Agent Blogs: The Best of the Best

As I mentioned in the last post, the May/June 2009 issue of Writer’s Digest has the information brainbomb article “101 Best Web Sites for Writers.”

One of the categories is called “Agent Blogs” and they came to me for my top five.  Here they are and I why I chose them.  If you’re an information sponge like me, these are my top recommendations concerning sites to check out daily or add to your Google Reader. 

Update: A few links weren’t working.  Thanks for the heads up.  they should be fixed.

1. Pub Rants

Denver-based agent Kristin Nelson of Nelson Literary has kept this blog up for several years, and has covered just about every topic – contracts, queries, book covers, you name it.  It’s one of the best all-around agent blogs out there.

2. Nathan Bransford

Sure he looks young, but Nathan, an agent at Curtis Brown in San Francisco, knows a lot about publishing, and his blog is wide in scope.  He hosts small contests, talks queries, discusses the craft of writing, keeps writers’ spirits up, and does it all blogging through the night.  Each week, he has a roundup news post that links to dozens of stories and happenings in the publishing world.

3. Rachelle Gardner

Rachelle, at Wordserve, hasn’t been agenting that long – just two years or so, and her blog was very new last year when it ended up on our 101 short list.  So why did we include it last year?  Because we saw potential and wisdom, and Rachelle has only upped the ante by blogging more and more.  Although she specializes in Christian/inspirational works, her advice is universal and practical – dissecting book proposals and sharing query tips.

4. Query Shark

There are more “query critique” sites now, but this site was one of the first and still the best.  Agent Janet Reid of New Leaf Literary invites writers to submit queries for dissection and criticism/praise.  If you wonder what a query looks like – or, more so, what a good query looks like, just visit Query Shark.
The site isn’t updated as often as the others on this list, but there’s a reason for that. (See No. 5)

5. Janet Reid

That’s right.  Janet Reid runs not only the Query Shark blog but also her own blog about agenting and publishing.  She talks about all things agenting and publishing, and her brutal-honesty style is like no other.

   Although there was only room for five, there are several other great agent blogs to visit.  Off the top of my head, I would encourage you to visit The Swivet (Colleen Lindsay of FinePrint), Dystel & Goderich (a community agent blog), and BookEnds. 

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7 thoughts on “Agent Blogs: The Best of the Best

  1. Tara Maya

    It’s interesting because I think in the past the agent was nearly an "invisible" participant in the publishing process. Now some agents have as much of a brand as an author or a publisher.

    Do you think there are consequences for an author who is querying a high profile agent? I can think of pros and cons, for example:

    Downside: High profile agents probably have more queries. Kristen Nelson receives something like 30,000 a year? I’m not sure if this is higher than non-blogging agents, but I suspect it is.

    Upside: Agents with high profile blogs give enormous cachet to the authors they *do* choose to rep. It’s almost like having an agent and publicity agent rolled into one. I know I am likely to buy the books repped by my favorite agents. I bet I’m not the only one.

    What do other people think?


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