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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21st Free “Dear Lucky Agent” Contest: Women’s Fiction

Winners, as chosen by Elizabeth (no order): 1. Death Becomes Her by Debbie Emory 2. The Safekeeping of Cora McCook by Sara Overland 3. Smoking Dog by Elena Kaufman Thank you all who entered! ————————– In celebration of my three new books released this past fall, I’m going to waste no time in bringing you...

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New Literary Agent Alert: Shaun Dolan of Union Literary

He is seeking: As an agent at Union Literary, he’s interested in both muscular and lyrical literary fiction, narrative nonfiction, memoir, pop culture, and sports narratives. He’s willing and able to dive into the trenches editorially and looks to foster new, exciting voices. (The agency does not represent romance or science fiction.)

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How I Got My Literary Agent: Aline Ohanesian

“How I Got My Agent” is a recurring feature on the Guide to Literary Agents Blog, with this installment featuring Aline Ohanesian, author of ORHAN’S INHERITANCE. These columns are great ways for you to learn how to find a literary agent. Some tales are of long roads and many setbacks, while others are of good luck...

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3 Reasons Every Writer Should Go To a Writers Conference

Recently I’ve thought about New Year’s resolutions writers can implement to make 2016 their best writing year yet. One of those resolutions was to get connected, and one way to do that is by going to a writers conference.   Column by Tomi Adeyemi, a Los Angeles writer and blogger currently querying her debut...

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7 Tips for Writing About Other Cultures

I don’t make any claim to be an expert in diversity. I am a white American woman, and despite the fact that I’ve lived in Japan for the past six years, I’m still often blinded by my own privilege. But it doesn’t take an expert to notice that protagonists on the pale end of...

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Literary Agent Spotlight: Eric Myers of Dystel & Goderich

He is seeking: As an agent, Eric has a strong affinity for young adult and middle grade fiction, as well as adult nonfiction, especially in the areas of history, biography, psychology, health and wellness, mind/body/spirit, and pop culture. He also loves a good thriller, and is open to memoir from authors with strong platforms.

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Racing the Clock: The Pros and Cons of Deadlines

I’ve been a journalist for the past twenty-three years. For the first six of those years, I worked for two monthly magazines, where I had fourteen days to write one twelve-page report. Two whole weeks! I almost had more free time than work. Column by Nina George, bestselling author of THE LITTLE PARIS BOOKSHOP (June 2015,...

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Reimagining ANNE OF GREEN GABLES

There were many moments throughout the writing of my first novel, Ana of California, when I stared at a blank screen and said to myself, out loud, “Are you sure you want to do this?” I was typing in the shadow of a literary great, Lucy Maud Montgomery, whose Anne of Green Gables is one of the...

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New Literary Agent Alert: Alexa Stark of Trident Media Group

Reminder: New literary agents (with this spotlight featuring Alexa Stark of Trident Media Group) are golden opportunities for new writers because each one is a literary agent who is likely building his or her client list.     About Alexa: Raised in New York City, Alexa Stark earned her B.A. in Comparative Literature and...

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How and Why to Write Like a Pachyderm

To be a writer, we must have a thick skin, thick as a pachyderm, gray and wrinkly and drooping off of our limbs like armor. Unless you plan to be a secret writer who never tells a single soul about how you stay up late when everyone is asleep to scribble out metaphors before...

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The Key to Better Writing? Study Screenwriting!

I feel obliged to preface this short piece with a disclaimer: I am no expert. On the other hand, I’m not sure anybody is. Three words you often hear in Hollywood—and I’ve heard them myself—are: “Nobody knows anything.” You hear it from producers, you hear it from directors, you hear it from agents. (I’m...

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Literary Agent Interview: Peter Knapp of New Leaf Literary & Media

Literary agent Peter Knapp (New Leaf) is looking for middle-grade and young adult fiction and high-concept adult fiction. For middle-grade, he prefers high-action, epic adventures, and spooky and irreverent fiction. For young adult, he likes stories that are character-driven, magical realism, epic fantasy, or stories that are highly realistic. For adult fiction, he is...

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New Literary Agent Alert: Rachel Burkot of Holloway Literary

Reminder: New literary agents (with this spotlight featuring Rachel Burkot of Holloway Literary) are golden opportunities for new writers because each one is a literary agent who is likely building his or her client list.     About Rachel: Rachel Burkot of Holloway Literary has been in the publishing industry since 2009. After completing...