Nathan Bransford, Author


Thursday, September 10, 2009

Introducing Jacob Wonderbar


Confession time: I got a book deal. For a novel. My own.

Background.

I never started this blog, nor did I become a literary agent, because I wanted to be a writer. When I started as an assistant at Curtis Brown in 2002 I had some vague notions that I might write a screenplay… or something… someday… maybe… but that was quickly consumed by the more-than-full-time job of being an assistant and trying to work my way up in the publishing world.

I started the blog because being a literary agent is not only my job, it’s a true passion, and I wanted to both help out the unpublished and try to differentiate myself from the scores of other agents out there. Not, let me say again, because I thought of myself as a writer or had any designs on being one.

Fast forward to October 2008. The publishing industry and broader economy was in total meltdown apocalyptic mode, the whole country was stressed out about the election, and I had this idea for a novel… what better time to write a novel, right???

So, over the next several months, over late nights and weekends, I wrote a middle grade science fiction novel called JACOB WONDERBAR AND THE COSMIC SPACE KAPOW, about three kids who trade a corndog for a spaceship, blast off into space, accidentally break the universe, and have to find their way back home.

(And yes, San Francisco residents: Jacob’s namesake is the completely delicious Philz coffee brew).

Whew! Finished it!

Then I had to find an agent. And no, I couldn’t represent myself.

I sent out my queries, got my share of rejections, stressed plenty, but found my way to the awesome Catherine Drayton at Inkwell, who, to my extreme delight, agreed to take it on. (Why not Curtis Brown? I wouldn’t have wanted it to be awkward for my coworkers when I devolve into an unrepentant diva.)

Then came the submission process, where I… also got my share of rejections.

But then. Then! The clouds parted, the light shone through, and Dial Books for Young Readers at Penguin agreed to publish it. JACOB WONDERBAR AND THE COSMIC SPACE KAPOW will come out in 2011.

Now. Let me try to preempt a few questions that will be on the lips of many an anonymous commenter:

Did you have an advantage being a literary agent?

Yes. Are you kidding me? Yes.

I have been eating, breathing, sleeping, inhaling, and ingesting books basically nonstop, 24/7, for seven years. It’s my day and night job. I’ve seen tens of thousands of query letters, and I (hopefully) know what makes a good one. I’ve been working with some of the most talented writers in the world and have had to think extremely hard about writing and plot and all the other elements that go into a book.

But before I’m held up as an example of all that is wrong with publishing these days, please consider the following:

This wasn’t actually the first novel I have written or tried to have published. Like many writers out there, the first novel I wrote (deservedly) crashed and burned. Couldn’t find an agent and justifiably so. Because it wasn’t good enough. Like many people, I had to experience the pain of giving up on it, putting it in the drawer, and battling a serious case of the “Am I crazies” when I decided to start another one.

So… if all it took to find a publisher was being a literary agent and having a blog: you would have been hearing me announce a deal for that novel.

Let me also just point out that whatever advantage I have as a publishing employee is completely open to everyone: you just have to find a job in publishing, toil away for seven years in the industry, steadily gain everyone’s confidence, and then write in your spare time.

Trust me, there are easier ways of getting a leg up.

But it’s not really a coincidence or a sign of inside dealing that there are so many agents and editors who write: they’ve already devoted their lives to books because they love them dearly. Of course some of them then decide to write themselves.

Are you giving up agenting?

Uh……………. No.

Let me elaborate: No. No no no no no no.

I’m first an agent. That’s my job. This novel is just a fun side project. My clients and prospective clients always come first. I made it a point of pride that my response times never, ever suffered as I was working on my own projects. Not for queries, not for partials, and especially not for my clients.

If anything, going through the publication process has made me a much more empathetic agent. I thought I would be totally cool throughout the process… I’ve seen this before! I know what it’s like! Yeah, not so much. I learned a huge amount and have (I hope) become a better agent for it.

Will this blog be changing into a vehicle for relentless, egotistical self-promotion over the next two years (god, I’m going to have to hear about Nathan’s freaking novel nonstop for TWO YEARS someone please just go ahead and kill me now)?

Absolutely!!!!!!!!

(Just kidding).



Anyway, hope this explains why I’ve been so sentimental on the blog lately. This has been quite a roller coaster of a process, and I’ve been feeling the ups and downs of the writing life very keenly over the last year.

Thanks so much for reading this blog and for all of your great comments. I really can’t even express just how much I’ve learned from all of you.






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Travener said...

Well, cool for you. I wonder how many of us will claim to be "first" today? Just out of curiosity, how many rejections did you get? (Might make the rest of us feel better to hear.)

www.thebiglitowski.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

OMG! This is so exciting!!!

