October 2014 Issue
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Workshops Starting September 18th
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- Essentials of Business Writing
- Advanced Poetry Writing
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- Query Letter in 14 Days
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- NEW CLASS: How to Create, Market, & Sell Your eBook
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- The Art of Storytelling 101
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- Build Your Novel Scene by Scene
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- Writing the Young Adult Novel
- Essentials of Romance Writing
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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.
“How I Got My Agent” is a recurring feature on the GLA blog. Some tales are of long roads and many setbacks, while others are of good luck and quick signings. If you have a literary agent and would be interested in writing a short guest column for this GLA blog, e-mail me at email@example.com and we’ll talk specifics.
Q. Any red flags to look for regarding cost reimbursements (mailings, etc.) in case they try to make money that way? A: As a refresher for everyone, you never want to pay … Read more
Q. Why do agents need to “love” a book? Can’t they simply recognize commercial viability without loving it, and take on a project on that basis alone? – Anonymous A: … Read more
This installment features Greg Daniel of Daniel Literary Group.
He is Seeking: religious and inspirational works of both fiction and nonfiction. He also accepts nonfiction that has no religious angle. Read more
My friend Kerrie Flanagan, who runs the Northern Colorado Writers’ Conference (in Fort Collins) recently pointed me to a guest blog column on her site. The guest column examined a session at … Read more
He’s probably a little bit busy in his new transition from editor to agent, but you should take note of Doug Grad, who has created the newly-formed Doug Grad Literary Agency. Read more
I’ve done a lot of nonfiction writing, but I am a newbie to the children’s writing world and am trying to get involved and learn things and make friends, etc. All this … Read more
Q. How old do you need to be in order to publish a book? Is there a specific age limit? – Stacia A. There is no age limit, Stacia. Didn’t … Read more
Kirsten Neuhaus, who has worked at a few agencies in recent years, has recently broke out on her own.
She is seeking: Nonfiction, particularly current events, international affairs, pop cultural studies, and narratives with strong female voices, as well as up-market, commercial fiction. Read more
I need to give a shout out to the Wyoming Writers Annual Conference, a June 2009 event at which I’ll be presenting. The conference looks like a scenic opportunity for writers to get to the Mountain West, breathe some fresh air, and get plenty of writing and networking done. Read more
At my last cover band show, we had a crazy drunk guy who was pretty out of control. Unfortunately, our lead singer thought it wise to let Mr. Drunk up onstage early … Read more
This installment features Jim McCarthy of Dystel & Goderich. Jim interned for DGLM while studying urban design at New York University.
Seeking: “literary and commercial works. He is particularly interested in literary women’s fiction, underrepresented voices, mysteries, romance, paranormal fiction, and anything unusual or unexpected. In addition to fiction he is also interested in narrative nonfiction, humor, memoir, paranormal nonfiction, and anything related to architecture, planning, or real estate.”
I just got word that agent Donna Bagdasarian, who was formerly with both Vigliano Associates and the Maria Carvainis Agency, has started a new agency: Priot Entertainment Group. She is actively building her list with this new agency. Read more
I really enjoy the “Agents & Editors” series in Poets & Writers magazine. I just read the most recent article, and you should, too, because it’s here online for free. Agents sit down in kind of a roundtable discussion and talk about publishers, queries, writing and everything else. Read more
As my boss Jane Friedman once said, there are three reasons a memoir will sell. 1. Celebrity. If you’re a famous politician or actor or business guru, you can sell a memoir. … Read more
This installment features Kate McKean of Howard Morhaim Literary Agency, Inc. A native Southerner, Kate earned her Master’s degree in Fiction Writing from the University of Southern Mississippi before starting her career as a literary agent.
She is seeking: Her interests lie in literary fiction, contemporary women’s fiction, paranormal romance, urban fantasy, mystery, young adult and middle grade fiction, narrative nonfiction, sports related books, food writing, pop culture, and craft. Read more
I spent a lot of time this past weekend at a writers’ conference talking to people who were writing memoir, and I want to share some conversations we had. First of all, … Read more
I just returned from Muse & the Marketplace, which is a writers’ conference held in downtown Boston. The event seemed to be a big success and I gave two presentations – one on query letters to agents, and another on nonfiction book proposals. Read more
If you’re looking for a writers’ conference set in a beautiful place that will get your inspiration going, look no further than the Jackson Hole Writers’ Conference in Jackson Hole, WY, June 25-28, 2009. Read more
Check this out. I’m in Boston to teach at Muse & the Marketplace, a writers’ conference up here. On Friday, I was walking around Boston and decided to attend a rally to save The Boston Globe, which is in danger of going out of business after more than 120 years. Being a former newspaper writer myself, I wanted to show some solidarity with my fellow scribes. Well, a Globe photographer there took a ton of pictures at the rally and I never in a million years thought she would actually use one that I was in. Read more
Former editor Mark McVeigh has recently opened his own literary agency.
Adult writing areas of interest: “fiction of all kinds, nonfiction (especially) biographies and history), memoir, photo books on fashion, art, architecture, and more, graphic novels.”
Juvenile areas of interest: “picture books that are character driven, funny, and with a totally kid-centric hook; chapter books, middle-grade books for both boys and girls, especially manuscripts that have series potential; young adult of all sorts, from comic to angst-y, from envelope-pushing, issue-based to swooningly romantic; graphic novels; unusual or very topical nonfiction.” Read more
If you’re on the hunt for a literary agent and want to take an online class to get your questions answered, here is your opportunity! I will be teaching a webinar titled … Read more
Q. My 96,000-word manuscript features a 12 yr old and 11 yrs old protagonist, the themes are dark. Have been looking around and am unsure — YA or mid-grade? Help! – … Read more
Q. My friend (I write that and I feel like I’m trying to hide from a therapist or something!) had her first novel published by a smaller publishing house earlier this year. … Read more
Q. I have a completed draft of a nonfiction book. It is, I think, a memoir. My question is this: who do I look for? I’m thinking that it might be in … Read more