A writer’s job is to read, read, read. Read fiction. Read nonfiction for research and nonfiction on your craft. Read your manscript aloud. Read publishing industry news. Read more fiction- bestsellers, books in your genre, and books nothing like your own. Read until your eyes cross. Read, read, read.
One of the most important things for aspiring authors to read is agent blogs. Whether you are querying agents, trying to break into the publishing business, or simply learning more about the world of books, agent blogs are an absolutely necessary source of information. During my plunge into querying agents, I’ve painstakingly divested the internet of its most valuable resource (don’t argue with me on that descriptor): agent blogs.
Blog posts from industry professionals contain the personal details you need to make your queries stand out, the contests that will give you a leg up, and the industry knowledge that will help jump start your writing career.
Actively Maintained Agent Blogs
Thoughts from a Literary Agent: blog from Marisa Corvisiero.
The New Literary Agents– blog of Kae Tienstra and her business partner, Jon.
Chip’s Blog: Blog of MacGregor Literary.
Ask a Literary Agent: Blog from Noah Lukeman, president of Lukeman Literary and author of multiple books on writing queries and fiction.
Carly Watters: Blog of literary agent Carly Watters. Great post from July 12 on making your query stand out in the slush pile.
Bookalicious– blog of agent and top YA book blogger Pam van Hylckama Vlieg.
Mandy Hubbard: author and agent with D4EO Literary.
LaVie en Prose: blog of Meredith Barnes, ex-literary agent now working in digital marketing for Soho Press.
Rapid-Progressive: The blog of Victoria Marini, agent with Gelfman Schneider Literary Agency.
New Leaf Literary: The blog of a brand-new agency headed by Joanna Stampfel-Volpe
This Literary Life: The stylish and thought-provoking blog of Bree Ogden, agent with D4EO Literary Agency.
Magical Words: Featuring posts on helpful topics by several literary agents and published authors.
Confessions: Posts by agent Suzie Townsend.
Janet Reid, Literary Agent: Posts by agent Janet Reid of FinePrint Literary Management. This blog in particular contains a wealth of information and blunt advice for writers. Janet has also been known to host contests.
Query Shark: Janet Reid, master shark of the query waters, also maintains this blog where she dices queries to bits. Enter yours, if you dare! Reading the archives is one of the most entertaining and alarming things you’ll do as a writer.
Pub Rants: Maintained by agent Kristin Nelson of Nelson Literary Agency. Personal, informative posts about all things literary.
Rachelle Gardner: Posts by Rachelle with Books and Such Literary Agency. Many of these posts contain enormously helpful information on the daily life of a successful author- taxes, social media, and the changing publishing landscape are all covered.
Coffee. Tea. And Literary: Blog of the Nancy Coffey Literary & Media Representation. Contests are occasionally run here as well.
Kathleen Ortiz: Agent with Nancy Coffey Literary & Media Representation.
Glass Cases: Blog of the fabulous agent Sarah LaPolla with Curtis Brown, Ltd., featuring short stories, flash fiction, and memoir and novel excerpts from readers.
dhs liter show + tell: The wide-ranging blog of DHS Literary/Inkwell Management.
DGLM: Blog maintained by Dystel and Goderich Literary Management. Frequent posts revealing the world of publishing and writing in valuable detail.
Full Circle Literary: Blog of Full Circle Literary, with archives going back to 2006.
Et in arcaedia, ego. Blog of Jennifer Jackson, powerhouse agent and Vice President of Donald Maass Literary Agency. Frequent “query wars” reports and contests. Archives back to 2003.
The Knight Agency: Blog of The Knight Agency- fantastic recent post on preparing your manuscript for submission.
Lucienne Diver’s Drivel: News, advice, and entertainment from author, agent, and superhero Lucienne Diver.
Agent Savant: “publishing morsels from Laurie McLean.”
Agent in the Middle: posts by RT-award-winning literary agent Lori Perkins.
KT Literary: blog from “shoe-obsessed superagent Daphne Unfeasible.” Immensely informative peeks into her query pile included.
