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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 I Got My Agent: Chuck Sambuchino


“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 literaryagent@fwmedia.com and we’ll talk specifics.
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Will Agents Try to Scam You With Small Costs?

Q. Any red flags to look for regarding cost reimbursements (mailings, etc.) in case they try to make money that way? A: As a refresher for everyone, you never want to pay … Read more

Why Do Agents Have to Love a Book to Take It On?

Q. Why do agents need to “love” a book?  Can’t they simply recognize commercial viability without loving it, and take on a project on that basis alone?        – Anonymous A: … Read more

Agent Advice: Greg Daniel of Daniel Literary Group


This installment features Greg Daniel of Daniel Literary Group.

He is Seeking: religious and inspirational works of both fiction and nonfiction. He also accepts nonfiction that has no religious angle. Read more

Agents and the Slushpile: 10 Reasons They Stop Reading

My friend Kerrie Flanagan, who runs the Northern Colorado Writers’ Conference (in Fort Collins) recently pointed me to a guest blog column on her site.  The guest column examined a session at … Read more

New Agency Alert: Doug Grad Literary Agency, Inc.

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He’s probably a little bit busy in his new transition from editor to agent, but you should take note of Doug Grad, who has created the newly-formed Doug Grad Literary Agency. Read more

Are There Any Guys in SCBWI?

I’ve done a lot of nonfiction writing, but I am a newbie to the children’s writing world and am trying to get involved and learn things and make friends, etc.  All this … Read more

Should You Mention Your Age in a Book Query?

Q. How old do you need to be in order to publish a book? Is there a specific age limit?         – Stacia A. There is no age limit, Stacia.  Didn’t … Read more

New Agency Alert: Kirsten Neuhaus Literary

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Kirsten Neuhaus, who has worked at a few agencies in recent years, has recently broke out on her own.

She is seeking: Nonfiction, particularly current events, international affairs, pop cultural studies, and narratives with strong female voices, as well as up-market, commercial fiction. Read more

Conference Spotlight: Wyoming Writers Annual Conference

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I need to give a shout out to the Wyoming Writers Annual Conference, a June 2009 event at which I’ll be presenting. The conference looks like a scenic opportunity for writers to get to the Mountain West, breathe some fresh air, and get plenty of writing and networking done. Read 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

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