If you look on the right, you’ll see a list of my favorite blogs, and I thought I’d introduce you to these people who I like.
Nathan Bransford http://nathanbransford.blogspot.com/ is a literary agent with the San Francisco office of Curtis Brown, which is a very well-known agency. I’ve never met him (and he is not my agent), but I feel like I know him from reading his blog. He answers all sorts of nuts and bolts questions, such as how to write a query letter, how to format a manuscript, or how to go about finding an agent. Plus he just seems very pleasant. If I didn’t love my agent, I would apply to him.
Tess Gerritsen http://tessgerritsen.com/blog/ has been a best-selling author for a number of years now, so she knows what she’s talking about, but she’s also very frank and informative. She can tell you about the issues you’ve always dreamed of worrying about, like what it’s like to go out to lunch with your editor and hammer out a provocative title for your best-selling book.
Kristin Nelson http://pubrants.blogspot.com/ is another literary agent, but she has her own agency in Colorado. She too posts lots of good information for writers. For example, her most recent post is about what to look for in an agency agreement. She is very detailed and it’s quite useful, and even if you don’t need the information just yet, it’s fun to read about.
Lisa Romeo http://www.lisaromeo.blogspot.com/ is a mother, a writer, and a student at the Stonecoast MFA program. I don’t have an MFA myself, which is probably the subject of another blog, but I’m intrigued by how they work and I’ve always been interested in Stonecoast because it is low-residency, has interesting teachers (among them Ann Hood and Elizabeth Searle), and looks beautiful. (It’s in Maine, on the coast.)
Jennifer Weiner http://jenniferweiner.blogspot.com/ is the most honest person I have ever read in my life. She is not afraid to say anything, whether she is taking on The New York Times Book Review or certain people who are very important in the book club world that I won’t even mention because God forbid I get someone mad at me before I’ve even started. But I get a vicarious thrill out of reading her blog, plus which she is quite often right.
Patricia Wood http://pkwood.blogspot.com/ is the author of Lottery, which has just been published. She is a very enthusiastic person, and I don’t say that lightly because I consider myself exceedingly enthusiastic. But her novel is doing very well and she writes about what it is like to be a success somewhat late in life—another bloomer! Plus it’s just hard not to share her joy because she is so happy.
Writer Beware http://www.accrispin.blogspot.com/ is written by Victoria Strauss and A.C. Crispin and they devote themselves to uncovering scams that may suck in unwary new writers. Every time a new contest is posted they look into it, and you can save yourself a lot of aggravation by checking out their posts. There are some bad people out there, unfortunately, and writers are vulnerable because we are all desperate.
So, that’s who is on my blog roll. I’ve probably missed a lot. What are your favorite blogs?