Nathan Bransford, Author


Friday, November 5, 2010

Transition

It’s with a huge mix of emotions (insert: wonderment, excitement, sadness, nostalgia) that I let you know that this is my last day as a literary agent. I am leaving the world of publishing to work at the tech news/review site CNET, where I will be helping to coordinate social media strategy. I’m extremely excited about this new challenge and opportunity (particularly since I’ve been such a fan of CNET over the years), though I will be sad that I'll no longer be working with my amazing clients and colleagues. It has been truly incredible to work with my clients, who are so inspiring and amazing and I know are destined for very fruitful careers. I am leaving them in supremely capable hands, and I will continue to be fans of their work long into the future.

But! The blog and Forums will live on. The topics will change just a bit as I will no longer be in the query trenches, but I still plan to continue to post about writing, books, and whatever strikes my fancy (monkeys) and hope you’ll stick around for the next phase in the blog’s evolution. One thing that has not changed and will not change is my passion for books and writing and I hope this will continue to be a friendly place where writers come together to talk writing and help each other out. This has become such an amazing, positive community thanks to you, and I feel honored to be a part of it.

Let me also say that I have not lost my optimism about the future of books. I really do believe that the present and future is great. Heck, I wouldn’t be spending so much time writing books if I thought all hope was lost. This is more about me being excited about this new opportunity and being very passionate about social media than it is about the current state or future of publishing.

These last few weeks have been a whirlwind, and I wish I could have taken each and every one of you out for a beer to say thanks and tell you in person. Very sorry if I haven’t had the chance to notify you personally. But this isn’t goodbye! See you here on Monday.






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Other Lisa said...

I would be first.

Lorelei Armstrong said...

Best wishes and many thanks!

Travis Erwin said...

I wish you the best of luck Nathan. Thanks for all you've done for all we wannabe writers.

Ella Drake said...

Good luck & I'll follow your latest adventures!

J. said...

Good luck! I will now consider my Query from a couple weeks ago to fall into "Not right for me" category. :o)

Debra L Martin said...

Nathan,

I wish you the best of luck as you transition to your new position. I'm glad you'll still be blogging - have enjoyed your posts over the years.

Deb

Tiana Smith said...

Wow, congratulations and best of luck! I'll still look forward to your posts and I think you'll be great over at CNET doing social media.

Stacey Graham said...

Best of luck, Nathan!

Amanda said...

Good luck Nathan! CNET is lucky to have you! I'll be looking for you there.

Pamala Knight said...

Congratulations on your new adventure, Nathan! Good luck and thanks for everything.

swampfox said...

Whoah, talk about laying down a bomb. But I am relieved to know that this blog will continue. Thanks for that, Nathan. I am glad my word verification didn't apply to your blog post. SPENT

Terry Odell said...

The very best to you. Looking forward to following the changes.

Terry
Terry's Place
Romance with a Twist--of Mystery

Chris Eldin said...

You have a big heart and an even bigger passion for embracing the positive. I wish you every success, and want to thank you for everything you've done to help writers achieve their dreams.

Allison M. Dickson said...

My best wishes to you, Nathan. I'm a fan and will continue to be, as I am also a CNET fan.

JohnO said...

Wow, I did not see this coming. Congratulations on the next chapter, Nathan! Your blog is one gigantic karmic university/public service/water cooler/piazza/plenty of other good stuff to writers, and I for one thank you for all the effort over the years.

Chase Holland said...

Geez Nathan, this is a shock! I am really happy for you and very, very happy you are keeping with the blog. I visit once or twice a day, and love reading your posts. Good luck with everything (though you won't need it)!

Sincerely,
Chase

PS: From the bottom of my heart, thank you for all the great advice you give fellow writers. It is absolutely priceless. You give more than advice, you give hope.

Pam Stucky said...

A new adventure!! All the best to you!

Krista V. said...

Wow. I wasn't expecting this. Best of luck, Nathan, in your new pursuits!

Camels & Chocolate said...

Wow, this is crazy, Nathan, but amazing! Scott's a huge fan of CNET. (I, on the other hand, am tech illiterate.) Good luck at the new gig!

goddesstriad said...

Best of luck to you as you take on fresh, new challenges. We all need them. I'm glad you'll still be talking about books and things on occasion.

redscylla said...

Good luck, Nathan. (And I'm totally looking forward to more posts about monkeys!)

Stephanie McGee said...

Good luck with everything!

Jill Kemerer said...

Your blog has been a source of information, encouragement, and fun. Thank you for sharing with us, and best wishes on your new career!

Nothing But Bonfires said...

