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ISBN-13: 978-1599637280 ISBN-10: 1599637286 Edition: Twenty third Edition

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  • Series: Guide to Literary Agents
  • Paperback: 364 pages
  • Publisher: Writer's Digest Books; Twenty third Edition edition (September 5, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599637286
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599637280
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #91,121 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"I trusted the Guide to Literary Agents to provide solid, up-to-date information to help me with the process. I now have a wonderful agent and a four-book deal." - Mara Purnhagen, author of Tagged (Harlequin Teen)

"Guide to Literary Agents contains a wealth of information and good advice, and was crucial in my successful search for an agent." - Richard Harvell, author of The Bells (Crown)

"The Guide to Literary Agents was absolutely instrumental to my getting an agent and subsequent three-book deal with HarperCollins." - Derek Taylor Kent, author of Scary School (HarperCollins)


More About the Author

Chuck Sambuchino (chucksambuchino.com) 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 (guidetoliteraryagents.com/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 (gnomeattack.com), 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, reddog-bluedog.com), 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).


Customer Reviews

It's inspiring to know that hard work and determination can eventually pay off with a book deal.
Jerri Williams
If you are an aspiring writer or an established writer, this guide, in my opinion, is a valuable tool in furthering your writing aspirations and goals.
B. I. Szabo
The 2014 Guide to Literary Agents includes a wealth of information for aspiring authors including sample query letters and agent spotlights.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Havocride on September 5, 2013
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In brief, this GLA is poorly organized, and contains a fair share of outdated/misinformation. With all this information publicly available through a quick Google search, references like these should aim higher, and offer added-value by giving you information that cannot be just-as-easily derived from a quick search. I bought it thinking it would at least save me time; it did not. This is the publishing equivalent to "turn-and-burn." Outdated, hard-to-read with low, Xerox-level quality, and regurgitated advice you can find anywhere. But the real punch in the gut is that I've spent hours scouring the book trying to identify which agencies represent my genre (hey, here's an idea: color code or group them!), then cross-referencing these agencies listed to their online webpages, and found a good portion of the book no longer valid. I do believe any grade-schooler can put together something more comprehensive and useful, you know, if they owned a computer and a Xerox machine.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Stephany Hughes on September 12, 2013
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There's a surprise in the book after you purchase it: it includes a 1-year online subscription to Guide to Literary Agents on writersmarket.com--where and how to sell what you write. Valid through 12/31/14. For $9.99, you can upgrade your subscription and get access to listings from all their best-selling market books. It's a bargain!!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Dan Thorne on September 19, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
First, my disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy for review. As an aspiring writer, I've purchased the past two Guide to Literary Agents and was curious how valuable the latest edition would be.

The first section contains articles brought back from the 2013 edition, as well as new interviews with agents seeking clients, plus articles on revision and self-editing, query letter FAQ's, crafting a novel for agents, and personal stories from agented writers. The second section offers in depth detail and demographics on literary agencies. As with past editions, you learn which agencies are accepting new submissions, which seek new writers, the percentage of fiction vs. non-fiction represented in the agency, plus other facts. New agents and agencies are also noted in this section.

The agency listings are why I would recommend the book to any writer-to-be, and Mr. Sambuchino knows his agents. Other books discuss the A to Z's of agents or the publishing and editing industry, but as an editor he focuses his lens on what matters most to those who write fiction and non-fiction; how to land an agent. If the odds of acceptance are stacked against me, I want my agency submission to have a higher probability of success. Personally I prefer the Kindle version, as it makes searching listings easier than the paperback version.

Although the five new articles are informative and offer unique perspectives, I prefer to see a fresh slew of pieces vs. recycling half of them from last year's version. However, they do reinforce the writing mantras: keep improving your craft and don't give up. I would have bought the book without them, they're an extra bonus. But I would like to see the next edition offer completely new and fresh works.

If you want an agent, this book is the first one to buy.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jerri Williams on September 21, 2013
Format: Paperback
This guide makes my search for the perfect agent much more systematic than my usual haphazard romp through the internet. The literary agents in the guide are organized alphabetically and categorized by genre. I don't have to waste time looking up agents who, ultimately, have no interest in what I write - crime fiction.

I especially like the fact that the editor has done the preliminary work of vetting the literary agents listed in the guide. We not-yet-published authors all want to find an agent and it's easy to be seduced by any indication of encouragement, no matter how disingenuous.

One of my favorite sections of the guide, other than the agent listings of course, is the debut author profiles. Many of their stories parallel my own journey to publication. It's inspiring to know that hard work and determination can eventually pay off with a book deal.

The Guide to Literary Agents is both, a reference book and a motivational manual. I highly recommend it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By junebug on March 29, 2014
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I have been looking for literary agents on the internet for a long time. It is hard to find someone interested in your work. This book is very thorough and never knew about most of these, even though I thought that it would have nothing more than the internet. I was wrong. It was a good investment.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Bahiyyih Jones on September 22, 2013
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This is a great resource for writers at the querying stage! As one reviewer pointed out, some of the info may be outdated, but this is inevitable in the unstable world of publishing. Although I have yet to come across any outdated info in the book, it's a given that you should double check info before querying, and this is stated in the book. The index in the back of the book groups agencies by their genre specialty, making it easy to find agents that might be right for your work. Having this guide to start from takes hours out of google searching. I also loved the articles on writing and querying, the list of conferences, and the personal stories of how some writers found representation.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jhale on September 23, 2013
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Having not read a guide to literary agents in several years, the 2014 Guide offered much needed and wanted information. Anyone hoping to become published should pick up a copy to give themselves a head-start in the process. In addition, the book comes with a 1-year online subscription to Guide to Literary Agents on writersmarket.com providing even more assistance in the process.
This book is well worth the investment.
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