I'm sure you'll continue to be an awesome agent, while being a writer on the side.

Plus, I think your clients are so lucky. Now you'll understand the agony we writers go through! The long hours! The self doubt!

Hmmmm...maybe it's time I query you again.

Congratulations Nathan! Couldn't have happened to a nicer guy!

Travener said...

Holy crap. I really was first!

www.thebiglitowski.blogspot.com

Crystal Posey said...

CONGRATS!

Nathan Bransford said...

travener-

Thank you! I queried about ten agents, and I don't know the exact number of publishers, but it sure felt like a thousand.

Nick said...

Congratulations! I'll read it.

LindsRay said...

Really, really thrilled for you. And honestly, I think seeing both sides of the publishing world makes you both a better agent and a better writer. Kudos to you, and I hope my school soon has it in our library! :)

Lisa McMann said...

Who are you calling unrepentant divas, hmm? ;-)

Congrats, Nathan! Couldn't have happened to a nicer guy.

Marilyn Peake said...

Congratulations, Nathan! That is freaking awesome! I’m very happy for you, love that you really understand what it’s like being a writer, and relieved to hear that you plan to continue working as a literary agent. May you sell millions of copies of your book!

Katie said...

Well that is just so fun! And you are now agent brother to a couple of my fave writers of all time Lisa and Laura Roecker :-)

Bill said...

Congratulations, Nathan! Knowing you've been through the whole wringer yourself a couple of times just makes me trust your advice all the more. Nobody (nobody, I tell you!) can accuse you of not knowing where writers are coming from.

Yes, I just dangled a preposition. Stop snickering.

Kiersten White said...

Congratulations!! I'm so happy for you. I always hoped you'd write more than just the blog because you have such a great voice.

So glad to hear you put it to even more use : )

Jen said...

Wow. Congrats. I'm moderately happy for you. I'd be happier if you weren't a literary agent with a bazillion connections and loads of insider info and advantages over the rest of us but...ya know...moderately happy is still pretty good. :)

Carolyn said...

Congratulations! That's wonderful news. Your book sounds so cute, too.

Flemmily said...

Wow.

That's all kinds of awesome. Can't wait to read it!

Selestial said...

Congratulations! Middle grade too - my son will be thrilled to have another book that comes recommended from me.

Though, on a personal note, I hope you post an excerpt on here sometime near the publication date, so I can actually recommend it to him in good faith :D

Felicity said...

Congratulations! Let me know if you want a kid-sized review. My eight year-old son would undoubtedly love a story about trading a corn dog for a spaceship!

Joann said...

CONGRATULATIONS, Nathan!. Obviously your generosity, talent, diligence, and a splash of good karma have paid off. I am so grateful for your blog and so thrilled for you!

SOUTH BEACH STAR said...

Congratulations! You deserve it. Even though I received a rejection from you, I still keep reading your blog and you've inspired me. Since I've been rejected by you, I've rewritten my book (twice) and now feel that it's really ready. I feel that I jumped the gun by sending out queries and chapters but now I'm going to start the process all over again. Thanks,
James Cubby
http://southbeachstarwriter.blogspot.com/

Kvn said...

Hardy congratulations to you! I hope in the years to come there are lots of great insider blog posts about coping with a deluge of accolades, fame and fortune and good-natured taunting from JK Rowling.

Serenity said...

I for one am relieved. You'd never really indicated your interest in being a writer yourself, and yet you so clearly ARE one. It's only slightly disheartening when someone who doesn't even want to is so dang good at it. Huge Congrats.

Eva Ulian said...

Well, what can I say... I wish it were me! Congratulations Nathan, it shows you are mortal too.

Kristi said...

I have been wondering when this would happen!

Congratulations!!

Can't wait to read it. Hope you don't retire on your well deserved advance, head off on your private yatch to the Bahamas where nary a writer would ever find you again, except for SRO speaking engagements. We'd miss you.

Livia said...

Congratulations!! Your FAQ was hilarious. I'd be interested in hearing what you thought were the factors that made your first novel unsellable (or, to take a more positive spin, why this new novel is better than the previous one), in a future post, if you're willing to share.

Cat Moleski said...

Congratulations, Nathan! I think it's inspiring that someone who works as hard as you still found the time to write a book. Hooray, for all of us who are toiling to do the same, may we all be as fortunate as you. And as persistent.

reader said...

Holy Crap, Nathan is getting published! Wheee! I'm so happy for you! That is too freaking cool!

