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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18th Free “Dear Lucky Agent” Contest: Thriller / Mystery / Suspense

UPDATE: Michelle Richter chose the winners: Sarah Diviney, Katherine Tomlinson, and Georgia. Congratulations to them, and thank you to all who entered this contest. ————————- Welcome to the 18th (free!) “Dear Lucky Agent” Contest on the GLA blog. This is a FREE recurring online contest with agent judges and super-cool prizes. Here’s the deal:...

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“How to Write & Sell Your Fantasy and Science Fiction Boot Camp” — Sept. 8 Agent One-on-One Boot Camp (w/critique) by Agent Connor Goldsmith

There has never been a better time to be a sci-fi/fantasy author. With television shows like “Battlestar Galactica,” “Game of Thrones” and “Outlander” each in turn becoming massive pop culture phenomena, and Marvel’s superhero films dominating the box office, SF/F has gone mainstream like never before. The SF/F literary marketplace has also become more...


How to Write About Your Pets

You want to write about your pets. You know you do. And your pets are all for it. The cat’s been walking across the keyboard for days now. Even the dog, curled up in bed next to you while you work, looks longingly at you. You know he’s thinking: “Make me a star!” People...


4 Pieces of Advice for Struggling Writers

My debut novel, Tracked, recently hit shelves, and I’m often asked for advice about the publication process. How long did it take you to sell your book? Should I shelve this project? Should I keep going? Did you ever feel like giving up? And so often, buried in these questions, there’s a palpable tremor...


Literary Agent Interview: Alec Shane of Writers House

Literary agent Alec Shane (Writers House) nonfiction reads in humor, biography, history (particularly military history), true crime, “guy” reads, and all things sports. And in fiction: mystery, thriller, suspense, horror, historical fiction, literary fiction, and books geared toward young male readers (both YA and MG).


New Literary Agent Alert: Sue Miller of Donaghy Literary Group

Reminder: New literary agents (with this spotlight featuring Sue Miller of Donaghy Literary Group) are golden opportunities for new writers because each one is a literary agent who is likely building his or her client list.     About Sue: Sue Miller is an Associate Agent at Donaghy Literary Group, with a special love...


Why Write a Collaborative Novel? Why Not?

When we tell people we’ve co-authored a literary novel, the first thing almost everyone says is: “And you’re still friends? How on earth did you manage that?” It’s as if they imagine collaborative fiction as a kind of three-legged race: goofy and fun at an office picnic, but ill suited to a serious runner....


Get to Know Literary Agent John Cusick, Who Just Moved to Folio Literary Management

"I’m particularly focused on finding great fiction for middle-grade and teen audiences. I love contemporary realism, fantasy, realistic stories with a fantastical twist, and really anything with imagination and heart. I work with first-time authors as well as veteran writers, and am always on the prowl for fresh voices. I’m seeking for author/illustrators and...


7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Karim Dimechkie

When I Think It’s Done, It’s Not. I honestly can’t count how many times I’ve thought my novel was complete, both while writing Lifted by the Great Nothing and the current book I’m working on. It only requires a short break to realize how far from done the book really is.


On Pencils and Process

**GIVEAWAY! Benjamin is excited to give away a free copy of his novel to a random commenter. Comment within 2 weeks.** I love pencils. I wrote every draft of The Last Pilot using Staedtler’s traditional HB; a fantastic pencil.


7 Things I Learned Mid-Book

I should have been barreling along in my nonfiction book, Challenges in Writing Your Dissertation, in strict obedience to my schedule for the deadline in the contract’s pdf stone. But I could only slouch at my desk and stare beyond the screen, with little groans escaping from my throat. I pecked a phrase, deleted...


Agent Adds & Cancellations for WDC 2015

Here is a list of changes for the Aug. 1, 2015 Writer’s Digest Conference Pitch Slam. Attendees should feel free to write this info down or print this info off. CANCELED: Thomas Flannery Jr Sarah Nagel Linda Camacho Catherine Luttinger Jill Grosjean Steve Kasdin Cara Mannion Connor Goldsmith – out first session, present for...