Yes, I know, I owe you all a series article. It's coming, I promise. I'm just currently bogged down with chemistry reports, and it's infesting my brain...
"A very nice literary agent indulges in polite rants about queries, writers, and the publishing industry."
Today's blog is agent Kirstin Nelson's blog, Pub Rants. Round of applause, everyone! :D
Who: Kirstin Nelson is the founder of the Nelson Literary Agency, which she founded in 2002. She was an agent for several years before that, and has proven herself a success with a number of her recent representations doing extremely well on the NY Best Sellers lists. She represents women's fiction, romance, literary, fantasy & science fiction, YA and MG, with what seems to be a strong (if unintentional, according to her blog) trend towards spunky female characters, a la Raine Benares from Lisa Shearin's Magic Lost, Trouble Found.
What: Pub Rants is what I call an 'industry blog'. It's chock full of useful information on the publishing industry, as seen by an agent. There are real-live successful query letters, extensive article series on Agenting 101 and Blog Pitching, and posts on every topic remotely connected to the day-to-day business world of an agent.
Where: Here, or here: http://pubrants.blogspot.com/
Why: This is the very first industry blog I began to read regularly. I simply adore the wealth of information that Kirstin divulges in a friendly, easy-to-read, no-nonsense manner. Honestly, if you're even remotely considering publishing, devouring a couple of industry blogs, archive and all, is a must - and this is a fabulous, easy-to-access blog to start with. :)
When: Irregularly, at least twice weekly on weekdays and up to five times a week on weekdays.