(I have a feeling Catherine Drayton is going to get slammed with queries by the end of the day. I have a partial out with her right now, but I'm not holding my breath.)

Livia said...

By the way, you're mentioned by name in 3 out of the 9 posts in my fledgling blog. Please don't stop blogging, or else I will have to actually come up with my own content for a change.

Kate @There'sABlogInMySoup said...

Congratulations Nathan! Anyone who has read this blog can't help but look forward to anything else penned by you! Jacob Wonderbar will be sweeping the nation in no time!

Anonymous said...

Woa
ohhhh
WOW!

very, VERY jealous

and glad for you too.

Congratulations.

Narnian Girl said...

THAT IS SO GREAT! I am so happy for you! I love the title. I love the idea. I love the fact that you are so thoroughly in love with books that you have built a career that lets you experience them from all sides. You deserve it! You have given us all so much, through your educational posts, your encouragement, and your humor. Now we can give back to you! I, for one, will tell everyone I know about this book. Woo hoo!

Natalie said...

Yay! Have I mentioned lately how cool you are? Well, you are.

Kristin Miller said...

Congratulations! Very cool deal. Title and plot sound great and I can't wait to get my hands on a copy!

Stuart Neville said...

Congratulations, sir! You have so many moments of panic and delight ahead of you, and I agree, it can only give you a better perspective on your clients' journeys. Well done.

Anonymous said...

re: hearing about your book ALL THE TIME on your blog, I think that would be fantastic!

I'd actually really like some posts in the future about how you approach an editorial letter and copyedits, ect.. I think most of us would if that is something you'd eventually want to share.

Marsha Sigman said...

Why am I not surprised that you would be good at writing too?

Congrats!!!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations! Very cool and I can't wait for my kids to read it. Actually, I'll undoubtedly read it too. It sounds like a really fun story.

Regarding yesterday's post. My daughter often laments that she cannot tell what she's getting into when she buys books (she's 12). Several times we have returned a book or graphic novel because she thinks it's inappropriate for her to read. I know this might be an unusual scenario, but I know she would love to see some sort of rating system for YA.

tammi sauer said...

Congratulations!

I say bring on the unrepentant diva...and maybe some corndogs.

Teresa said...

Well congratulations on YOU! It tells me a lot about your character that you had the integrity to use the query process with another agency.

Congratulations, Nathan!

Teresa

Elyssa Papa said...

Congrats!!! I can't wait to read your book.

LenaC said...

Woot! Congrats, Nathan!! The book sounds awesome. And fun. :-)

And now, inexplicably, I'm jonesying for a corn dog. With yellow mustard.

??

Abi King said...

Congratulations! And enjoy it!

It seemed a shame that you had to pre-empt criticism in your post.

Celebrate and enjoy, enjoy, enjoy!

sex scenes at starbucks said...

I AM SO EXCITED FOR YOU!!! Yea! Can't wait to buy it for my kids. :) :) :)

John said...

Congrats, Nathan!

It's nice to read such an insightful blog from someone in the industry that knows the perspective on both sides of the fence.

lauren said...

Wow! What a cool surprise! The novel sounds like a ton of fun. Congrats!

You should consider renting a corn dog maker for your future book signings. Corn dogs + awesome kids' SF novel = culinary and literary GOLD!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations.

I have always suspected that you are sentimental to literary young adult. ;)

Can you and will you tell us about the novel's plot and share your query letter?

Finally, without a doubt, being a published author will change you as both an agent and as a blogger - I am interested to see how. Please assure me that you won't become a published-author-diva!

I look forward to reading your work.

Monkey Mama said...

Many many congratulations!!! It's nice to see good vibes coming back to you!!
Sounds like a terrific read!!!
:-)

Victoria Schwab said...

That is absolutely fabulous news, Nathan! I am delighted for you :)

Do you know what season you're slated for?

Cece Writer said...

delurking to say Congrats!! I love the premise of your book (go Corndogs! LOL) and best of luck to you.

Amie

Joelle said...

congrats. I swear I've already heard of this book. How can that be? Publisher's Marketplace, perhaps? Anyway, cool. It's the greatest feeling in the world, isn't it? Getting that call from your agent...I was so stunned that my bubbly personality just disappeared and my agent thought something was wrong! Haha. You never know how you'll react. Have fun. As a debut author just finishing up (first pass pages coming soon), I can say it's a wild and wonderful ride.

And "Go Team Penguin!"

cheers,
Joelle
RESTORING HARMONY Putnam 2010

Francesca said...

Congratulations! Very much looking forward to reading it. Also, I am looking forward to being an unrepentant diva when my time comes. (Dawwwwwwwling!)

