Thursday, April 3, 2014

Workshop Sneak Peak: Chuck Sambuchino, Editor at Writer's Digest Books

Chuck Sambuchino will teach three classes and participate in the Ask The Experts panel during the nonfiction portion (June 14 & 15) of the SWA Writers Workshop, June 13-17, at Epworth-by-the-Sea on St. Simon’s Island, GA.  Chuck's an editor, who edits the Guide To Literary Agents. The accompanying Guide to Literary Agents Blog ( is one of the largest blogs in publishing. He is also the editor of another annual resource from WD, the Children's Writer's & Illustrator's Market. He was recently included in a Forbes Top 10 list of "Social Media Influencers: Book Publishing."

Chuck is also a writer.  His humor book, How To Survive A Garden Gnome Attack was released in 2010 and has been featured by Reader's Digest, USA Today, the New York Times and AOL News. The film rights were recently optioned by Sony and director Robert Zemeckis. His second humor book, Red Dog / Blue Dog, a photo collection of liberal and conservative dogs, came out in 2012 and has been featured by USA Today and The Huffington Post.  

Chuck also has two other writing-related titles: the third edition of Formatting & Submitting Your Manuscript (2009), and Create Your Writer Platform (2012) and 700 published articles.  Naturally, he will offer a class on “Selling Articles To Magazines & Websites” and two others: 

How to Get Published: Professional Writing Practices & What Editors Want

This is a general presentation examining good writing practices that all editors appreciate—whether writing for books, magazines, newspapers or online. This workshop goes well near the beginning of the conference. This session targets all levels of writers in both fiction and nonfiction. This one-size-fits-all session has served as a keynote speech several times.

Create Your Writer Platform

A writer’s platform is as important as ever now. Visibility and ability to self-market are mandatory these days for writers of nonfiction and self-published works. Furthermore, fiction writers want a platform to sell books, meet readers and increase their value. Adapted from his 2012 book, Chuck teaches writers the basics of what a platform is and why it is necessary. Then he delves into the building blocks of what can constitute a platform, from media appearances and speaking engagements to social networking, Twitter and more.  

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