So excited about this next big phase of your life! You're going to rock at it.

Ericka Clay said...

Wish you all the best!

Daryl Sedore said...

Wow.

Today, publishing takes a shot to the gut.

Losing a classy, decent man like Nathan can't be good for publishing. Oh, I know, it will live on, it'll just be weaker.

Good luck and I wish you the best!

Thanks for all your help along the way. (So far)

Daryl

abc said...

Ohmygoodness! Crazy and exciting! Very cool for you to have this opportunity, but at the same time, I can't help but feel a sense of loss. My future as a Nathan Bransford client is even more impossible than it was before! Well, as I learn so often, it isn't all about me.

Congratulations, Nathan! And thank you so so so much for planning to continue this blog.

(And I wondered whey the little typed paper no just said "author").

Sierra McConnell said...

I kinda saw it coming when your typewriter changed the other day... XD

Good luck out there on CNET!

[Strikes name from list and brings total of queriable agents down to three...]

Darn.

Erika Robuck said...

How exciting! I'm so happy for you, and can't thank you enough for all of the free wisdom you've imparted on this blog for years. Please keep us in the loop, and best of luck to you in all that you do.

educlaytion.com said...

Congrats on an exciting opportunity. I'd wish you luck if I believed in it, but you are gonna succeed no matter what you do.
You remain the only literary blog on My Yahoo homepage. Have a great weekend.

Ermo said...

Good Luck Nathan! I guess I'll mark you off the top of my desired agents list. I hope CNET is everything you want it to be. They're lucky to have you.

Ganz-1 said...

Good luck with your new job and thank you for all the insight! See you on Monday!

your fan from Malaysia.

Arief Zainal

PS: Will you still be doing the page critique Friday?

Joy said...

Wow, you will be missed. So thankful the blog will still be here. Congratulations!

Nate Wilson said...

Congratulations and best of luck at the new position!

I must admit I (selfishly) feel better about your transition knowing that not only will you still be blogging, but you'll also be helping CNET reach a more respectable level of monkey references.

Julia said...

Best wishes, Nathan! CNET is lucky to have you. It's a loss for publishing industry, I am sure. I hope you continue your blog and am looking forward to insights into social networking.

hannah said...

Wow, Nathan! I hope your new job suits you well, and I'm glad you'll be sticking around to talk to us--especially since now you're just a writer plebe like the rest of us ;)

Sheila Lamb said...

Wishing you all the best!

Jeannie Moon said...

Good luck!

Denise K. Rago said...

You will be missed!

abc said...

P.P.S. I am not drunk. I just sometimes type faster than I think (see previous P.S.). Also, my word verification was Bring. But wouldn't it be more fun if it was Bring IT!

Keep bringing it, Nathan Bransford.

Anonymous said...

Oh no! Fear. Worry. Abandonment issues.
OF course, I knew (we all had to)that this day was coming.
But, dang, Nathan, we've been sitting at your feet and who could ever replace you?
I wish you the very, very best.
I also feel like my Nate Dogg is moving away. Tears, brother Nathan, tears.

kellye said...

Wow, Nathan. Congrats on your new opportunity. It sounds fun, interesting and challenging. And I'm so glad you'll still be around, like here, and have not lost your optimism about books! Good luck!

sue laybourn said...

I wish you all the best. Thank you for taking the time to pass on your knowledge about publishing. I know if I hadn't found your blog, I would've never found AW and never found the brilliant friends I've made there.

Good luck for your new career.

Paul Neuhardt said...

First, congratulations and good luck to you.

Second, and I quote myself when I first read your post, "AHHHHHHHH!"

You see, I already had you pegged as one of the first agents I would query when I finished up my first novel. I have no ideas or fantasies that you would have agreed to represent me, but I know I wanted to send that query to you.

Oh well. Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans. Again, good luck to you.

Elyssa Papa said...

Congratulations!!!! I wish you all the best at the new job.

At first I thought you were going to announce that you were going to be on a rocket operated by space monkeys (total sadness that this is not it). ;)

So glad you are continuing the blog though. I can't even begin to tell you how much this blog helped me when I first started out and continues to do so now.

Best of luck!

Anonymous said...

strategy huh? youre the man - you have great internet presence - break a leg x

Paul Greci said...

Congrats Nathan. And best wishes to you on the next part of your journey in life. I look forward to hearing all about it.
Cheers!!

Yat-Yee said...

Wow is my reaction as well. Your excitement is so contagious, I want to be a part of social media strategy (even though I have less than no clue about any of it).

Thanks for being the generous, more than civil voice so far.

I wish you great things!

Stephanie Garber said...

