May 18th, 2015

4 Signs of an Unhealthy Agent-Author Relationship

Chuck Sambuchino

(This column excerpted from Chuck’s 2015 book, Get a Literary Agent: The Complete Guide to Securing Representation for Your Work.)

No author I know signs with an agent wanting that partnership to end. But, sadly, things do break down sometimes. Here are four signs that your agent-author relationship has turned sour.

1. Lack […]

March 16th, 2015

Genres Explained: Insights, Tips and Definitions From Literary Agents

Chuck Sambuchino

This column excerpted from Chuck’s book, GET A LITERARY AGENT (2015, Writer’s Digest Books)


Concerning the definitions of high fantasy vs. urban fantasy:

“In high fantasy, an entire world is created; it doesn’t take place in what we recognize as the world as we currently know it. It usually has magic or […]

January 23rd, 2015

4 Ways Besides Query Letters You Can Contact Literary Agents

Chuck Sambuchino

(This column excerpted from Chuck’s latest book, GET A LITERARY AGENT, which was released in January 2015 and is available anywhere books are sold. Comment on this within 2 weeks for your chance to win a copy of the book. A winner will be chosen at random.)

I’m a big student of query […]

November 7th, 2014

2014 “Worst Storyline Ever” Contest

Chuck Sambuchino

To celebrate the release of the brand-new 2015 Guide to Literary Agents, I am bringing back one of my most popular recurring contests: The “Worst Storyline Ever” Contest. Except this time, it’s hosted on the Writers in the Storm blog. So if you’re looking for an agent and want a big database, check […]

September 5th, 2014

How to Pitch Your Self-Published Book to an Agent

Chuck Sambuchino

Many writers who’ve self-published a book for one reason or another get to a point where they want the book to be taken to the next level and see a widespread, traditional release. This is the point where they may contact a literary agent for representation. So with that in mind, I want […]