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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.

What AAR Means, and Chuck's Oversimplified Four Tiers of Agents

In my mind, there are four tiers of agents in terms of how ethical and reputable they are.  Here is how I break it down to keep it simple.  It’s over-simplified, but … Read more

Jellinek & Murray, and Other Agencies That Don't Want to Be Contacted

This post is just for those special few who have struggled to contact an agency such as Jellinek & Murray, an agency in Hawaii that no one, apparently, can ever get a … Read more

Agent Advice: Mary Sue Seymour of The Seymour Agency


This installment features Mary Sue Seymour, of The Seymour Agency.

She is seeking: Mary is looking for new clients who write any type of romance including historical, contemporary category, contemporary mainstream, suspense, paranormal, regency or inspirational. She wants nonfiction about real life heroes, prescriptive books, cookbooks, and basically any type of nonfiction by credentialed authors. She is looking for Christian books of any type. Read more

New Agent Alert: Loren R. Grossman of the Paul S. Levine Literary Agency

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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: Nonfiction – archeology, art/photography/architecture, child guidance/parenting, coffee table books, education/academics, gardening, health/medicine, science/technology, law, religion, memoirs, sociology. Read more

Words of Wisdom from Agent Nat Sobel


Nat Sobel, an agent at Sobol Weber Associates, was recently featured in a long interview in Poets & Writers. magazine. Read more

When an Agent Leaves an Agency…

Q. As a rule, when an agent leaves an agency, does she take her client list with her? Or is the author a property of the agency?        – Lori A. The … Read more

Is It Nonfiction or Fiction or Memoir or … ?

Q. I want to write a story about my life (very unusual circumstances), but I can’t completely recall all the details with regard to signifigant events: What day was my son taken … Read more

If One Agent Says No, Does the Whole Agency Say No?

Q. Many agents make certain stipulations that, rightly or wrongly, one assumes to be common to them all, creating a great deal of confusion for the newcomer.        These stipulations include: 1) … Read more

Rappaport Agency Opens

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Editor’s note: Jenny Rappaport is no longer agenting. Don’t query her. Read more

How Long is a Novella? And How Do You Query Agents For Them?

Q. What is the average length of a novella?  And is it’pitched’ to literary agents the same way novels are ‘pitched’?         – Gene A. Novellas generally run 20,000-50,000 words.  About … Read more

Writer’s Digest University Event Announced

There’s a new writing event here in Cincinnati. Check it out!

What: Writer’s Digest University: Editors’ Intensive. Your exclusive chance to learn first-hand from publishing experts! Read more

Is It Safe To E-Mail Material?

This is a response to a recent post(below) about copyright and protecting your work. Q: I am puzzled.  You state in your coverage of copyright that a writer should not put text … Read more

Appleseeds Management Closes

Appleseeds Management, a California-based literary and talent agency, is no longer in business.  I got a letter from the founder, S. James Foiles, saying so. Take note if they were on your … Read more

PITCH WORKSHOP: Entry #7 Feedback

Hey, folks— Today’s Pitch Workshop entry comes from Mary S., who sends in a logline for her feature romantic comedy.  Take a look… First of all—Mary, thank you so much for sending … Read more

Networking at Writers’ Conferences


Many fledgling writers understand the value of manuscript reviews and taking classes at a professional writers’ conference, but few understand the true potential impact of networking outside of the traditional formats. If you have a big salesperson personality and tend to meet people easily, networking will be a natural for you. If you’re a bit shy and reserved, think of outward communication as part of your job: Bite the bullet and take the initiative to speak to those around you. The majority of those in attendance are aspiring writers like yourself; who more perfect to understand you?

Guest blog by Han Vance, a freelance writer specializing in local cultural analysis. Topics include local geographical cultures, travel, cities, transportation, painters, music, sport and food. Read more

New Agent Alert: Amberly Finarelli of Andrea Hurst Literary

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Andrea Hurst Literary Management, a Sacramento-based agency run by the talented Andrea Hurst, has a new official rep, Amberly Finarelli, looking for clients. She is currently looking for new clients in the following areas:

Nonfiction: humor/gift books, crafts, how-to (financial, house and home, health and beauty, weddings), relationships/advice, self-help, psychology, travel writing, narrative nonfiction.

Fiction: Commercial women’s fiction; comic and cozy mysteries; literary fiction with a focus on the arts, culture, and/or history; contemporary young adult. Read more

Let's Talk Copyright

A few people were talking copyright today, so I figured I would blog about the subject, as it’s something that writers are very interested in.  (Not surpringly, no one wants to get … Read more

Looking for Agent/Editor Feedback

Here at Writer’s Digest Books, we’re in the process of updating our popular title, Formatting & Submitting Your Manuscript, and are looking for insight from agents/editors on how the industry is changing. … Read more

When an Agent Loses Your Pages…

Q. Perhaps it is the influence of the instant age of communication, but I would have assumed sending a synopsis and pages to an agent who says they want your work (at … Read more


Today’s submission to the Script Notes Pitch Workshop comes from Matt in Montreal, who is looking for feedback on his synopsis for his feature idea, Downsize This! (although he’s not married to … Read more

Breaking Down the Query Letter


I talk to a lot of writers about how to compose a good query letter. Make no mistake – it’s no easy task, and it will take a lot of work. But what I can tell you right off the bat is that a good query has a distinct structure, and I can show you it right here. Read more

Literary Agent Offers Strategies for Success

Therese Walsh of Writer Unboxed recently alerted me to a fantastic free resource online for writers. Literary agent Donald Maass, who is a contributor to WU, has a free download available online … Read more


Hey, everyone— Just wanted to give a quick follow-up to Tuesday’s episode of the Script Notes Pitch Workshop… and an answer to a question asked by Scott, the author of Tuesday’s Pitch … Read more


Hey, everyone— Today’s submission to the Script Notes Pitch Workshop comes from Scott, who submits loglines for two feature ideas.  So before we dive in… Scott—thank you so much for sending these!  … Read more

Agent Advice: Abigail Koons of The Park Literary Group


This installment features Abigail Koons, of Park Literary Group, LLC.

Currently Seeking: Her passion for travel makes her a natural fit for adventure and travel narrative nonfiction, and she is also seeking projects about popular science, history, politics, current events and art. She is also interested in working with commercial fiction, especially superb thrillers and mysteries.” Read more

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