Rose said...

I knew it, I knew it, I knew it! I had long wondered to what genre you wrote in your secret hours, because the joy in you find in writing is irrepressibly obvious.

Congratulations, Nathan! Great title, and a book I will be looking forward to reading.

Amy A. W. Bonaccorso said...

Congrats!

And I second other commenters by saying that you really will be a better agent (and writer) because you have seen both sides of the fence.

christopher ryan said...

Very awesome. Big congrats!

Kellie M. Walsh said...

Congratulations, Nathan! Wonderful news!

And it will be especially interesting to hear how your agent half and writer half get along -- or don't.

Anonymous said...

Edit to first post:

I meant to say tell us more about your plot's development.

How did you come up with the idea, etc.

Nadia said...

Congratulations, Nathan!

TereLiz said...

Congratulations! Are you going to share your query letter? ;)

Sounds like just the kind of MG book I would have wanted to read! Best wishes on staying sane until it's released.

Anonymous said...

"This is a subjective business" = if I know you and like you, I will buy your book. Unfortunately, your success, Nathan, is just one more example of why so many writers think that the publishing industry is incestuous and depraved. I don't hold it against you personally, but that's the perception that's out here. Gotta be honest.

Bitter much? Hell, yeah.

~~Anon. in Tuscon

Mark Terry said...

Congratulations. And that premise and title sounds awesome.

Nathan Bransford said...

Thanks so much, everyone!! I will try to strike a balance between sharing some of the details of the writing and publication process without boring everyone to tears about me me me me me. The blog will probably return to normal in the coming weeks, and I may sprinkle in some posts about my publishing journey.

I really, really appreciate everyone's kind words!

Jeanne said...

Congrats!

Slush Junkie said...

That's fantastic! If anyone can juggle this many items with so much success, it's definitely you! Looking forward to reading it in the near future!

Alexa said...

Congratulations Nathan, that's brilliant!
Sounds like a great book.

Lady Glamis said...

Congratulations, Nathan! You're not popular for no reason at all. You understand writers, and it shows. And now you have proof that you know EXACTLY what all of this is about. Thank you so much for sharing, and I look forward to reading your book!

Jennifer said...

Congratulations!! How fun! I look forward to purchasing Jacob Wonderbar for my kids!

Kate H said...

Congratulations! If anyone deserves success based on just plain niceness, you do. And I'll bet the book is good, too.

I've spent my life as an editor and it hasn't given me even a toe up in terms of getting a novel published, so I'd be the last to accuse you of having an easy time.

I look forward to reading the book!

dan radke said...

Holy crap, dude, nice! Congrats!

I'll make sure to tell my woman about it so she can pick up one of those free advance copies from her work :)

Bane of Anubis said...

Congrats, Nathan -- would you be willing to share your successful query (or at least parts of it?)

Derek Gentry said...

Congratulations, Nathan--that's great news!

Ink said...

I would have kept the corndog.

Nathan Bransford said...

bryan-

Jacob Wonderbar would probably agree with you.

Sophie Beal said...

Congratulations. Sounds like a fab premise. How on earth have you found the time?

Meryl K. Evans said...

Your short one sentence description of the book's storyline gripped me! Definitely original and something I'd want to read and hope my kids would, too.

Your clients will benefit from your experience now that you have the perspective from the "other side."

To your success and Jacob's too. Thanks for sharing how its name came to be. That was cool and I'm not in SF, so I woulda never known.

Kim H said...

Congrats!

You should join us over at the 2011 Debut Authors group:
http://community.livejournal.com/2011debuts/

CKHB said...

Aw, congrats! I've heard that middle grade is very hard to write, because of having to get the voice of the young characters just right...

I'd be interested to hear HOW to picked which agents you would submit to, given your insider knowledge on agents as a whole. And, did you query some of the same people who rejected the first novel?

Marie Devers said...

Nathan,

Congratulations. Sincerely. You are a great person who gives a lot back to writers. You work hard and you deserve this.

Enjoy it, and thanks for not giving up on agenting. We still need you in the trenches.

Frankie Diane Mallis said...

Congratulations! That's awesome!! This makes you an even cooler agent than before!

PatriciaW said...

Way cool. Congratulations!

L. T. Host said...

Nathan, I feel like the team that I really wanted to win the SuperBowl just won.

Congrats, so much congrats!

PLEASE tell us more about your book... I don't think anyone will (well, ok, there's bound to be ONE, but the majority of us won't) be upset that you share.

I think we all want to share with and through you.

