Chuck Sambuchino (Editor)
No matter what you're writing--fiction or nonfiction, books for kids or adults--you need a literary agent to secure a book deal. The 2013 Guide to Literary Agents is your essential resource for finding that literary agent--without fear of being scammed--and getting your book published. This new, updated edition of GLA includes:
"The Guide to Literary Agents was an indispensable tool for me when I was querying agents. I highly recommend it for any aspiring author--in addition to a comprehensive listing of literary agents, it contains valuable information about the query and submission process." --Darien Gee, author of Friendship Bread: A Novel
"I just signed with literary agent Chip MacGregor, and I came upon him through the Guide to Literary Agents. If not for GLA, I'd probably still be looking." --Les Edgerton, author of Hooked as well as several novels
From the 2009 edition:
Cardinal Rules of Manuscript Submission
There are other resources as well...Check out your local library or bookstore for the latest!!"
Someone doesn't need to pass a test or be licensed to become an agent (though you do have to have a certain amount of experience and recommendations to join the Association of Authors Representatives or AAR). You can just hang up your shingle and become one.
The practice of charging fees used to be far more common than it is now. Though the practice is not unheard of now, it tends to be frowned upon (I know new members of the AAR cannot charge fees; ones who were already members and did when the practice was more acceptable can continue). It was more common a while ago but it's basically dying out.
About the Author
Chuck Sambuchino is an
editor for Writer's Digest Books (an imprint of F+W Media). He is the the
author of a humor book, HOW TO SURVIVE A GARDEN GNOME ATTACK (Sept. 2010;
Ten Speed Press), which has been featured by Reader's Digest, USA Today, The
NY Times, and AOL News.
He is the editor of GUIDE TO LITERARY AGENTS, as well as as CHILDREN'S WRITER'S & ILLUSTRATOR'S MARKET (both Writer's Digest Books).
He recently helmed the third edition of FORMATTING & SUBMITTING YOUR MANUSCRIPT (a WD trade book), released in 2009. Chuck is a former staffer of several newspapers and magazines - most notably Writer's Digest. During his tenure as a newspaper reporter, he won awards from both the Kentucky Press Association and the Cincinnati Society of Professional Journalists.
He is a produced playwright, with both original and commissioned works produced. His work has appeared in national and regional magazines, with recent articles in Watercolor Artist, Pennsylvania Magazine, The Pastel Journal, Cincinnati Magazine, Romance Writers Report and New Mexico Magazine. During the past decade, more than 650 of his articles have appeared in newspapers, magazines and books.
Besides writing, Chuck loves music, and plays guitar and piano in a rock cover band. He also has an insatiable sweet tooth and is forever searching for the perfect chocolate chip cookie. He and his wife have a flabby-yet-lovable dog named Graham, and they live in Ohio.
AUTHOR SITE: www.chucksambuchino.com