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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: 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...

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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...

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New Agency Alert: The McVeigh Agency

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...

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!        – Marco A. I think I can help.  I just finished my first middle grade novel and, for a good while, I thought...

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. Now they would like to offer her a contract for five more books in the series. She negotiated the first sale without...

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 the memoir list of agents, but some might not want to deal with me.   I don’t know of any stories similar to...

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My Adventures in Las Vegas: Part 1 …

The Las Vegas Writers' Conference started in full on Friday and I presented on agents, and then again on pitching. The sessions went well. Along with my coworker, Zac Petit, there were a few authors there and a good amount of literary agents taking pitches from every direction. The agents were very available and...

Is Your Submission Considered 'The Slush Pile'?

Q. I subscribe to and pay for Writer’s Digest online [www.writersmarket.com]. I believe the staff of Writer’s Digest insult me and all other serious writers by referring to our submissions to agents as the slush pile. It is my understanding the term is derived from the pile of manuscripts created in the various publishing...

Query Agents Just Before a Conference?

Q. I have a question concerning query letters. I have finished my manuscript and am ready to shop it around to agents. I will be attending [two writers' conferences in my home state soon]. However, I would also like to begin submitting queries to other agents as well. Is that proper etiquette? Can I...

Back From Cozumel…

Sorry for the lack of blog activity this past week or so.  I was on vacation – a cruise, to be exact – from Tampa to Cozumel and then back.  I got plenty of sun, spoke some Spanglish, gained like seven pounds, and have now returned to the office.  Fun fun fun. Oh, and...

Literary Definitions: Vol. 8

It’s been a good while since I passed out some definitions, so here is another batch.  (Click on Definitions at the bottom of this post to see the past seven installments.) Family Saga: A story that chronicles the lives of a family or a number of related or interconnected families over a period of...