I flaked on author Christine Fonseca’s Thankful Tuesday series and forgot to write my post. So I’ve christened today Thankful Thursday instead. The topic this week is agents. Before I get to that, however, I would be remiss on this day if I failed to thank all the veterans who have served our country honorably and have made many sacrifices to protect our freedom and keep us safe. God Bless You!
Now, I wish I had a specific agent to thank, but I am still in the query phase. If this post prompted a mad rush of agents to contact me, that would be perfectly fine…
Okay back to the real world. I read somewhere that a well-respected agent can get more than 10,000 queries a year. Of those, they request material from a small percentage, and end up signing an even smaller percentage of clients based on the requested material. Just reading queries and requested material, it seems to me, would be enough for a full-time job (which is why many have interns I suppose). But then they have their actual clients to serve by helping them shape-up their manuscripts, selling said manuscripts to editors, negotiating contracts, rights and permissions, keeping up on the new digital world order of publishing, etc. etc. etc. On top of all this, many of these agents take additional time to assist and educate writers, most of whom are not and never will be their clients. They do this by speaking at conferences, providing critiques, listening to pitches, teaching workshops, and – my personal favorite – blogging.
As a blogger, I know how much time and dedication it takes to keep it fresh and interesting, and I have no pressure whatsoever other than what I put on myself. But these agents all have more than full-time jobs and still take the time to educate writers through their blogs. I feel lucky to be a writer in a time when so much information is given gladly and freely online, making it much easier to be a student of the craft and the business.
With that said, here are some of my favorite agent blogs, in no particular order except for Nathan’s. He upped the ante with his Harry Potter themed posts this week. 😉
- Nathan Bransford – He just instigated the “shriek heard round the world” by announcing his departure from Curtis Brown (The HORROR), but his blog is and will continue to be the best of the best, IMHO
- Rachelle Gardner – WordServe Literary
- Mary Kole – Andrea Brown Literary Agency
- Jennifer Laughran – Andrea Brown Literary Agency
- Natalie Fischer – Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency
- Jill Corcoran – The Herman Agency
- Janet Reid – FinePrint Literary Management
- Coffey. Tea. And Literary – Nancy Coffey Literary Agency Blog
- Kathleen Ortiz – Lowenstein Associates
- Chuck Sambuchino – Guide to Literary Agents Blog
- Confessions from Suite 500 – 2 agents and an assistant blog
- Sarah Davies – The Greenhouse Literary Agency
- Upstart Crow Literary
- Folio Literary Management
- Dystel & Goderich Literary Management
- Sara Crowe – Harvey Klinger
- Brenda Bowen – Sanford J. Greenburger Associates
- Full Circle Literary
- Marisa Corvisiero – L. Perkins Agency
- PubRants – Kristin Nelson of Nelson Literary
Did I miss anyone? Do you have favorites I should add to the list?