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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.


The End of the Advance?

Strangely enough, I had not one but two important conversations about book advances yesterday.  First, I was talking with my agent, Sorche Fairbank, who relayed some good news: The first book proposal … Read more

Sandy Lu Joins L. Perkins Agency

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Lori Perkins has an agency in New York. I blogged this agency a while back when Jenny Rappaport left the agency to form her own. Now, Lori has taken on a new agent: Sandy Lu.

Fiction areas of interest: literary and commercial fiction, upscale women’s fiction, mystery, thriller, psychological horror, and historical fiction. She is especially interested in edgy, contemporary urban fiction. Read more

Pay Money Upfront?

Q. Could you tell me if [name] of [redacted] Talent & Model Agency is an authorized agent for publishing books. She wants an upfront fee of $12,000, and it makes me wonder. Please … Read more

Live Chat With Agent Michael Bourret

The Web site Editor Unleashed, which is run by former WD editor Maria Schneider, is hosting a live forum chat with agent Michael Bourret of the Dystel & Goderich Literary Agency. Michael … Read more

New York Observer Interviews Agent Chris Parris-Lamb

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Interview with literary agent Chris Parris-Lamb. Read more

Follow-up: Agents Finding Your Blog Online

Q. Hi, Chuck! I have a question about agents and blogs: I have read and heard so many accounts of writers blogging about a specific topic or writing project, and an agent … Read more

Agent Cricket Freeman's '3 Most Common Reasons a Work is Rejected'

I’m editing an article by literary agent Cricket Freeman of The August Agency where she shares a lot of expertise, but this one small nugget here was so good I wanted to … Read more

Cover Band Soap Opera: I Suggest Canceling Some Shows; Bandmates Suggest I'm the Antichrist

Song we’re working on right now: New Age Girl (Mary Moon) by Dead Eye Dick.  Comedian Darrell Hammond once joked that there are certain arguments where you can just sense will end … Read more

Book Doctors and Freelance Editors

Q. I’m just wondering: If I needed an editor and/or ghost writer for my book, where would I acquire one? Now, I’m not done with my book, I only got a few … Read more

Protocol and Expectations When Contacting and Befriending Literary Agents on Social Networking Sites Like Facebook, MySpace and Twitter

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Let’s say you’re interested in submitting to a few specific agents. Would you look them up on Facebook to learn more about them as a person? Many of you probably already have. What about MySpace? Twitter? LinkedIn?
But then questions arise: Would they agree to befriend you on sites like Facebook? Are they open to messages, pitches and/or conversation through such a site? What’s the procedure and protocol here?
Well, my coworker Alice Pope, editor of Children’s & Illustrator’s Market, really wanted to know how agents interact with writers on such sites, so I decided to ask a few and find out. Read more

Children's Agent Seeking Submissions!

I’ve blogged before a few times about Michelle Andelman, a literary agent with a big soft spot for good children’s writing.  I interviewed her when she was with Andrea Brown Literary Agency, … Read more

From Writers to Agents: A List of Dos and Don'ts!

My coworker, Alice Pope, has put together a list of requested “dos and don’ts” from writers to agents.  (There is also a similar post on dos and don’ts for editors.)  Definitely check … Read more

Agent Advice: Alanna Ramirez of Trident Media Group

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This installment features Alanna Ramirez, of Trident Media Group.

She is seeking: literary fiction, narrative nonfiction, memoir, pop culture and lifestyle books. Read more

Will a Literary Agent Find Your Work Online and Sign You?

Q. I am half finished a men’s fitness book and am about to put all the content on my forthcoming Web site. Each chapter will be a separate HTML page. I just … Read more

Defining Create Nonfiction, Narrative Nonfiction and Biography

Q. At first I thought I was writing “narrative nonfiction.”  As I proceed through the book, I have begun to wonder whether I might be writing “creative nonfiction,” or even an “autobiography.”  … Read more

Pat, Chris and Other Gender-Neutral Names

Don’t forget: When addressing a literary agent in a query letter, it should always be in the form of “Dear Mr./Ms. Robinson:” However, feel free to break this rule when you are addressing … Read more

Old School Rap Medley Decision … and the Hunt for Catholic Parish Festivals

Well, I put out an APB for a good old-school rap song to include in an old-school rap medley.  We got a bunch of good suggestions, and we ended up going with … Read more

Concerning Agents and E-Mail Attachments

Q. I have been using Guide to Literary Agents since 2006 as a resource to find an agent for my husband’s fiction novel.  The one thing that confuses me is the submission … Read more

Conflicting Advice About Query Formatting

Q. I’m hoping that you can provide us readers with some advice about dealing with conflicting advice and expectations from different agents.  For example, while reading about query letters in the 2-12-09 … Read more

My State of the Industry Post

I’ve been thinking a lot about the state of the publishing industry lately, and how that relates to agents and writers … and I gotta tell ya … It’s kind of depressing.  … Read more

New Agent Alert: Sara Megibow of Nelson Literary

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Kristin Nelson, of Nelson Literary in Denver, has announced that her long-time assistant, Sara Megibow, is now a full acquiring agent. Sara has worked with Kristin for some time (and therefore has probably learned everything she ever needed to know about agenting), and has helped sell several books. Read more

Around the WD Properties: 2-9-2009

Here’s what’s going on around all the great Writer’s Digest peeps and properties. Alice Pope, editor of Children’s Writer’s & Illustrator’s Market, is hosting a webinar titled You Can Write Children’s Books. … Read more

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