I completely agree that you ARE a writer, as seen in your blog posts, and it's about time you got published! Congrats, congrats, congrats some more!

~Aimee States said...

Aw, I'm so happy for you. Congratulations, you softie.

Thermocline said...

That's great news. Congratulations, Nathan. I agree with the others who've said you have an obvious talent for writing about reality. It will be great to see what you do with fictional world.

annerallen said...

Congrats to you and Mr. Wonderbar. To think you were writing your brilliant nearly-daily blogposts, agenting, AND writing/marketing a novel..and you still had time for reality TV. You're an inspiration to us all.

Bane of Anubis said...

Also, have you already started writing your next book like a good little author ;)?

Ink said...

Can't go wrong with a corndog. I mean, what will a spaceship do for you in those front row seats?

Empress Awesome said...

Oh my gosh, that's so freakin' awesome! But you know this means I hate you even more, right(in the best sense, of course)?

HL said...

Congratulations!!! And thank you both for your blog and being honest enough to share with us the difficulties of the process, even for an agent ;)

Looking forward to seeing the cover

Cate Gardner said...

Congratulations, Nathan.

Bane of Anubis said...

Bryan, there are 3 kids -- that's a little too much cootie sharing for me. Don't know how you do it in Canadia, but we don't roll like that down here.

Leona said...

Awesome Nathan! I'm looking forward to a book I can give my 8 year to enjoy. He is way above his reading level. More pre-teen, early teen in ability. It's hard for me to judge books and find one that is neither too hard nor too easy AND that isn't too mature in theme. Yours sounds about right :) Hope to hear more about the process.

Anyone have any good recommendations?

Luisa Perkins said...

Congratulations, Nathan! That's really great. It sounds like a book my kids will enjoy.

Mercy Loomis said...

Congratulations Nathan! I always thought you should write more than just the blog!

You're a great example to other aspiring writers, because everyone who has done any reading at all about literary agents knows what long hours you guys put in. To do all that work AND still make time to write a novel is stellar!

And sci-fi. Good choice, good choice. ;)

Arjun said...

Congrats, looking forward to it

Mayumi said...

Nathan,

CONGRATULATIONS!

This is fantastic news--not surprising and certainly deserved.

I love that someone who so obviously loves books also writes them. No doubt your book will be all the better for it.

Cheers,
Mayumi

Ink said...

Bane,

1 Corndog, 1 Me. I don't see any problems. There are no friends where corndogs are concerned.

That's how we Canuckians roll. You think you got the juice for my corndog, bring it on. You better bring more than a spaceship, baby.

Catherine Hughes said...

Many congratulations.

LauraBruno said...

Congratulations and thanks for sharing your process!

Matilda McCloud said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!That's so wonderful!!!!

By the way, that's where I worked--Dial Books for Young Readers! You will be in good hands there!!!

Mira said...

Nathan, I'm touched that you're sharing your happiness with all of us. Thanks for letting us in during your celebration!

My first reaction on reading this was surprise. Not that you'd be published, that was a most likely a given. Or that you're a gifted writer, that was obvious. I just wasn't expecting it so soon. Damn, you're....what? motivated? driven? hard-working? I can't find the right word.

Awesome. That's the right word. What you'll acheive in your lifetime given half the chance is just awesome.

Congratulations on what is undoubtedly the first success of many, many, many.

I liked what an earlier poster said about karma. I agree. I see that too. It's not just hard work, you deserve this.

Congratulations, Nathan!

Robin said...

The book sounds fantastic! Congratulations!!!

Anonymous said...

Congrats!

Joy said...

Yay! Congratulations! I bet it's going to be hilarious! Can't wait to read. Do we get to see the query that got you published :-P

Michelle Kemper Brownlow said...

Congratulations!
It is great to hear that you have "lived the life" of a new writer and I believe it gives you a more rounded view of the industry....not that you didn't have an amazing VIEW of the industry from your desk...just says a lot about your passion to voluntarily walk those ropes!
AWESOME!
Sounds like a book my son will LOVE!

Joel Q said...

Congrats.

Please post your successful query letter, if you can.

Lisa Katzenberger said...

Congratulations Nathan! So very happy for you!

Raethe said...

Congratulations!

(The offical return of classes means I am unable to think of anything more eloquent. But really, that should do.)

Ello said...

Congratulations Nathan! It sounds like just the kind of book I'd pick up for my kids! Can't wait to read it!

Anonymous said...

Did you query any agents you personally knew?

WendyCinNYC said...

Oh my gosh! Congratulations!!

Nathan Bransford said...

anon-

I queried some agents I knew personally and ended up with one I'd never met.

