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…

Used with permission from Debbie Ridpath Ohi at Inkygirl.com

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. 😉

Did I miss anyone?  Do you have favorites I should add to the list?

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6 Comments

  1. Great list! I’m also a fan of Kristin Nelson’s Publishing Rants blog. She’s the owner of Nelson Literary: http://pubrants.blogspot.com/

  2. Christine Fonseca

    I totally bookmarked this post! I LOVE it…and man, there is never a wrong day for a thankfulness post, right???

  3. Great list! I found one or two agents I wasn’t following before so thanks!

  4. That’s quite a number!

    10,000 divided by 250 working days in the year is 40 queries a day.

    No wonder agents and publishers don’t hesitate to toss poorly written queries aside.

  5. This is a great list and I’m proud to say that I’ve met a handful of these fine agents.

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