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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Author Platform and the Debut of Your Book

A writer who has ever done any research on her intended occupation has heard the term author platform. Author platform describes all the ways in which you can gain visibility among readers. It refers to your web presence, public speaking and classes taught, media contacts or previous publishing credits such as articles written for...

Three Great Links for Kids Writers

Here are interesting things you may want to check out on this fine Tuesday: 1. The Official SCBWI Blog is all online from their recent conference this week. The link here will take to all the info agents gave during their agent panel at the 2010 Winter SCBWI Conference in NYC. Great stuff here....

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Agent Advice: Irene Goodman of the Irene Goodman Literary Agency (and News About More of Her Auctioned Critiques!)

This installment features Irene Goodman of the Irene Goodman Literary Agency. Irene’s clients are regulars on the New York Times, USA Today, Walden, Publishers Weekly, and Bookscan bestseller lists. Together with her dynamic staff, her agency represents over 80 authors. Originally from the Midwest, Irene has a B.A. and a master’s degree from the...

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How I Got My Agent: April Henry

"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 Robert Lewis

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 Robert Lewis. Robert Lewis writes crime fiction and runs...

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Agent Advice: BJ Robbins of BJ Robbins Literary Agency

This installment features BJ Robbins of the Los Angeles-based BJ Robbins Literary Agency. She started in publicity at Simon & Schuster, was later Marketing Director and then Senior Editor at Harcourt, and opened her own agency in 1992. She is seeking: quality fiction—both literary and commercial—and general nonfiction, with a particular interest in memoir, biography,...

New Agent Alert: Chris Kepner at Victoria Sanders & Associates

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: At the...

Footnotes: 5 Articles on Writing Mysteries

“What I like in a good author is not what he says, but what he whispers.”~ Logan Pearsall Smith Footnotes is a recurring series on the GLA blog where I pick a subject and provide several interesting articles on said topic. This week, I’m serving up five articles on writing mysteries. 1. What a...

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7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Alexis Grant

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 Alexis Grant. Alexis Grant is a journalist writing her...

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Agent Advice: Steve Laube of The Steve Laube Agency

This installment features Steve Laube, founder of The Steve Laube Agency. Steve has been a bookseller for Berean Christian Stores, and an editor for Bethany House Publishers. He is looking for: quality Christian fiction in all genres. For nonfiction, he is seeking fresh, new Christian ideas in all areas of material for adults.

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How I Got My Agent: Kiersten White

"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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The “Fearless” Synopsis

This time it's Fearless (1993). I chose this movie for several reasons. A commenter asked me to compose another literary fiction synopsis; Jeff Bridges is the man and discovers his forthcoming Oscar; and I just watched this movie recently. You can see all posted synopsis examples by clicking on the "Synopsis Writing" category on...

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7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Bonnie Trenga

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 Bonnie Trenga. Bonnie Trenga is the author of The...

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Agent Advice: Kristin Nelson of Nelson Literary Agency

This installment features Kristin Nelson with Nelson Literary Agency, LLC. She has her B.A. from the University of Missouri at Columbia and is a graduate of the nationally respected University of Denver Publishing Institute. As for her previous work history, Kristin has been a college English teacher, a freelance writer, and a corporate trainer...

Footnotes: 5 Articles on Romance Writing

“You write to communicate to the hearts and minds of others what’s burning inside you.  And we edit to let the fire show through the smoke.”  ~Arthur Polotnik Footnotes is a recurring series on the GLA blog where I pick a subject and provide several interesting articles on said topic. This week I’m serving...

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New Agent Alert: Lauren MacLeod of the Strothman 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: middle grade...

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7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Donna Gambale

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 Donna Gambale. Donna Gambale blogs at the First Novels...

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Agent Advice: Stacia Decker of Donald Maass Literary

This installment features Stacia Decker, an agent with the Donald Maass Literary Agency, which she joined in 2009 after agenting at Firebrand Literary. A former editor at Harcourt and Otto Penzler Books, Stacia began her career at Farrar, Straus & Giroux after earning an MFA in nonfiction writing at Columbia University. She is looking...

Footnotes: 8 Articles on Query Letter Writing

Footnotes is a recurring series on the GLA blog where I pick a subject and provide several interesting articles on said topic. You’ve revised your manuscript to the point where you can’t stand to look at it anymore and now you are ready to tackle the dreaded query letter. Today I’m serving up 8...