Novice Writer Anonymous said...

Congrats! Very cool.

Annalee said...

hey, congratulations! That's awesome!

Steve Fuller said...

Congratula...

I hate you.

Marsha Moore said...

Wow, wow, wow! Congrats! Best of luck!

Casey McCormick said...

Congratulations, Nathan! I love the title.

JES said...

Woot!

...so will it be available on Kindle before the bookshelves? And what's the Kindle equivalent of an author's sneaking around to bookstores to turn his/her own book face-out? :)

Kate said...

congrats

PJ Hoover said...

How awesome is this! Congratulations!

Kim said...

Congrats! Can't wait to read it. It sounds great!

Steph Damore said...

I've got an answer to your question Mira - Space Alien.

Yes, this excellent publishing news of Mr. Bransford only proves that he is a space alien. Or super human in some way. That is the only explanation as to his awesomeness.

Sun Up said...

That is so awesome. It kind of raises your respect in my eyes simply because you know what it's like to be on both end of the spectrum. And really, that book sounds good. Provided I'm marginally NOT poor when it's out, I'd buy it.

Stephen Parrish said...

Congratulations Nathan! Your blog writing has always been exquisite, so this announcement comes as no (huge) surprise.

The title and tagline are irresistible.

Christopher M. Park said...

Congratulations! I don't think there's any reason for people to be doubting your intentions or thinking you have a magical inside track. You've always been on the level with the blog, and that continues now. I'm sure you'll catch some flak from someone, but that's not a reasonable or a universal sentiment. Like the others here, I think the fact that you "know from whence you speak" can only help to make you an even more awesome agent. Good stuff!

Dara said...

Very awesome! I always thought "he should write a book." At least from the amazing blog entries you write nearly every day.

Definitely keep us updated on its progress. I think title and premise sound great!

Patrice said...

I have tears in my eyes. Really, not joking. As if you weren't already my hero....


A big fat congrats! I always thought it was a shame you didn't write fiction because you have a truly unique voice that comes through in your blog posts. I wish you all the best.

I'm sensing a contest coming....maybe something to do with your query or a signed copy of JWCSK?

Enjoy your ride. Can't wait to read it.

Pamala Knight said...

Congratulations Nathan! I'm sure that your experience has given you even more empathy with your clients--both real and potential.

That's great news and I can't wait to read Jacob.

Julie said...

Congrats!!!!!

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Well done! I am particularly awed that you can wear so many hats and do it with style. ;)

AerosolDoc said...

Nathan - congratulations!!

I'm officially insanely jealous (in a good way).

Question: Does this mean that you will now consider queries from Middle Grade Science Fiction Novels??

Because, you know, I'm writing one. And I want to query you when it's done (and polished, and polished some more).

Congrats again. Still jealous.

L-Plate Author said...

Congratulations Nathan, am well chuffed for you!

Mel

Dawn said...

Congratulations! That's great news!

Kristen Torres-Toro said...

Wow, that's really cool! Thanks for letting us in on your journey. It helps a lot to know that you understand "our side" as well!

Sophia said...

That is fantastic news! Many, many congratulations, Nathan. That is so inspiring! And your books sounds brilliant. :)

kyred said...

Fantastic news. Congratulations!!!!

fatcaster said...

Great news, Nathan!

I don't usually read middle-grade SF, but I will, just because you're the author.

Looking forward to a reading and a signed copy too. BOL.

Anonymous said...

Oh Nathan, Pleeeeeeze post your query letter here for us.

Karla Doyle said...

Congratulations!

2011 is so far away, are you feeling impatient?

I hope you'll share every step of the journey with your "followers". We would love to hear all about you, you, you and your journey as an author.

Anonymous said...

Okay, I am going to have to ask this:

Are there space monkeys in the book?????????

Jael said...

One of us! One of us!

(congrats, Nathan)

Hollie Sessoms said...

I have to agree with Steve Fuller. I want to be happy for you, but I'm too competitive.

I promise to buy your book though! Promise, promise, promise. But me and Steve still hate you!

Rogue Novelist said...

Is your head exploding yet from all these congrats?

Excellent, I'll purchase at least ten.

Lisa Schroeder said...

Nathan - CONGRATULATIONS!! Oh my gosh, I'm so excited for you!!!

I have two boys and it sounds like a great boy book, something we REALLY need more of!

So we really must remember it only takes one, right? RIGHT!?!?

Marilyn Peake said...

