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February 26, 2024

New Literary Agent Spotlight: Mark Tavani of David Black Literary Agency

New agents are great opportunities for writers,  as they are likely building their client list.  See all our new literary agent spotlights here. * * *…
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February 19, 2024

New Literary Agent Spotlight: Tess Weitzner of Frances Goldin Literary Agency

New agents are great opportunities for writers,  as they are likely building their client list.  See all our new literary agent spotlights here. * * *…
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February 16, 2024

Query Letter FAQs (Part II): 10 More Questions Answered

Writers always seem to come up with great questions on how to write a query letter. In fact, I already did a roundup of query…
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February 13, 2024

New Literary Agent Spotlight: Clare Mao of Sanford J. Greenburger Associates

New agents are great opportunities for writers,  as they are likely building their client list.  See all our new literary agent spotlights here. * * *…
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February 5, 2024

New Literary Agent Spotlight: Eve MacSweeney of Calligraph

New agents are great opportunities for writers,  as they are likely building their client list.  See all our new literary agent spotlights here. * * *…
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January 29, 2024

New Literary Agent Spotlight: Saribel Pages of Gallt and Zacker Literary Agency

New agents are great opportunities for writers,  as they are likely building their client list.  See all our new literary agent spotlights here. * * *…
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January 22, 2024

New Literary Agent Spotlight: Mara Cobb of Martin Literary Management

New agents are great opportunities for writers,  as they are likely building their client list.  See all our new literary agent spotlights here. * * *…
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January 15, 2024

New Literary Agent Spotlight: Brandy Vallance of Barbara Bova Literary Agency LLC

New agents are great opportunities for writers,  as they are likely building their client list.  See all our new literary agent spotlights here. * * *…
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January 11, 2024

5 Encouraging Reasons To Build Your Writer Platform

I understand why people don’t get enthusiastic about platform building. Writers want to—shocker—write, and then (maybe) spend time talking about their writing journey. But building…
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January 8, 2024

New Literary Agent Spotlight: Andrew Dugan of Dystel, Goderich & Bourret LLC

New agents are great opportunities for writers,  as they are likely building their client list.  See all our new literary agent spotlights here. * * *…
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January 5, 2024

9 Frequently Asked Questions About Query Letters

When contacting agents, the query process isn’t as simple as: “Just keep e-mailing until something good happens.” There are ins, outs, strange situations, unclear scenarios,…
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January 1, 2024

New Literary Agent Spotlight: Nour Sallam of P.S. Literary Agency

New agents are great opportunities for writers,  as they are likely building their client list.  See all our new literary agent spotlights here. * * *…
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December 28, 2023

How to Write a Screenplay: 7 Starting Tips for Adapting Your Own Novel

Plenty of times, writers come up with an idea for a novel that could translate visually to film. The good news is that if you…
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December 25, 2023

New Literary Agent Spotlight: Bethany Weaver of Weaver Literary Agency

New agents are great opportunities for writers,  as they are likely building their client list.  See all our new literary agent spotlights here. * *…
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December 20, 2023

15 Revision Tips from Published Authors

Whether you're in the trenches of editing your book, or you just typed the words "The End" in your manuscript, you're in the next stage…
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December 18, 2023

New Literary Agent Spotlight: Matt Belford of New Leaf Literary & Media

New agents are great opportunities for writers,  as they are likely building their client list.  See all our new literary agent spotlights here. * *…
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December 13, 2023

How to Be a Successful Blogger: Follow These 2 Major Tips

You created a blog — now what? I teach a lot about the importance of social media and platform and networking. I talk about values…
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December 11, 2023

New Literary Agent Spotlight: Ginger Hutchinson of Movable Type Management

New agents are great opportunities for writers,  as they are likely building their client list.  See all our new literary agent spotlights here. * *…
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December 5, 2023

New Literary Agent Spotlight: Rebecca Lawrence of Booker Albert Literary Agency

New agents are great opportunities for writers,  as they are likely building their client list.  See all our new literary agent spotlights here. * *…
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December 1, 2023

Short Story Collection Literary Agents: An Interview Roundup with Reiko Davis, Kim Lindman, and Amanda Orozco

Short story collections are underrepresented among literary agents, making it harder for beginning (and even established) writers to make their way into this market. Some…
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November 14, 2023

What to Write in the “Bio” Section Of Your Query Letter

In my opinion, a good query letter is broken down into three parts – the quick intro, the pitch, and the bio.  Strangely enough, the…
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October 20, 2023

How Many Literary Agents Should You Query at First?