I'm happy for you Nathan! I hope you love your new job!
And thanks so much for keeping this blog going! For the last year I have been reading it and it has been such a help and encouragement to me! I love your posts and your contests, and I am glad that even though it will be a little different it will still be here.

Thanks Nathan and best wishes!

Thermocline said...

Congratulations on your new job and thank you soooo much for all you have done to help aspiring writers like me over the last few years. I truly appreciate the encouragement and information you've shared on this blog.

LizzieKFoley said...

I'm delighted for you.

Ted Cross said...

We are losing the agent who seemed to be most at home in the modern electronic age. I wish you the best, though I do so sadly. No other agent blog came close to doing what yours did for us.

Davy DeGreeff said...

So...does this mean I won't be hearing back on my query?

Julie Weathers said...

Wow. I'm shocked, but also pleased for this wonderful opportunity. Good luck in your new endeavors.

Michelle said...

Natan, you're blog has been a gift to writers, and I'm sure that won't change. Thanks for helping me land an agent with your words of wisdom! Best wishes in your new adventure!

Anonymous said...

Wow! (jaw hanging open) Best of luck, and way to go for exploring your many, varied talents!

Michelle Davidson Argyle said...

Good luck and congrats on your new position!

DG said...

Man, didn't see that coming.

Best of luck to you Nathan.

My day was never complete until I'd read your blog. Some days when you'd post late, a little voice in the back of my head would remind me to check back hourly until I'd read what you'd posted.

Your advice, humor, and passion for reading and writing well, was lost on no one.

See you on Monday.

Why do I feel like I'm signing a high school yearbook?

Anita Saxena said...

I love CNET. Congratulations on the new opportunity. So glad you are not leaving us permanently.

Kathryn said...

Wow, this seems very sudden. Like everyone else, though, I wish you luck in your new endeavors. It'll be sad to remove you from the list of potential agents to query, but I'm glad that you'll still be blogging. I'm sure that you'll knock 'em dead at your new job!

Joann Swanson said...

I count on CNET to buy my tech and I've counted on you to give me the straight dope on the world of publishing and writing. Two fabulous worlds colliding. CONGRATULATIONS and I can't wait to see the next evolution of your blog. Thank you for everything, Nathan.

Steve Masover said...

Lucky CNET. And to think I just queried you the day before yesterday ... Best of luck, Nathan. Hard to imagine who might step up to fill your shoes in the agent-centric blogosphere.

StaceyW said...

Congratulations! I'll miss your posts on agent-ing, but you've already offered so much great advice, and I'm sure your blog will remain one of the best ones out there on writing and publishing.

Best of luck in your new role!

ARJules said...

I said this on twitter, but let me just reiterate:

I'm sad to see you leave the publishing world. However, knowing how it feels to embark on a new life, I am excited for you and what is to come. I know that you will have great success in your future adventures. I will, of course, still read your blog religiously. So I will be "seeing" you on Monday.

Good luck!

The Rejectionist said...

Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Melissa J. Cunningham said...

Wow! Change is so hard, yet so exciting! I wish you the best of luck and may the stars shine brightly before you!

Anonymous said...

I sure hate to see you go, but I'm sure you'll have a blast at CNET. Congratulations on the new position! Thanks for all your help and insights...they've been invaluable!

Mark Terry said...

Sounds like fun. Good luck.

And you might not believe it, but word verification is: mucas

Kristy Colley said...

Wow.

. . . Good luck and all, but I feel like I just watched the last episode of FRIENDS or Seinfeld all over again.

Anonymous said...

Wow. I guess I am as stunned as everyone else, but my first thought was: No more great blog and critique forums??? I am relieved and grateful that the blog and forums will continue, and that I can continue "liking" you on Facebook. Best of luck at CNET! We all need change.

Maya said...

Hi Nathan,

This was a shock to me too. You've become a rock to many of us in the trenches. We'll miss you SO MUCH [as an agent].

Still, I understand the need to change and grow. Best of luck to you at your new job. I hope the blog will stay of interest to us, and I'm sure the forums will continue.

Thanks so much for your contributions. You've done so much to educate us about the literary biz!

Fondly,
Maya

Scott said...

Congrats, and thanks for the blog-- it really has helped a lot of people immeasurably, me included.

I look forward to future posts on tech subjects, more authorish posts since that's what your nameplate on the blog says now, and awesomeness for years to come!

dwkazzie said...

Congrats on the new gig. And thanks for all the work on this blog. When I talk to other new writers looking for advice, this is one of the first places I send them.

tammi sauer said...

Best wishes to you, Nathan.

