiction.  Now it’s “New Adult.”  (By the way, I love subgenre categories – I find that stuff fascinating.)Here’s the gist: “St. Martin’s...

Agent Elana Roth Calls for Children's Submissions

Agent Elana Roth of the Caren Johnson Literary Agency recently made a call on the CJLA blog for more kids submissions.  See the details below.  She is looking for more good middle grade and young adult.  Read on to learn more! Elana Roth ELANA’S WISH LIST: 1. Middle-grade novels. I have been reading a...