2013 Guide to Literary Agents
The Most Trusted Guide for Finding an Agent
From the Editor: Contest For the 2014 GUIDE TO LITERARY AGENTS
4 Profiles of New Literary Agents
20+ Agents at Our West Coast WD Conference: Sept. 27-29, 2013
How to Write, Sell and Market Your Memoir — Sept. 12 Webinar (with Critique!) by Agent Regina Brooks
Fun Free Music Contest: Name That Tune and Win Writing Critiques/Prizes
4 More Awesome Book Giveaway Contests
Agent-Conference Opportunities

From the Editor: Contest for the 2014 GUIDE TO LITERARY AGENTSSo, as you know from last week, the 2014 GUIDE TO LITERARY AGENTS is out everywhere. It’s big, updated, and full of agent info to help writers. Exciting!Now here’s my next bit of good news: The awesome annual giveaway contest is currently underway. I’m giving away three copies of the book to random commenters. Simply comment on the blog post here to enter. And along the way, hear the testimonials & blurbs of 44 writers who used GLA to get published. The contest lasts for two weeks.Not enough good news for you? FINE. I just debuted as a guest blogger on Writers in the Storm. My first brand new post is a collection of advice from literary agents. Oftentimes, when I interview agents, I finish the interview by asking them for any tips they haven’t yet discussed. The results of this question are fascinating and helpful nuggets of info for authors everywhere. For the post, I am giving away a copy of the 2014 GLA or the 2014 CWIM to a winning random commenter.

Good luck with both contests! This is one of my last newsletters before heading out to Los Angeles at the end of the month for our WD west coast writers conference. If you are going to the event, I will see you there. Come up and say hello!

Until next time, good luck writing, agent hunting, and building your writer platform!

Chuck Sambuchino
Editor, 2014 Guide to Literary Agents  
Editor, 2014 Children’s Writer’s & Illustrator’s Market  
Author, How to Survive a Garden Gnome Attack
Author, Create Your Writer Platform
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4 Profiles of New Literary AgentsThese agents below are looking for clients now. One is even an established agent (Julie Just) that personally asked me to put a call out for queries on my blog. Just click on any or all of the agent names below to see a complete mini-profile of that agent. 

1 & 2. Jodell Sadler and Loretta Caravette of Sadler-Caravette Children’s LiteraryJodell is seeking: Jodell is interested in YA, MG (especially funny), fiction and nonfiction, book proposals, and picture books. She will also coach writers wanting to self publish.  She simply loves a well-paced story that moves her between joy and tears.

Loretta is seeking: Loretta specializes in MG fiction and early readers, and will focus on film rights management. Her academic article, Portrait of the Reader as a Young Child, was published in Children & Libraries: the Journal of the Association for Library Services to Children.

3. Amy Cloughley of Kimberley Cameron & Associates

She is seeking: literary and commercial fiction, mystery/suspense, narrative nonfiction, travel or adventure memoir

4. Lisa Rodgers of Jabberwocky Literary

She is seeking: science fiction, fantasy, YA and middle grade of all genres, and romance.


20+ Agents at Our West Coast WD Conference: Sept. 27-29, 2013Coming up fast is WD’s own west coast writers’ conference in Los Angeles, Sept. 27-29, 2013 . It’s a great chance for west coast writers to pitch literary agents, get instruction on writing, meet other writers, and learn about the industry. This is WD’s second year for a west-coast event, and I am excited to get to LA next month and meet attendees.Naturally you’ll want to check out the conference schedule and all the details. One of the first items you should investigate is the 20+ agents & editors who will be in attendance taking pitches at our large Pitch Slam Event.Also, as a promo incentive, WD is currently offering something very cool. If you sign up for our conference on or before Aug. 30, you become a Writer’s Digest Conference VIP($350 value). You’ll get all kinds of goodies, including recordings of all the sessions you may have missed at the conference. Attending all the sessions you want to attend can be difficult at an event, but becoming a Conference VIP immediately takes care of this concern.

If you are attending the conference, I will see you there! A simple thing you can do to prepare is check out a recent article of mine called “Tips for Pitching a Literary Agent at a Conference” over on The Write Life Blog. It can be a good primer for the main event!

How to Write, Sell and Market Your Memoir — Sept. 12 Webinar (With Critique!) by Agent Regina BrooksWriting a memoir or your life story? Get it published! Instructor Regina Brooks is a literary agent as well as the author of You Should Really Write A Book“Write, Sell And Market Your Memoir.” On Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013, at 1 p.m. EST, she is teaching her signature webinar called “Write & Sell Your Memoir.” It’s an intensive all about memoir writing and publishing, and lasts 90 minutes.All attendees get an awesome critique – a review of their proposal! Don’t forget that agents Louise Fury, Barbara Poelle and Kathleen Ortiz have all signed writers after reviewing their work as part of a WD webinar. Ortiz recently sold that client’s first 2 books!ABOUT THE CRITIQUE

You are invited to submit a proposal for you memoir. All submissions will be critiqued by literary agent Regina Brooks. Regina reserves the right to ask for more materials if she deems your proposal excellent.


If you’ve ever been told that “you should really write a book” and you’ve decide to give it a try -is webinar is for you! Instructor and literary agent Regina Brooks will hone in on the three key measures necessary for aspiring authors to conceptualize and pitch their memoir to an agent or editor.


  • The six major memoir categories, and what works in each genre
  • The key elements of working with a ghost writer and/or collaborator
  • The key elements of a proposal for a memoir
  • How to strengthen your own memoir proposal


Regina Brooks is the founder and president of Serendipity Literary Agency LLC. Her agency has represented and established a diverse base of award-winning clients in adult and young adult fiction, nonfiction, and children’s literature. Her authors have appeared in USA TODAY, NY TIMES and the Washington Post as well as on Oprah, ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, FOX, MSBNC, TV ONE, BET and a host of others.

She has held senior editorial positions at John Wiley and Sons and McGraw-Hill companies. Brooks is the author of the titles Writing Great Books For Young Adults(Source Books) and You Should Really Write A Book: How To Write, Sell And Market Your Memoir ( St. Martin’s Press). She has edited over 100 titles. She is on the faculty of Harvard University’s publishing course. She has been highlighted in global media and TV outlets including ABC News, CW, Forbes, Poets and Writers, Publishers Weekly, The Writer, Media Bistro, Essence, Ebony, Writers Digest Magazine, The Writer, Jet, Uptown Magazine, and Rolling Out. She was named Woman of the Year by The National Association of Professional Women. Brooks is also the founder of Possibiliteas, a tea company that develops tea blends for creative minds. She is a pilot and a member of the Association of Author Representatives and New York Women in Film and Television.

Sign up for Regina’s Sept. 12 webinar here!

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