Author Archives: Chuck Sambuchino

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The Small-Press Experience

A little over a year ago, my first novel was published. After countless revisions, querying it to an inch of its life, finding an agent, leaving an agent, finding a publisher, content edits, line edits, etc., etc., my little-story-that-could became a full-fledged, published novel. For months after its release, the question which seemed to...

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15 Agents Seeking Adult Fantasy Novels NOW

Sometimes it’s difficult to pinpoint which agents are open to submissions at any given time. So with that in mind, I’m creating some new vertical lists of agents seeking queries right now, as of late summer 2016. This list is for Adult Fantasy Novels. All the agents listed below personally confirmed to me as...

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7 Things I’ve Learned so Far, by Amy Gustine

This is a recurring column I’m calling “7 Things I’ve Learned So Far,” where writers (this installment written by Amy Gustine, author of YOU SHOULD PITY US INSTEAD) at any stage of their career can talk about writing advice and instruction as well as how they possibly got their book agent — by sharing seven things they’ve learned along their...

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How to Craft Query Letters & Other Submission Materials That Get Noticed — Agent One-on-One Boot Camp Starts September 26, 2016

When your submission materials – a query letter, synopsis, manuscript, or book proposal – arrive in an agent’s inbox, they land among hundreds of others. At that point, one of two things will happen. Either the agent (or the agent’s assistant) will like the submission and request more materials, or they will reply with...

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Don’t Write What You Know Until You Know Something.

Not long after college, I had the good fortune to have lunch with Howard Fast (Spartacus, Citizen Tom Paine). A mutual friend had arranged the lunch, knowing that I wanted to be a writer.  The great master listened politely as I told him I was writing a play about the Stasi infiltration of a group of...

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New Literary Agent Alert: Sarah Bush of Trident Media

She is seeking: She is solely looking for women's fiction -- both commercial and upmarket. She seeks stories that are character driven, that make you think and feel. Sarah wants to take her experience and drive and match that with “stories that use a fresh voice to explore different aspects of the female experience:...

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The Lure of Domestic Noir

Domestic noir is a growing genre. Given successes such as Paula Hawkin’s GIRL ON A TRAIN and Gillian Flynn’s GONE GIRL, it appears that regular domestic situations are a fertile breeding ground for suspense thrillers. Everyday dramas play out around the kitchen tables and the bedrooms of family homes. In fact, generally speaking, the more...

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5 Ways to Be a More Mindful Writer

Great writing flows most easily from a place of inner clarity and calm. But with all the stimulation and stress in our overscheduled lives, it’s hard to slow down long enough to think clearly, much less creatively. Mindfulness can help. Column by Deborah Sosin, MSW, MFA, author of CHARLOTTE AND THE QUIET PLACE (Sept....

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9 Literary Agents Seeking Horror NOW

Sometimes it’s difficult to pinpoint which agents are open to submissions at any given time. So with that in mind, I’m creating some new vertical lists of agents seeking queries right now, as of summer 2016. This list is for horror novels. All the agents listed below personally confirmed to me as of August 2016...

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3 Questions to Ask When Revising

When I reached the end of my first draft of ASSASSIN’S HEART, the story was in place, but I knew I had to bring out and uncover other elements, like themes, setting, and especially character arcs. Column by Sarah Ahiers, author of ASSASSIN’S HEART (Feb. 2, 2016, HarperTeen). Sarah has an MFA in Writing for Children...

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Agent Additions and Cancellations to WDC16 in New York

If you are reading this, you are likely an attendee at the 2016 Writer’s Digest Conference in New York, which is happening this weekend August 12-14. We have about 60-65 literary agents attending our Saturday Pitch Slam event, and there have been many additions as well as some cancellations since the print programs were...

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10 Literary Agents Seeking Picture Books NOW

Sometimes it’s difficult to pinpoint which agents are open to submissions at any given time. So with that in mind, I’m creating some new vertical lists of agents seeking queries right now, as of summer 2016. This list is for children’s picture books. All the agents listed below personally confirmed to me as of...

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New Literary Agent Alert: Shannon Powers of McIntosh & Otis, Inc.

Currently Seeking: She is open to both lighter projects and projects with a darker edge. For adult, her reading interests include literary fiction, mystery, horror, popular history, and romance. In YA and middle grade, she is searching for mysteries and thrillers with high emotional stakes, projects with romantic elements (whether fun or angsty), horror,...

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Tunesday Vol. 6 – Answers and Winner Revealed

Thank you to all who participated in Vol. 6 of WD’s Tunesday, which is a Name That Tune Contest with writing prizes. Vol. 6’s winner is Kelly Barina. She was chosen randomly from all the participants who guessed at least 8 songs correct. She gets a free critique and book from me. Meanwhile, here...