5 Literary Agent Blogs Aspiring Writers Should Read

There are a number of interesting and useful blogs written by literary agents that can help aspiring writers learn the process of querying agents, writing and formatting manuscripts, publishing, and more.  However, there are five blogs written by agents that are absolute must-reads for any writer that has goals to publish a book through a well-known publisher one day.

A few of these blogs helped me immensely as I taught myself how to get a literary agent and publisher for my first book.

If you want to get published, start reading the following literary agent blogs today:

1.  Nathan Bransford

Nathan is a respected agent working for the well-known Curtis Brown agency in the San Fransisco office.  His blog was one of my key resources as I researched how to get a literary agent.  I loved how Nathan took the time to provide an incredible amount of useful information and was always available to respond to comments.

2. Miss Snark

Even though Miss Snark stopped writing her blog in 2007, it’s still an incredible resource to learn how to write query letters.  Her blunt way of analyzing real query letters left no room for confusion.  Miss Snark’s identity was never revealed (although there was quite a bit of speculation).

3. BookEnds, LLC

This is another blog that I read a lot as I tried to learn how to get a literary agent.  Jessica Faust and Kim Lionetti are the primary agents at BookEnds today.  One of the things that I liked about this blog was that the agents were very communicative through the comments published on blog posts.

4. Query Shark

Janet Reid writes her own literary agent blog as well as the Query Shark blog, which is filled with great information to help you learn how to write query letters.  With a tagline like, “How To Write Query Letters…or really, how to revise query letters so they actually work,” it’s hard to resist this blog.

5. Pub Rants

Kristin Nelson writes Pub Rants, which she describes with the following tagline, “a very nice literary agent indulges in polite rants about queries, writers, and the publishing industry.”  She writes about a wide variety of topics that affect aspiring writers, including submissions, query letters, advances, royalties, and much more.

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3 responses
  1. wombatarama Avatar

    Don’t miss this one:
    Because you have to get past the agent’s assistant first. And she’s a hoot.

    1. Susan Gunelius Avatar

      I almost included that one, but I was trying to narrow it down to 5 for this list. I think I really have to do a post with all of the agent blogs in one place because they all offer such great insight for aspiring writers!

  2. daniel mamann Avatar

    Hi there! I know this is somewhat off topic but I was wondering if you knew where I could find a captcha plugin for my comment form? I’m using the same blog platform as yours and I’m having trouble finding one? Thanks a lot!

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