Thursday, March 25, 2010

Toss Around Thursday - Agent Blogs

There is so much good information out there on the blogosphere. I learn (and laugh) each time I take a tour of the most recent posts. There are a couple of agent blogs that I follow, but I know I should be reading many more. So I'm hoping today with Toss-Around Thursday, I (and hopefully other readers) can get some good agent blogs to check out. So, how about it? Which are your favorite agent blogs?

Like I said, I don't read nearly enough agent blogs, but one I do like to visit and have learned a lot from is Nathan Bransford's blog. If you haven't already, I highly recommend you check out this awesome blog.



Happy Thursday!

27 comments:

Jen said...

He gives so much great information I can never get enough! I don't follow a ton of agent blogs but I think it's because I'm still working on finding my own. Once I finish the first draft of my novel I'll be hitting the ground running on crit groups and then work my way up to agent blogs, learning all I can about the buiz!

Old Kitty said...

Hi

Nathan Bransford's blog has been going strong since forever and is so definitely worth checking.

Not exactly an agent's blog but I find the Writer's and Artist's Yearbook blog very helpful. Actually the site itself is very helpful.

Take care
x

Velva said...

I can't say that I follow agent blogs but, there are some fabulous food blogs out there that amaze me everyday. Not too mention non-food blogs that are writers like yourself, who have found a creative outlet in the blogosphere.

Talli Roland said...

I love Nathan's blog. It's informative but it's not patronising - you get the sense he really wants to help you, not just make his own job easier.

Falen said...

i've stopped reading industry blogs - BUT, when i did, here were some of my favorites - Rachelle Gardner is always very very helpful - Janet Reid is very snarky, but i learned the most on how to craft a Query letter from her - Book Ends is helpful, as is Dystel & Goderich Literary Management. There's also Bent on Books and the new McVeigh Agent blog but i'm less familiar with those.
And Pub Rants, can't forget about that one

Joanne said...

I occasionally visit various agent blogs. There's always something to learn, or some interesting agent story to enjoy. I like Dystel & Goderich's blog too. The various agents there post, so you do get different viewpoints.

Susan R. Mills said...

Nathan's blog is extremely helpful. I haven't been reading industry blogs lately because, but I will start up again when I get close to querying. There is so much great informations out there.

Stina Lindenblatt said...

I'm getting really bad at following agent blogs. I used to read them all the time. Now I spend time reading the blogs of aspiring writers. Somehow it's more satisfying and I learn a lot more. Plus some are darn funny!

Susan Fields said...

Hi Everyone - thanks for your great comments! Looks like Nathan is a big hit! And it also looks like I'm not so alone in not reading agent blogs religiously, which is good to know - I feel less out of it now. Thanks for everyone for your great suggestions - I'll definitely be checking those out!

KarenG said...

I'm with Stina. I love to follow aspiring author blogs, I can relate better. It's my community. Since I'm not looking for an agent, I don't regularly follow them. I do like kidlit.com. I think she's an agent. That's my favorite-- lots of good insights on the industry.

Tamika: said...

Rachelle Gardner is a daily read for me. I never want to miss out. She is now doing query letters on some of her posts, and dissecting them for all to see. Very helpful!

Piedmont Writer said...

I read what everyone else is reading but I've grown so used to what they say I skim most of them now. Unless it's really important in the publishing industry -- e-rights, the whole Harlequin debacle, Kindle etc.

E. Elle said...

I love Nathan's blog. He gives such great info and his voice makes even the bad news easy to swallow. I also follow Rachelle Gardner.

Kimberly Franklin said...

I love Nathan's site. His is about the only one I read regularly. :)

Theresa Milstein said...

I follow Mary's Kid Lit blog and, more recently, Nathan's blog. I also find the Writer's Digest blogs by Jane Friedman and Chuck Sambuchino helpful.

Myrna Foster said...

Nathan's blog is my favorite, and he links to other agent blogs in his Friday posts sometimes. I also like Mary's (kidlit), Kristen's (pubrants) and Kathleen Ortiz's (kortizzle?).

Myrna Foster said...

And this isn't an agent blog, but Krista interviews agents (awesome agents) about once a week on her blog: http://motherwrite.blogspot.com/

Jemi Fraser said...

Nathan's awesome. Some other really great folks are:

Jessica Faust at BookEnds
Janet Reid
Rachelle Gardener
Elana Roth
Colleen Lindsey

Susan Fields said...

Thanks so much for all the great suggestions everyone - I can't wait to check these out!

Sharon Mayhew said...

Susan,
Nathan says a lot of great things, but he is SO big now that I don't feel that personal connection. Mary Kole has a great blog, so does Suzie Townsend. I still have Nathan on my blog roll, but I have a lot of others too. I put agents that represent all levels of children's writing on my roll. Jane Yolen told me that having an agent allows you to write whatever you want to write....Therefore, I only pay attention to agents that represent all genres from board books to YA.

Jackee said...

After awhile agent blogs start to feel redundant. Poor things, I think they just keep getting the same info asked of them (one of the reasons Miss Snark retired) but thus far I think Mary Kole has been able to keep her blog really appealing. So my vote is for kidlit.com. You should like her especially since she talks a lot about MG and YA.

Good luck, Susan!

Terresa said...

Yes, Nathan most definitely rocks. I started reading his blog last summer and taking notes. Good stuff there!!

Lola Sharp said...

I used to read all of the agents that blog, but, like my friend Anne (Piedmont Writer) above, I grew bored, now I read them only when there is big industry news.
Also, like many above, I prefer to use my blog time reading (and commenting) the blogs of my fellow writers. You're my peeps. :o)

Susan Fields said...

Thanks to everyone for your helpful comments - I've learned a lot through your responses. While I'm definitely looking forward to checking out the blogs that have been suggested (especially since I'll - hopefully - be querying soon), I'm also feeling better about not being a big agent blog reader - it looks like I'm not alone on that front, which is good to know. :)

Shelli (srjohannes) said...

one of my favs!

Tess said...

I've been putting together a list of the 'lesser knowns' as I am calling them .. you know, blogging agents or editors who aren't super popular but still great to read. One is Martha Mihalick (editor) at marthamihalick.com

Susan Fields said...

Shelli - Nathan seems to be very popular!

Tess - thanks for the suggestion - I'll definitely check Martha's blog out.