Podcast Episode # 142
Today’s guest is Chuck Sambuchino, whose blog, Guide to Literary Agents Blog — all about agents, submissions and platform — is one of the largest blogs in publishing.
In the episode you’ll hear
- a review from Julie Falatko: Grumpy Goat by Brett Helquist
- another reminder about the new First Pages segment (see below)
In the interview we talk about
- how he was included in a Forbes Top 10 list of “Social Media Influencers” in Book Publishing
- his book, How to Survive a Garden Gnome Attack, how the movie The Full Monty gave him the idea and whether he should be as creeped out by Pez dispensers as he is by garden gnomes
- how to submit an article to the Children’s Writer’s and Illustrator’s Market (CWIM), which he edits
- as the author of Create Your Writer Platform, why Chuck thinks every writer should have one, and why
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If you want to submit for First Pages segment
All First Pages will be critiqued anonymously. Submit them as follows:
- to firstname.lastname@example.org as attachments.
- Formatted correctly as for submission to a publisher for example, click here.
They’ll be critiqued for:
- Title: Is it catchy?
- Recommended target age
- Hook: Do you have a powerful, catchy opening that will hook the reader?
- Rhyme and meter (if applicable): Is the rhyme scheme and meter consistent?
- Do you “show” rather than “tell”?
- Dialogue: Is it believable? Is there a good balance between dialogue and action? Are dialogue tags used well?
- Character Development
- Illustration considerations: Does the story lend itself to lively and interesting illustrations? Does the story give unnecessary details that can be shown instead in the illustrations?
- Miscellaneous: Comments on word choice or sentence structure as needed