Thursday, August 23, 2012

Summer in captions:

Ghost towns
Lava caves
Ugly dolls
Small town parade
Swimming every day
Cousins come
River days
Bear runs by
Gondola ride
Ice skating outside
(in the middle of July)
Moose wading
River otter swimming
Deer and antelope play
Bubble blowing
Mountain peaks
Valleys deep
Badger dodging
Beaver den exploring
Baby birds
Dawn hikes
Ice cream afternoons
Bug hunting
Hot tub dunking
Golden tans
Pineapple fans
Fish feeding
Board games
Alpine lakes
Pirate ships
Books to read
A bouncy slide
Hot springs
Fire smoke
Red sunsets
Marshmallow toasts
Saying hello
Tears for goodby
Moonlit nights
Fans blowing
Banjo picking
Bumpy dirt road driving
Daddy coming
Gift shopping
Goat scoping
Kids growing
Green apple munching
Changes coming
Bluest skies
Months fly by

Next year why don't we give it all another try...

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

News: MG Dear Lucky Agent Contest!!

Click here to read this mailing online.

Welcome to the 11th (free!) “Dear Lucky Agent” Contest on the GLA blog. This is a recurring online contest with agent judges and super-cool prizes. Here’s the deal: With every contest, the details are essentially the same, but the niche itself changes—meaning each contest is focused around a specific category or two. So if you’re writing middle grade fiction (see exactly what this term means below) novel, this 11th contest is for you! (The contest is live through Aug. 27, 2012.)


After a recent “Dear Lucky Agent” contest, the agent judge, Tamar Rydzinski (The Laura Dail Literary Agency), signed one of the three contest winners. After Tamar signed the writer, she went on to sell two of that writer’s books! How cool! That’s why these contests are not to missed if you have an eligible submission.


E-mail entries to Please paste everything. No attachments.


The first 150-200 words of your unpublished, book-length work of middle grade fiction. You must include a contact e-mail address with your entry and use your real name. Also, submit the title of the work and a logline (one-sentence description of the work) with your entry.

Please note: To be eligible to submit, you must do one of two things: 1) Mention and link to this contest twice through any social media—blogs, Twitter, Facebook; or 2) just mention this contest once through any social media and also simply “like” my newest humor book on Amazon. Please provide social media link(s) and notes with your entry so the judge and I can verify eligibility. Some previous entrants could not be considered because they skipped this step!


Middle grade fiction is fiction for kids 8-12. It is NOT young adult, which is aimed at an older audience and can deal with more mature themes.


This contest will be live for approximately 14 days—from Aug. 13, 2012 through the end of Monday, Aug. 27, 2012, PST. Winners notified by e-mail within three weeks of end of contest. Winners announced on the blog thereafter.
To enter, submit the first 150-200 words of your book. Shorter or longer entries will not be considered. Keep it within word count range please.
This contest is solely for completed book-length works of middle grade fiction.
You can submit as many times as you wish. You can submit even if you submitted to other contests in the past, but please note that past winners cannot win again.
The contest is open to everyone of all ages, save those employees, officers and directors of GLA’s publisher, F+W Media.
By e-mailing your entry, you are submitting an entry for consideration in this contest and thereby agreeing to the terms written here as well as any terms possibly added by me in the “Comments” section of this blog post. (If you have questions or concerns, write me personally at chuck.sambuchino (at) The Gmail account above is for submissions, not questions.)

Top 3 winners all get: 1) A critique of the first 10 double-spaced pages of your work, by your agent judge. 2) A free one-year subscription to


Sara Sciuto is a new member of Full Circle Literary. A graduate of the University of California, San Diego, Sara also completed literature coursework at NYU. Before joining Full Circle, she gained valuable experience working on film and foreign rights with the Taryn Fagerness Agency. Her great passions in life are travel and good food – and good books, of course, but that goes without saying! While she’s always cultivating new obsessions, her latest are photography and sailing. Find her on Twitter. She specializes in books for children

Monday, August 6, 2012

I should be writing...

Or editing...
Or something productive.

Here's my dilemma though - I have three novels on my brain. One I started over two years ago, one that's a sequel, and one that I began about two weeks ago. Oh, plus there's the one I haven't started yet, but readers are already asking about.

So what shall I do?

I suppose what I always do. Dream about them, ponder them, and think about the scenes until one conversation catches my attention. Then it will be decided.

Usually works for me.

How do you decide which characters must be written next? Do you usually have more than one story on your mind at a time? Who captures your heart and your time?