Avery June said...

Congratulations! That's great that you're beginning a new chapter. How exciting. I'm so happy that you're still planning on sharing what's on your mind. I've become far more enamored of your voice than the dissection of the query letter, which is what brought me to your blog.

Mira said...

Congratulations, Nathan. I hope this new job allows you to develop and grow. Social media is such a forte for you - CNET is very, very lucky!

I have to admit to some disappointment for the rest of us, though. Sad that publishing is losing such leadership.

But I know whereever you go, you'll make a difference! Very best of luck to you!

Erica Woolridge said...

Wow, congratulations! Best of luck, now I'm off to look up CNET... the info on your blog will continue to help writers for a long time to come :)

K. Marie Criddle said...

I know I've said it a million times before, Nathan, but you're an amazing guy and will succeed ridiculously well in all your ventures from here on out. Again and as always, thank you for everything!

Anonymous said...

In the last couple months, three of the agent bloggers I follow have quit agenting. They all say it's not because of the state of publishing, but it's suspicious all the same.

Good luck to you, and good luck to us, too...

Joseph L. Selby said...

Good luck at CNET!

Myrna Foster said...

Thank you for writing "The Essentials" and so many other posts that I could enjoy and learn from. Congratulations on your change in direction. It will be interesting to see how things change around here.

Sommer said...

Wow, I just pulled Twitter up on my phone and the first message there was from GalleyCat saying you were moving to work with CNET. I was in shock! I had to see for myself.

I want to thank you for everything you've done for us. You've been an amazing source of advice, comfort, and optimism and you have no idea how relieved I am that you'll still be here, in one form or another. Your forums have been a wonderful place for me to find really great writing friends and I can't wait to see what is in store for us all in the future.

Good luck Nathan!

Sara said...

Congratulations! Career changes are so exciting and scary. When you walk into your new office, remember that it takes three months to stop panicking in a new job, and six to feel like you're really starting to add value. :)

Thank you for all the time and energy you've devoted to helping aspiring writers. Your amazing (and infectious!) positivity is truly a bright spot in this industry - and any industry! In a time where snark and sarcasm seek to garner more attention, it's courageous and awesome that you stay bright and positive :)

KristywithaK said...

Wow, I literally just found your blog today and now you're leaving (so to speak)!!

Congratulations on opening the next chapter of your life!

Tracy Hahn-Burkett said...

Wow! Congratulations, Nathan, and thank you for all the wisdom you've passed on to us for so long. And THANK YOU for keeping the blog alive even as you move into the next phase of your career!

Steven Cordero said...

Congratulations & good luck, Nathan. Glad the blog will continue.

Charles said...

CNET is the lucky one!
Thanks, thanks and thanks again.

Angela Ackerman said...

Thank you so much for all you have done, Nathan. You have always given your knowledge so generously and freely, and the publishing world will not be the same without you! Best of luck on this new move and I hope success follow you wherever you go. :)

Angela @ The Bookshelf Muse

Daisy Harris said...

Congrats and good luck! Many many thanks. This blog is awesome!!

Rick Daley said...

Good luck, I know you'll do well over there.

I'm looking forward to reading JACOB WONDERBAR for my kids next spring.

WORD VERIFICATION: polagal. A girl from the polar region, as described by a New Englander.

JoAnn said...

Awww, now that I just found you! Only kidding. I've really enjoyed your blogs and insights and wish you all the best in your new venture!
I'm sure you'll manage to keep the wannabe writers motivated...cuz you're just that kind of guy.
Thanks,
JoAnn

Claudia Putnam said...

Uh-oh. You might have to say good things about Microsoft once in a while... :D Best wishes.

dan radke said...

I DIDN'T WANT TO QUERY YOU ANYWAY.

M.J.A. Ware said...
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Gwen Stickle said...

Congradulations and good luck. We will all miss you, though. Thanks for all the advice over the years.

M.J.A. Ware said...

Oh, now I know why you've been so backed up on your slush.

I never got a chance to get my R from you. Oh, Well! Best of luck!

JimCripps said...

This didn't make my day, for you were number one on my list for query submission. Guess I'll go to my number two...

Good luck on your new endeavor, and will look forward to what I suppose will be a new blog at CNET.

pensees said...

Best of luck to you in the next phase of your career. You have touched many people with this blog, with your humility, your sense of humor, with your honesty...

Thank you for what you've done for the writing communuity so far. You're a rock star. All my best to you and your family!

Cyndi

Sandra said...

How exciting for you! Best of luck with your new phase in life.

Other Lisa said...

