Book Review–Guide to Literary Agents by Chuck Sambuchino


This is the twenty-seventh book from my 200 Book Reading Challenge.

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Guide to Literary Agents by Chuck Sambuchino

Published August 5th, 2010

“Now includes subscription to GLA online (the agents section of!”

Now in its 20th year, “Guide to Literary Agents” is a writer’s best resource for finding a literary agent who can represent their work to publishing houses, big and small. The days when a writer could deal directly with a large publisher are over. Literary agents represent writers and shepherd manuscripts to the right editor; and a good representative is the difference between a published book and a manuscript that never gets read. To help writers acquire an agent, “GLA” provides names and specialties for more than 750 individual agents around the United States and the world.

“GLA” includes more than 90 pages of original articles on finding the best agent to represent your work and how to seal the deal. From identifying your genre to writing query letters to avoiding agent pet peeves, “GLA” will help writers deal with agents every step of the way.


I found this at my local Ollie’s discount store last year (2012). Figured it was still relevant enough and although there are many resources online, I can often be old fashioned–I like reading physical copies, especially if it’s for researching purposes.

I’ve finished reading the articles. The ones I found to be useful were used on my writing blog to help others. This book had some great advice and a listing of agencies, conferences, and more. Even though it was written in 2011, I still found most of the information to be relevant and didn’t see much difference between this one and the newer one. I really liked the article with the author of Freezing Point. If you are thinking about publishing, this is a great resource to check out.




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