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2012 Guide to Literary Agents Twenty first Edition Edition

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About the Author

In addition to edition Guide to Literary Agents, Chuck Sambuchino is assistant editor of Writer's Market, a former editor with Writer's Digest magazine, and writer of fiction and screenplays.

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  • Series: Guide to Literary Agents
  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Writer's Digest Books; Twenty first Edition edition (September 6, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599632292
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599632292
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #786,429 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Chuck Sambuchino ( is an editor, bestselling humor book author, and authority on how to get published. He works for Writer's Digest Books and edits the GUIDE TO LITERARY AGENTS as well as the CHILDREN'S WRITER'S & ILLUSTRATOR'S MARKET. His Guide to Literary Agents Blog ( -- all about agents, submissions and platform -- is one of the largest blogs in publishing. He was recently included in a FORBES Top 10 list of "Social Media Influencers in Book Publishing." He teaches at a dozen writers conferences each year.

Chuck's first humor book, HOW TO SURVIVE A GARDEN GNOME ATTACK (, was released in 2010 and has been featured by Reader's Digest, the New York Times and AOL News. The film rights were optioned by Sony and director Robert Zemeckis (Back to the Future). His second humor book, RED DOG / BLUE DOG: WHEN POOCHES GET POLITICAL (August 2012,, is a humorous photo collection of dogs doing stereotypical liberal and conservative things. It has been featured by Political Wire, USA Today, and the Huffington Post.

In addition, Chuck has also written two other writing-related titles: the third edition of FORMATTING & SUBMITTING YOUR MANUSCRIPT (2009), and CREATE YOUR WRITER PLATFORM (fall 2012).

Besides that, he is a freelance book/query editor, husband, cover band guitarist, piano lover, chocolate chip cookie fiend, and owner of a flabby-yet-lovable dog named Graham. Find him on Twitter (@chucksambuchino).

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Turquoise Dragon on October 15, 2012
Format: Paperback
I received a complimentary review copy of this book, and, having been submitting for quite a while, I expected the agent listings might be slightly helpful for perusing agencies and agent names without the eyestrain of an internet database, at least for phase one of a search: identifying potential agents to query.

The listings are more helpful than I had anticipated. Sprinkled within the alphabetical-by-agency-name listings are "New Agent Spotlights" that highlight agents who might be hungry for new clients. I have found and been reminded of agents I plan to query, and there are a few listings for UK and Canadian agents as well.

It also includes an index by genre and the version I received includes a one year subscription to the FW online agent database (which I haven't yet used).

For those just starting out, I suggest cross-referencing agents you find in the book with the Absolute Write background forum. Search there by agent or agency name for not just potential warnings or conflicts of interest but also query/partial/full turnaround time anecdotes and the occasional new-client "Squee".

Then I would look the agent up on Agentquery to double-check submission guidelines/e-mail addresses for those who take e-queries, and to lead you to the agency website (if there is one) which often has submission guidelines in greater depth.

If the agent blogs or tweets, it never hurts to check their pages for something in common to personalize the beginning of your query letter.

As agents move between agencies and/or leave the business, listings will gradually fall out of date. This is another reason to check online before submitting.

The book also has conference listings.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Lauran Strait on October 3, 2011
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Whether you write fiction or nonfiction, the 2012 Guide to Literary Agents is an essential writers' tool to help get your manuscript past the slush pile and into the hands of a reputable literary agent. This trusted annual reference, now in its 21st edition and edited by Writer's Digest Books editor Chuck Sambuchino, spells out what agents expect from a query letter, synopsis, book proposal, opening lines, and more.

Last weekend I attended the Hampton Roads Writers' Third Annual Writers' Conference in Virginia Beach, VA where Mr. Sambuchino facilitated an in-depth workshop entitled EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT AGENTS. Don't feel too bad if you couldn't make it to this fantastic conference because, as an added bonus, the 2012 Guide to Literary Agents includes access to a FREE 60-minute webinar with Chuck Sambuchino, during which he will teach you "everything you need to know about agents."
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Rebekah M. Dedmon on October 2, 2012
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I have bought several of Chuck Sambuchino's books in the past. Once again, I am left finding him immensely helpful and very inspiring. In the 2013 GUIDE TO LITERARY AGENTS, Sambuchino, has beautifully constructed and organized an anthology of resources that would be valuable to all writers. If you are non-fiction, fiction, published or a non-published writer, I guarantee that this book will have something for you.

Let's face it. Finishing your work is only half the battle. Reading this guide will put you ahead of the game and give you the tools you will need to be successful. Not only does this guide give a list of credible agents, it also breaks it down, step by step, on how to obtain one. It explains what an agent does, crafting a query, to writing a book proposal and much more. It is a great stepping stone on where to go once you have finished your manuscript.

What I particularly love about the 2013 GUIDE TO LITERARY AGENTS is that it gives you the "Do's and Don'ts" of what a bad query/book proposal is, compared to what a great query/book proposal should look like. Instead of just telling you how to do it, it actually shows you. Sambuchino has collected a number of articles written by people who are the best in the business. Therefore, you are getting more than one person's opinion. That in itself is a gold mine.

In addition, it has an entire section that lists upcoming conferences. If you are a travel junkie like me, it is a wonderful place to start planning your next vacation.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 1, 2012
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Chuck Sambuchino's guide is very informative. His explanations are complete and very easy to understand even for those with minimal experience with publishing. The list of literary agents is extensive. The fact that the author has checked these agents is reassuring to the new author. I do wish he had included more examples for the novice author who does not have many writing accolades as they are just beginning their journey. All in all, this 2013 guide would be an asset for anyone trying to break in to the world of writing and publishing.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By C. Hope Clark on September 15, 2011
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I have several years' of this publication, and I pick up a new one each year. The latest is as grand as I expected, to include such advice as "How Not to Start Your Book" and "Agent and Self-Publishing," both so appropriate in these days of fast-slinging publication. There's even a separate part on screenplays. It's a must-have if you have any inkling of a need to find an agent, or even if you are just wondering whether they fit into your plan. Chuck Sambuchino has done it again, and the 2012 Guide to Literary Agents is a worthy purchase for any serious writer.
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