Nathan,

I’m glad to hear that you plan to write some blogs about your publishing journey. In addition to the great advice about the publishing industry you post as a literary agent here, your blog has always felt like a wonderfully creative and supportive writers’ group as well. I have the feeling it’s about to enter an even higher level as a meaningful writers’ group. I look forward to it! And, once again, congratulations on your awesome news!!

Dawn VanderMeer said...

Congratulations! I'm so happy for you!

I really thought you'd write a book since you clearly have a gift with words (and I had a ms consultation with you and saw firsthand how well you edit), but I assumed it would be on craft. How fun that it's middle grade science fiction! I didn't see that coming. What a cool surprise!

Cara Powers said...

Now that I've scrolled through all your comments, my comment seems a little extraneous.

Congratulations! On your book deal and for being short-listed for best industry blog at BBAW.

http://oohbooks.blogspot.com

Eric said...

Congratulations!

Daniel said...

Ha! Awesome and CONGRATULATIONS!!

Feel free to promote it shamelessly all you want because that title is fantastic! I don't know how you found time to write a novel with all the posting, traveling, agenting and reading you do, but it shows me that I have no excuses now.

Cheers!
~D/L

abc said...

Damnit you are cool, Nathan. I'm excited for the book. I don't usually read sci-fi but I'll make an exception for you. And also because it has a kickass name.

Wow.

Jodi Meadows said...

Hurrah! Congratulations!

Merc said...

Congrats, Nathan! :D The novel sounds like a lot of fun!

Mary said...

Congratulations, Nathan! And hooray for kids in space! Jacob Wonderbar sounds right up my alley; can’t wait to read this book. :)

Mystery Robin said...

Congratulations, Nathan! I'm thrilled for you. :)

Laurel said...

I got so excited I skipped everyone else's comments-which I never do-but I'm pretty sure they all said the same thing I will.

THAT'S FRIGGIN AWESOME!

Congratulations. Your next novel should be about the time machine you use to creat 36 hour days when the rest of us have to get by with only 24.

Suzanne Young said...

Excellent news, Nathan. Congrats!

Other Lisa said...

Dang it, I always come late to all the cool parties...

Nathan, many many congratulations! No wonder you're so good at getting what we writers go through...

I predict great things for "Jacob" - and you better believe it's going on my Christmas list - I know a few kids who will be just about the right age in 2011!

Anonymous said...

how many words?! :)

Christy Pinheiro, EA ABA said...

Holy crap. Congrats! I'm sure you won't have any problem getting reviewers.

The premise sounds fun and catchy.

Other Lisa said...

And...yeah! Are there space monkeys???

jeniwrites said...

So, SO excited for you. Congratulations!! And a middle-grade novel, too -- I found that interesting because I read once that you don't lean toward representing middle-grade novels (or something along those lines), but if in doubt, to send a query to you, anyway. Your story sounds like a lot of fun, and I look forward to reading it someday.

Jeni Bell

Lydia Sharp said...

Congrats!

Leigh Lyons said...

Congrats Nathan!

So, did querying help you to understand what we writers go through a little better? I ask because not many agents, as far as I can tell, have gone through the whole process from a writer's point of view.

I'll be looking for your book in 2011!

Regina Milton said...

Congratulations Nathan. From the very first time I read your blog I thought you should be writing as well. Glad to see that you were this whole time!

Thanks for sharing. I'll be sure to get a copy of your book.

Literary Cowgirl said...

Woohooo! I love a general who gets in the trenches and fights like his men. Soo happy for you. It is a killer of a ride. Please, keep us updated. I haven't read al the comments, but I am sure many others feel the same as I do. I'd love to hear a bit more about the journey of your MS, and maybe a little about your writing process. CONGRATULATIONS!

bethanyintexas said...

Congratulations, Nathan! I probably would've done the same thing--traded a corndog for a space ship LOL. I'm not a huge fan of corn dogs. Of course, I'd be more inclined to trade a corn dog for Godiva Chocolate, but then again, I'm not a boy. LOL

Let us know when you have a release date :-)

Literary Cowgirl said...

One more thing, do you ever sleep?

Curtastrophe said...

Congrats!

Reesha said...

Wow, Nathan. I didn't know you were writing a book! Congratulations! I'm so excited for you.
Even more excited about what this means for me.

I've had a question in the back of my mind if people so involved in the publishing industry like you are could still be writers. Woohoo! They can!

And it also makes me feel better that you are coaching people through the process of publication AND you will get experience of going through it yourself.

Way to go and way to dream big!

Danielle said...

Congratulations, Nathan! :)

I'm looking forward to reading about Jacob's adventures when the book comes out.

Eric Rohr said...

I'm just happy for you, Nathan. Good job.

Tabitha said...

