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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5 Things I Learned on Deadline

My debut novel, ALIVE, recently hit shelves and I remember the pressure as my first deadline loomed. A couple years ago I was graduating law school, starting my first “big girl” job and taking work-for-hire gigs. A slew of rejections under my belt had made me slow to dedicate myself to new projects for...

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Author Interview: Max Wirestone—Librarian to Author

It’s time for another debut author interview. I love debut author interviews because it gives people an opportunity to see what successful writers did right on their journeys. This interview is with Max Wirestone, who is a librarian in a small New Hampshire town. He lives in New England with his editor-husband and his non-editor...

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Literary Agent Advice: Elise Capron of Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency

This is an interview with Elise Capron of the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency. A graduate of Emerson College, Elise holds a BFA in writing, literature and publishing. She has been with the Dijkstra Agency since late 2003. She is looking for adult literary fiction, multicultural fiction, debut novels, story collections, and, on the non-fiction side, trade-friendly...

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12 Literary Agents Seeking Horror Novels NOW

All the agents listed here personally confirmed to me as of October 2015 that they are actively seeking horror submissions NOW. Some gave personal notes about their tastes while some did not. We have listed their personal tastes, contact emails, and submission instructions. They take adult horror, young adult horror, and middle grade horror.

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How Do You Know When You’re Ready to Submit?

If you’re even pondering this question, chances are you need to slow your roll. I get it—you’re excited, you’ve worked really hard, your mom likes it, you’re worried someone else is going to beat you to the punch with a similar idea, your particular genre is really hot right now, you have people waiting...

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7 Literary Agents Seeking Fantasy Novels NOW

All the agents listed personally confirmed to me as of October 2015 that they are actively seeking fantasy submissions NOW. Some gave personal notes about their tastes while some did not. I tried to only includes agents on here that ruled out no type of fantasy. So that means these agents are fantasy generalists....

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How to Craft Query Letters & Other Submission Materials That Get Noticed — Oct. 26 Agent-Run Boot Camp (with Critiques!)

When your submission materials – a query letter, synopsis, manuscript, or book proposal – arrive in an agent’s inbox, they land among hundreds of others. Authors who get rejected tend to fall in one of two categories when submitting materials: they try too hard, or not enough. This Oct 26 Writer’s Digest Boot Camp,...