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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.
Q. When classifying your book should you be more general and just consider it ‘suspense’ vs. ‘murder mystery suspense’? A: More specific is always good! It shows that you have done research … Read more
So I finished a book proposal in December and passed it on to my agent. Just a few days later, when talking to Katharine Sands (superagent extraordinaire), she mentioned that she would … Read more
This installment features Sammie Justesen, of Northern Lights Literary Services, LLC. She represents genre fiction and all areas of nonfiction. Read more
At my last cover band gig (here in Cincinnati), band members decided it was time to learn a few more new songs, such each of the four of us get to pick … Read more
A few days ago, I got word from agent extraordinare Sharlene Martin about a self-published book she picked up and sold for big money in an auction. (Congrats, Sharlene.) Media Bistro has … Read more
Q. What is the proper procedure for a self-published author, who is interested in finding an agent and going to a second printing with a mainstream publisher? Is it a faux pas … Read more
Q. Can you tell me how I can find an agent with experience who is over 50 years old? I’m an experienced, published, academic writer (over 50) transitioning into lyrically-written fiction from … Read more
Here are some great thingshappening around the otherWriter’s Digest properties: Writing a Nonfiction Book Proposal? WD Editorial Director Jane Friedman is teaching a new webinar titled 3 Secrets to Getting Your Nonfiction … Read more
Q. Good morning! I have written a small collection of short stories designed to read to young children and I have questions about illustrations. I am wondering what the advantages are in … Read more
Hey, everyone— Today’s reader question comes from Merik, who writes… “I have been writing my second feature script and I am half way through. As I got to page 60, I realized … Read more
In two months, I’ll be off to Reno, NV, to present at the Reno Writers Conference at Truckee Meadows Community College. I first heard good things about this conference from agent Andrea Hurst, who runs her own agency in nearby Sacramento. Read more
Q. When an agent asks that a “query letter” be submitted “by e-mail,” does that mean that I should send an appropriately-formatted letter on my stationery as a pdf, or should it … Read more
I wanted to take today to respond to Wendy’s sitcom idea, “Three-Two-One,” which she submitted to the pitch workshop last month. First of all—Wendy, thanks so much for submitting this! And another … Read more
We just reported a few months ago that literary agent Mollie Glick left the Jean V. Naggar Lit Agency and headed to Foundry Literary + Media. Now, the word from Galleycat is … Read more
Q. Hi Chuck. I noticed in your book, Guide to Literary Agents, you say writers should include their contact information in the upper righthand corner of the query letter, but in the … Read more
Q. I just want to know if it is legal to continue a series of books that the author has pretty much said the he/she is planning on writing anymore books to … Read more
A co-worker of mine is about to follow up on a query to an agent and asked what the proper way to word such a message was. I realized that we had … Read more
This installment features Ellen Pepus of Signature Literary (formerly the Ellen Pepus Literary Agency).
She is seeking: “narrative nonfiction, including history, true crime, science, adventure, and memoir, as well as self-help, health and diet, food and cooking, travel, entertainment, popular culture, how-to and humor. She also represents a wide range of fiction, including literary, historical, mystery, women’s fiction and romance, erotica, thrillers, fantasy and general commercial fiction.” Read more
Happy New Year! I hope your New Year’s Eve was cool and no DUIs were involved. The door on one year closes, as another opens. All sorts of exciting possibilities await. Nothing … Read more
Hey, folks– Just wanted to point you to an interview I recently did with Alex Epstein, TV writer and author of Crafty TV Writing: Thinking Inside the Box and Crafty Screenwriting: Writing … Read more
Hey, folks— I wanted to spend today responding to CC’s Pitch Workshop submission for her one-hour TV dramedy, Sarah Weekly. First of all—thanks again to CC for submitting to this! Whether you’re … Read more
Guest blogger Ric Klass shows writers just about everything you SHOULDN’T do in a query letter. The hilarious result is here. Enjoy. Read more
For the first time ever this past weekend, we opened the doors here at F+W Media to a large gathering of writers for a small conference on the business and craft of writing. I’m pleased to say the event was a success. I, for one, was wondering how the whole thing would go down – being that such an event was brand new. But everything went smoothly and that was nice. Read more
Greenhouse Literary, a cool newer agency started by Brit Sarah Davies, has recently snagged a new agent: Julia Churchill. Like Sarah, Julia hails from the UK . I’m not sure if Julia will be taking on American authors, but her joining Greenhouse means that Sarah will have more time to devote to American writers, so that’s good news for juvenile writers. Read more