Congratulations!!! It's a good day for good news today - I just announced my own good news of signing with an agent! Yay!!

I love your title and premise, which promises to be funny and clever. Looking forward to reading it!

Nathan Bransford said...

Congratulations, Tabitha!

Jo Taylor said...

Good for you!

I lurk, I learn, I am truly happy for you. I swear I've thought after reading your posts, "He should write a book . . ."

Can't wait to BUY it!

Vipul said...

Congratulations Nathan! I was just thinking the other day about how excellent the writing is in your blog, and how it's made me want to try a more humorous and less serious type voice for my next book. Hope the process is as smooth as it can be!

D. G. Hudson said...

Well, congrats to you, Nathan. Well done. Didn't think you had owned up to being a writer before.

It does give one pause that you are now one of the competition. I'm hoping your blog doesn't tranform into your marketing tool, and keeps offering the type of information we're used to.

Just keep the 'plugs' short and sweet if you have to pimp your book every now and then.

Hope you will continue to look for new writers as you have indicated. (isn't this like insider trading -- just in the book industry??) Just kidding.

Rachel said...

Wow! That is amazingly cool. I'm very happy for you!

Regan Leigh said...

I don't have time to read all your comments. (I have to do my "real" job.) BUT I wanted to say a huge congratulations. That is wonderful!

Amalia T. said...

Congratulations! It sounds like it's going to be a great book!

Michelle Moran said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! I cannot wait to pre-order my copy!

Robena Grant said...

Fabulous! Congratulations, Nathan.

It will be great to hitch a ride on your bus and travel along with you as you move from the agent to the bookshelf stage.

Anita Saxena said...

CONGRATULATIONS!
I look forward to reading your blog wit on a daily basis. Can't wait to read the book!

Ray Rhamey said...

A hearty WOOT! for you, Nathan.

HelenK said...

So very cool!

Congratulations.

Steve Axelrod said...

Congratulations! You already knew your style was contagious. Can't wait to see it between hard covers.

Stefanie said...

Grats on the book deal Nathan! Best of luck with it!

Andrea Cremer said...

Yay, Nathan! Hey, we share an agency. I'm also with Inkwell (Charlie Olsen and Richard Pine). So cool :)

Can't wait for the book!

wordver: drotest - protest by way of drawings

PV Lundqvist said...

Happy Happy!

David said...

Congrats, Nathan. Your blog has long proven that you're a great writer, and I've wondered if you had some fiction in you.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations! It's only slightly infuriating that your novel is just a fun side project. That's okay, though. Sounds like something my third grade boys would love. (I'm a teacher.) I can't wait for release day!

Dana Fredsti said...

WOOT! Huge congrats, Nathan!
I expect at least a LITTLE shameless self-promotion...

TERI REES WANG said...

I still think it is extremely brave of you to continue to pursue more than one passion in the same arena!

Going through this process, all the way through, will make you that much better at your day job; I'm sure.

Your success is our success, so keep it coming!
Cheers!

TLAstle said...

So awesome! And CONGRATULATIONS!!

pjd said...

Hey! Congratulations! I have been a little busy lately but saw this through Stuart Neville's facebook status. Great news. Love to buy you a beer to celebrate... some time after early October.

Tamara Hart Heiner said...

It does explain why you're so sentimental and sympathetic. That's good to know that you actually know what it's like. Congrats on your book deal!

And of course we expect you to use your blog to shamelessly promote yourself!

Rick Daley said...

Sounds like a fun read, I'll have to mix up a Pan-Galactic Gargle Blaster and cozy up with it once I have the chance!

Congrats, you deserve success for all that you do.

WORD VERIFICATION: prono. A dyslexic vulgarity.

Sandra said...

Congratulations!

Oz said...

WOW, that was a shock! Can I go and take a lie down now??
Congrats Nathan!!

bryngreenwood said...

Does this mean anonymous posters no longer get to talk about how you don't respect Writers? Because that's really going to take the wind out of their sails.

Congrats!!

L.A. said...

Coming out of lurking to say this is AWESOME. Congrats. I, too, love your hilarious FAQ. And, BTW, it's clear from your blog entries that you're a writer. Can't wait to read the book.

onefinemess said...

Wow, didn't see that coming.
Congrats you lucky (and hard working, and probably deserving) bastard ;).

jill said...

congrats! The synopsis sounds like fun.

alisonwells said...

This is wonderful news and after you wooed so many hearts last week with your appreciation of unpublished writers you are sure to have established a loyal and smitten following who will buy this book and all to come. (A cynical marketing ploy....?) of course not, we would never think that of you! Well done.

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