Author Archives: Chuck Sambuchino

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4 Pieces of Advice for Struggling Writers

My debut novel, Tracked, recently hit shelves, and I’m often asked for advice about the publication process. How long did it take you to sell your book? Should I shelve this project? Should I keep going? Did you ever feel like giving up? And so often, buried in these questions, there’s a palpable tremor...

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“How to Write & Sell Your Fantasy and Science Fiction Boot Camp” — Sept. 8 Agent One-on-One Boot Camp (w/critique) by Agent Connor Goldsmith

There has never been a better time to be a sci-fi/fantasy author. With television shows like “Battlestar Galactica,” “Game of Thrones” and “Outlander” each in turn becoming massive pop culture phenomena, and Marvel’s superhero films dominating the box office, SF/F has gone mainstream like never before. The SF/F literary marketplace has also become more...

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7 Things to Do Before You Get Published

**GIVEAWAY! Madeline is excited to give away a free, signed copy of her novel to a random commenter. Comment within 2 weeks.** Madeline Martin, author of 2015 novel POSSESSION OF A HIGHLANDER, shares 7 things all authors should do before getting published to stay ahead of the game.

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How to Write Vivid Descriptions

**GIVEAWAY! Eli is excited to give away a free copy of his novel to a random commenter. Comment within 2 weeks.** Eli K.P. William, author of 2015 novel CASH CRASH JUBILEE, offers advice on how to write vivid descriptions, while still being mindful of pacing.

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Literary Agent Interview: Alec Shane of Writers House

Literary agent Alec Shane (Writers House) nonfiction reads in humor, biography, history (particularly military history), true crime, “guy” reads, and all things sports. And in fiction: mystery, thriller, suspense, horror, historical fiction, literary fiction, and books geared toward young male readers (both YA and MG).

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New Literary Agent Alert: Sue Miller of Donaghy Literary Group

Reminder: New literary agents (with this spotlight featuring Sue Miller of Donaghy Literary Group) are golden opportunities for new writers because each one is a literary agent who is likely building his or her client list.     About Sue: Sue Miller is an Associate Agent at Donaghy Literary Group, with a special love...

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Why Write a Collaborative Novel? Why Not?

When we tell people we’ve co-authored a literary novel, the first thing almost everyone says is: “And you’re still friends? How on earth did you manage that?” It’s as if they imagine collaborative fiction as a kind of three-legged race: goofy and fun at an office picnic, but ill suited to a serious runner....

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Get to Know Literary Agent John Cusick, Who Just Moved to Folio Literary Management

"I’m particularly focused on finding great fiction for middle-grade and teen audiences. I love contemporary realism, fantasy, realistic stories with a fantastical twist, and really anything with imagination and heart. I work with first-time authors as well as veteran writers, and am always on the prowl for fresh voices. I’m seeking for author/illustrators and...

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7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Karim Dimechkie

When I Think It’s Done, It’s Not. I honestly can’t count how many times I’ve thought my novel was complete, both while writing Lifted by the Great Nothing and the current book I’m working on. It only requires a short break to realize how far from done the book really is.

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10 Tips for Writing

**GIVEAWAY! J. Kent is excited to give away a free copy of his novel to a random commenter. Comment within 2 weeks.** Don’t set out to write something from beginning to end. A story is meant to be read from front to back, but not necessarily created that way.

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On Pencils and Process

**GIVEAWAY! Benjamin is excited to give away a free copy of his novel to a random commenter. Comment within 2 weeks.** I love pencils. I wrote every draft of The Last Pilot using Staedtler’s traditional HB; a fantastic pencil.

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7 Things I Learned Mid-Book

I should have been barreling along in my nonfiction book, Challenges in Writing Your Dissertation, in strict obedience to my schedule for the deadline in the contract’s pdf stone. But I could only slouch at my desk and stare beyond the screen, with little groans escaping from my throat. I pecked a phrase, deleted...

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Agent Adds & Cancellations for WDC 2015

Here is a list of changes for the Aug. 1, 2015 Writer’s Digest Conference Pitch Slam. Attendees should feel free to write this info down or print this info off. CANCELED: Thomas Flannery Jr Sarah Nagel Linda Camacho Catherine Luttinger Jill Grosjean Steve Kasdin Cara Mannion Connor Goldsmith – out first session, present for...

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Traveling Back to Look Ahead at the Future of War

The two of us didn’t meet until we were in our 30s, but both grew up on a similar diet of science fiction, techno-thrillers and sprawling war stories. We’d prepare for summer vacation trips by getting a stack of books from the library... GIVEAWAY: August and Peter are excited to give away a free copy...