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Get a Literary Agent: The Complete Guide to Securing Representation for Your Work Paperback – January 14, 2015
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"Chuck Sambuchino's Get a Literary Agent focuses on a practical aspect of becoming a successful author--securing an effective literary representative, which is virtually required if one desires the best possible deal with a traditional publisher (particularly in the case of large, established publishing houses). From a step-by-step walkthrough of the submission process and learning how to create polished query letters or book proposals, to forming a solid partnership with one's agent and avoiding common pitfalls, Get a Literary Agent is invaluable." --Midwest Book Review
About the Author
Chuck Sambuchino of Writer's Digest Books edits the annual Guide to Literary Agents and Children's Writer's & Illustrator's Market. His Guide to Literary Agents blog is one of the most popular blogs in publishing. His 2010 humor book, How to Survive a Garden Gnome Attack, was optioned by Sony Pictures. His books have been mentioned in Reader's Digest, USA Today, The New York Times, The Huffington Post, Variety, and more. Chuck is also the author of Formatting & Submitting Your Manuscript and Create Your Writer Platform. Follow him on Twitter @chucksambuchino.
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This book is a quick read that left me with a clear guide to revising my query, writing an effective synopsis and starting the first chapter of my book right. A later portion of the book talks about interviewing and working with a literary agent, which is a nice ray of hope for later.
The author has a knack for whittling down a sea of details into actionable bullets. Do this--which he supports with examples and comments from literary agents. But don't do that--which again he validates, for example with queries that earned the writers both an agent and a book deal. I saw it as the stick and the carrot approach: first the hard-and-fast rules then the proof that they work. A complex task became doable in my eyes.
Paradoxically (and logically), this book made it both easier and harder to write the query, synopsis and first chapter. At some point I threw my head back and muttered, "I'm in Hell." But I kept referring to Chuck Sambuchino's simple rules to keep me on track. In other words, I was able to reduce the full book into the actionable bullets I talked about at the beginning of the review, as if I was seeing a picture that was worth a thousand words.
So my advice to other writers is this: If you've grown past the point where you think that someone who misunderstands your query is too stupid to get it (yes, I'm embarrassed to remember that I was this young person once), then "Get a Literary Agent" will give you the blueprint for giving it your best shot.