Call My Agent!: Blog from Australian “Agent Sydney.” Emailed questions will be answered in a blog post.
Writing and Rambling- A Literary Agent’s Industry Musings: posts by Nephele Tempest.
Fresh Books, Inc.: infrequent but substantial posts from Fresh Books literary agent and founder Matt Wagner.
All that’s new(s) from A to Z: posts from The Zack Company, Inc.
Ask the Agent: Posts from Andy Ross.
Kidlit: Blog from YA and children’s lit agent Mary Kole.
The Forest for the Trees: Maintained by Betsy Lerner- author, ex-editor and agent with Dunow, Carlson and Lerner Literary Agency.
Between the Lines: Business Blog of Books and Such Literary Agency
Jennifer Represents: the blog of Jennifer Laughran, children’s and YA fiction agent with Andrea Brown Literary Agency.
Bent on Books: news and musings from The Bent Agency- Jenny Bent, Molly Ker Hawn, Susan Hawk, and Nicole Steen.
Susan Says: Blog from Susan Hawk of The Bent Agency. Excellent recent post detailing what Susan is actively seeking.
Jill Corcoran Books: posts from Jill Corcoran, children’s book agent with Herman Agency.
Agent Incite: Posts from agent Mike Kabongo
Red Sofa Literary: Red Sofa’s agency blog. Eclectic industry news.
Babbles from Scott Eagan: posts from Scott Eagan from Greyhaus Literary Agency. Frank and unique presentations of industry news and advice.
Slush Pile Hell: “one grumpy literary agent, a sea of query fails, and other publishing nonsense.” Sometimes it helps to see what not to do in your query.
The Steve Laube Agency: Browse it and learn from it- you’ll love it. Fantastic “News You Can Use” feature.
Upstart Crow Literary: new book announcements, advice on getting published, and more.
Navigating the Slush Pile: “Agent and book lover discovers the world of publishing one fast paced, eye opening step at a time, armed with only a handful of books and an English Lit Degree.” Posts by Vickie Motter, agent with Andrea Hurst Literary Management.
BookEnds, LLC- A Literary Agency: Recently inactive, but chock-full of must-read posts on submissions, query letter samples, and pitch lines.
Fox Literary: Blog of Diana Fox of boutique agency Fox Literary.
Miss Snark, the literary agent: Inactive since 2007, but still a valuable resource.
Deep, Deep Thoughts: informative posts from John Jarrold of John Jarrold Literary Agency.
B.G. Literary: inactive blog of Barry Goldblatt Literary.
The Rejecter: Blog of a super-secret agent. See if you can find out who it is! Contains fantastic archives going back to 2006.
Lyons Literary LLC: “tips and quips on publishing from a literary agent,” Jonathan Lyons, formerly of Curtin Brown, Ltd., and McIntosh & Otis, Inc.
A Gent’s Outlook: inactive since 2007, but still valuable archives.
Blogs Interviewing Agents
Chuck Sambuchino’s Guide to Literary Agents Blog featuring new agent alerts, “How I Got Published” stories, conference/event spotlights, and author interviews.
Hunger Mountain: The VCFA journal of the arts Listed by interview type, the archives contain interviews with authors and agents.
Algonkian Writer Classes: Online Workshops and National Conferences for Agents: Great list of interviews with well-known agents.
Stacey O’Neale: Writer, Publicist, Superhero. Most of these interviews are very recent and therefore most likely to contain accurate information.
Agent Advice: “a series of quick interviews with literary and script agents who talk with Guide to Literary Agents about their thoughts on writing, publishing, and just about anything else.”
Literary Rambles: “spotlighting children’s book authors, agents, and publishing.” The agent spotlights are invaluable for personalizing your query letter.
Mother. Write. (Repeat.) Long list of agent interviews. Be sure to check out the main page of this blog for “how I got my agent” stories, contests, and more.
YA Highway: Writers hosting contests, introducing agents, and collecting publishing news. Fantastic resource.
Comment to let me know what you think of these! I’d love to hear any agent-related blogs you follow. I’ll add them to the list! As always, thanks for reading.