One of the most common questions I get at writers conferences is this: Can I query multiple literary agents at once? My answer is that…
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October 5, 2023

7 Tips on Plotting a Children’s Book

1. IT ALL STARTS WITH THE STORY Start with a story that you want to tell. Make it larger than life or base it on…
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September 13, 2023

How to Market Yourself as an Author Before You Have a Book to Sell

Let’s say you have a book out and want to promote it. So you contact a website and offer to write a free guest post…
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August 15, 2023

5 Tips on How to Write a Novel Synopsis

I’ve never met a single person who liked writing a synopsis. Seriously — not one. But still, synopses are a necessary part of the submission…
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July 13, 2023

How Successful Authors Use Social Media to Sell More Books

Increasing your author visibility through different online channels allows you to meet readers, cultivate an audience, and increase your discoverability to sell more books. But…
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June 23, 2023

8 Tips For Writing and Selling Articles to Magazines, Websites, and More

I’m a big proponent of article writing. I think nothing bad can come from writers trying to sell content to magazines, newspapers and websites. Think…
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May 13, 2023

Tips for Pitching a Literary Agent at a Writers’ Conference

Pitching literary agents and book editors is one of the best parts of attending a writers’ conference. This is a great opportunity to speak with…
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April 13, 2023

Attending a Writers’ Conference? Here’s How to Prepare

If you’re planning on attending a writers’ conference to learn more about writing as well as pitch your book to agents and editors, make sure…
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March 13, 2023

Considering Self-Publishing? You Might Want to Do This First

There are different ways to get your work published, but the biggest two options in today’s marketplace are still the following: Traditional publishing: You sell…
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February 18, 2023

New Literary Agent Spotlight: Danielle Matta of Robin Straus Agency

ABOUT THE AGENT: Danielle Matta is a Junior Agent at the Robin Straus Agency. She graduated from NYU with a BA in English, specializing in…
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February 11, 2023

New Literary Agent Spotlight: Kristy Cambron of Gardner Literary

ABOUT THE AGENT: Kristy Cambron is a literary agent with Gardner Literary. Kristy is a Christy Award-winning author with a diverse background in published works…
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February 7, 2023

First Pages Contest #3: Middle Grade Fiction, Judged by Agent Joyce Sweeney

I love contests. So welcome to this (third) new 2023 First Pages Contest. Contest #3 of this year is for writers of Middle Grade Fiction…
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February 4, 2023

First Pages Contest #2: Young Adult Fiction, Judged by Agent Lesley Sabga

I love contests. So welcome to this (second) new 2023 First Pages Contest. Contest #2 of this year is for writers of Young Adult (any…
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February 3, 2023

First Pages Contest #1: Mystery / Thriller / Suspense, Judged by Agent Lynnette Novak

I love contests. So welcome to this new 2023 First Pages Contest. Contest #1 of this year is for writers of Thriller / Mystery /…
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December 23, 2022

New Literary Agents: Should You Sign With One?

We spotlight new/newer literary agents who are open to queries and looking for clients. At writers conferences, a frequent question I get is “Is it…
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December 10, 2022

New Literary Agent Spotlight: Cheyenne Faircloth of Handspun Literary

ABOUT THE AGENT: Cheyenne Faircloth (she/her/hers) joined Handspun Literary Agency as an agency assistant in 2021, after graduating with a B.F.A. in Creative Writing, and…
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November 10, 2022

New Literary Agent Spotlight: Caroline Trussell of Metamorphosis Literary Agency

ABOUT THE AGENT: Caroline Trussell is a Junior Agent with Metamorphosis Literary Agency. Caroline has a background in editing, writing, and communications and has worked…
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September 15, 2022

Literary Terms Defined: The Uncommon and Common

Having previously worked for Writer's Digest Books, I came across a lot of literary terms — both the common and uncommon. Because it’s healthy for…
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May 24, 2022

New Literary Agent Spotlight: Lindsey Smith of Speilburg Literary

About this New Literary Agent Spotlight series: We love spotlighting and profiling new literary agents —such as Lindsey Smith of Speilburg Literary — because they…
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March 1, 2022

New Literary Agent Spotlight: Amy Giuffrida of the Belcastro Literary Agency

About this New Literary Agent Spotlight series: We love spotlighting and profiling new literary agents —such as Amy Giuffrida of the Belcastro Literary Agency. Literary…
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Chuck Sambuchino’s Writing Site — Freelance Editor, Bestselling Humor Book Author, and Authority on How to Get Published

Hello, everyone! This is my landing page for all things writing and publishing. My name is Chuck Sambuchino and I am a humor writer, freelance editor,…