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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New Agent Alert: Jennifer Unter of The Unter Agency

Reminder: Newer agents are golden opportunities for new writers because they’re likely building their client list; however, always make sure your work is as perfect as it can be before submitting, and only query agencies that are a great fit for your work. Otherwise, you’re just wasting time and postage. She is seeking: quality fiction...

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“The Rock” Synopsis

This time it’s The Rock, my second attempt at a thriller. The story is high-concept, but I didn’t want to glance over the three lead characters, as they are all pretty cool. A lot of the story takes place on the island, so I had to do plenty of summarizing there.

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7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Jody M. Roy

This is a new recurring column I’m calling “7 Things I’ve Learned So Far,” where writers at any stage of their career can talk about seven things they’ve learned along their writing journey that they wish they knew at the beginning. This installment is from writer Jody M. Roy. Jody M. Roy, Ph.D., serves on...

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Agent Advice: Rachelle Gardner of Books & Such Literary

This installment features Rachelle Gardner, an agent with Books & Such Literary. Rachelle works with both fiction and nonfiction authors. She has been in the publishing business for thirteen years, working in various positions encompassing marketing, sales, international rights, acquisitions and editorial. Also, know that Rachelle is featured "Ask the Pro" guest for the...

Agent Kate Epstein Now Accepting Young Adult

I saw a note on Nancy Parish’s Sound and Furry blog about how agent Kate Epstein of Epstein Literary is now taking young adult fiction and nonfiction. Below you will find the gist from Kate. For submission guidelines, head to the Epstein Lit website. Kate says: “I’m so excited about this. YA books are...

Save Money With The Writer's Digest VIP Program

Writer’s Digest has started something cool recently: a new VIP program. It’s kind of discount all-in-one package where you get tons of stuff for one price. It’s a great offer so check it out! Subscribers get:        1) One-year U.S. subscription to Writer’s Digest magazine (retail value: $47.92).       2) One-year of online...

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New Adult: What Is It?

“Home” is such a simple word, at least on the surface. But where is home to a modern 24 year old? Is it the tiny apartment that she lovingly decorated with IKEA furniture and inexpensive trinkets from Target? Is it the two-story Victorian that he grew up in, where his parents still welcome him...

Two Contests for Kids Writers

If anyone prides themselves on having a beat on ongoing writing contests hosted by editors, agents and other professionals, they should contact me. I would love to have a recurring contests update on here. Recently, I got wind of two different contests happening now/soon. Check them out: 1. Kids agent Mary Kole, who I...

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How I Got My Agent: Matt Mikalatos

"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...

Feeling Crazy? Me Too. Oscar Predictions for 2009 …

Predict the Oscar winners? NOW? Before the nominees have even been announced? Are you crazy? Luckily, today, I am. And if you’re feeling crazy, feel free to agree or disagree with me on this crazy, somewhat-pointless-yet-immensely-fun exercise. Please keep in mind I’m talking about who WILL win, not who SHOULD win—two totally different things...

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Agent Scott Eagan On: Romance vs. Women’s Fiction

When I first opened Greyhaus Literary Agency in 2003, I decided to focus simply on romance and women’s fiction. Since that time, I honestly don’t know how many times I have been asked “What is the difference between romance and women’s fiction?” It seems that, in my humble opinion, the line has really been...

Conference Spotlight: Digital Book World

A new exciting conference from Writer's Digest, Publishers Lunch and other groups is coming up fast. It's Digital Book World, and it's the first conference dedicated to assessing challenges and opportunities presented by the digital age, and how to best develop actionable strategies to leverage new tools.

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Agent Advice: Lori Perkins of L. Perkins Agency

This installment features Lori Perkins, founder of the L. Perkins Agency. Lori graduated from NYU with a B.A. in art history and journalism. She seeks: horror, social science fiction, dark fantasy, dark literary novels and erotica. In nonfiction, she handles books about pop culture (music, art, film, TV, etc) and she is also interested in...

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Footnotes: 8 Articles on Synopsis Writing

Footnotes is a recurring series on the GLA blog where I pick a subject and provide several interesting articles on said topic. Writing a good synopsis for your novel or memoir can be one of the hardest and most frustrating things we have to do as writers. Today I’m serving up 8 articles to...

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New Agent Alert: Nettie Hartsock of Max & Co.

Editor's Note: Nettie contacted me in May 2010 and said she was no longer agenting. Please do not query her. Reminder: Newer agents are golden opportunities for new writers because they’re likely building their client list; however, always make sure your work is as perfect as it can be before submitting, and only query agencies...

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The “Punch-Drunk Love” Synopsis

This time it's Punch-Drunk Love, my second attempt at a "literary fiction" story. The female lead here, Lena, is somewhat bland, so the synopsis rests on showing the strange-yet-likeable nature of Barry, and explaining his arc, because it is a big one.

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How I Got My Agent: A.C. Arthur

"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...

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7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Jessica Monday

This is a new recurring column I’m calling “7 Things I’ve Learned So Far,” where writers at any stage of their career can talk about seven things they’ve learned along their writing journey that they wish they knew at the beginning. This installment is from writer Jessica Monday. Jessica Monday is a published freelancer and...

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Agent Advice: Mary Kole of the Andrea Brown Literary Agency

This installment features Mary Kole of the Andrea Brown Literary Agency. Mary is a new agent at ABLA and runs the Kid Lit blog. She has also worked in the children's editorial department at Chronicle Books and is currently earning her MFA in creative writing at the University of San Francisco. She seeks: young...

What is an Author Platform?

I’ve talked about platform before on the blog but it’s always a nice refresher to get a different perspective and a reminder of 1) what it is, and 2) why it’s important. To do that, I’m turning to a book I’m reading right now: Christina Katz’s Get Known Before the Book Deal. Enjoy an...

Footnotes: 7 ''Best Of'' Lists for Great 2009 Books

“Books are the quietest and most constant of friends;they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors,and the most patient of teachers.” ~Charles W. Eliot Footnotes is a recurring series on the GLA blog where I pick a subject and provides several interesting articles on said topic. “Best Of” lists abound this time of...

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Should You Start With Plot or Character(s)?

Whether plot or character comes first when composing a novel is sort of like the chicken and egg thing. It greatly depends on the author’s point of view. Plot and character are so entwined that it’s often hard to even separate the two. Like all elements of a novel-dialogue, exposition, description, pacing-plot and character...