There are so many things I want to say that I had to write a post about it, but what I do want to say here, beyond that I posted first ;) -- is once again, thank you. And all my best wishes and hearty congratulations too!

And bourbon. Lots of bourbon.

Heather Wright said...

All the best in your new ventures. Thanks for all the help and advice on the blog.

Susan Bearman said...

Good luck in your new endeavor. Our family loves CNET. Probably a good idea that you weren't able to take everyone out for a beer. You'd be up to 47 now, broke and pretty hung over.

Have fun in the next phase.

Kwana said...

Congratulations and best of luck on your new position! I look forward to reading your new posts and view of things.

Caroline said...

Having all sorts of codependent break up angst right now.

Thank you for your invaluable advice. I feel fortunate to have found you when I did last year, and I wish you all the happiest success in your new pursuit.

CNET's a lucky duck. I'm off to have a rebound relationship with another agent's blog then break their heart.

Maren said...

Well, so much for the query letter I wrote for you last night! Good luck, Nathan. You are awesome.

Margaret Yang said...

So long, and thanks for all the fish.

Lyn Miller-Lachmann said...

Congratulations and best wishes with your new position. I look forward to your CNET commentary.

Hannah said...

Good luck, Nathan!

Kate said...

Congratulations and best wishes, Nathan! Say hi to my friend Ina at CNET!

lexcade said...

Wow... Best wishes, Nathan. Thanks for all that you've already done to help out struggling writers. You're one of the best, and I'm sure the agenting world will miss you.

Can't wait to read about your new adventures, though. Best of luck!

Dorothy Dreyer said...

Good luck, Nathan! I've learned a lot from you.

Simon Hay Soul Healer said...

Congratulations and good luck Nathan. Thanks for everything. See you on Monday.

Anonymous said...

When I landed on your blog the other day, I had to wonder what your infamous typewriter had foreshadowed for us.

Best of luck! CNET is lucky to have you.

The Huntress said...

A sad loss to the world of publishing but congratulations and good luck with all the exciting adventures ahead.

Thank you ever so much for your generosity in sharing your wisdom and being so kind as you do. I am sure you have many more fabulous learnings for us ahead. But I think it is me that should be taking you out for a celebratory bevvy!

Liz Czukas said...

Best wishes and good luck in your new position! Thank you for everything you've done for the on-line writing community. You will be missed as an agent.

- Liz

Lisa Yarde said...

Had enough, huh? One bad query too many?

Seriously, best of luck in your new career, thanks for your insight and humor on the publishing industry.

bcomet said...

Nathan,
If/when I ever get published, you'll still be in my creds and acknowledgments because you've helped me learn and grow as a writer in so many ways.

And one of the things that made you and your blog and forums stand out and me get brave(r) was how uniquely polite and civilized you have always been. This is the smartest, most well-behaved place on the internet, while still being lively as all get-out!

Thank you. You are the Best of the Best.

May Goodness Follow You Everywhere.
-bcomet

TiffanyD said...

Best of luck, and now I can comfort myself with the delusion that you recently rejected my query because you knew you were getting out of the biz! That HAD to be it, really, because my query was totally faboo, lol.

Good luck in your new ventures!

Nancy Thompson said...

My first thought was "NOOOOO!" but that is because I was looking forward to sending you my query. Alas, I will continue to poke through every last post you've ever written. CNET is very fortunate to have you. I wish you all the luck in the world. You will be terribly, terribly missed, Nathan! Can I go cry now?

BonnieA said...

All the best in you new venture--you're still bookmarked!

Layla Fiske said...

Wow! What a surprise. Nathan, I want to say a very sincere thank you for all the valuable information that you have shared with us. I am sad to see you go, but happy for your new adventure. I wish you the very best.
L.

Nova Ren Suma said...

Best of luck with the new job, Nathan, and good luck with your upcoming novel too! So many exciting things!

Lorin said...

Congratulations and best of luck in your new endeavor! CNET seems like a good place to work (from the couple of people I know there) - I imagine you will really enjoy your time there.

Peter Dudley said...

Um... wow. Congratulations. CNET is cool.

Tracy said...

Okay, so, um, disregard that query I sent you this morning. ;o)

Best of luck to you in your new endeavor, Nathan!! Knock 'em dead.

Jaime said...

Congratulations! Something tells me you'll do great things no matter where you are :)

So glad you'll stick around to entertain and help us out, though. The literary world won't be the same without you.

Heather said...

Good luck, Nathan, and thanks for all you've done to help new writers navigate the publishing industry!

wry wryter said...

Jeez Nathan...a republican sweep, MSMBC suspends Keith O...and now you my friend...drats...another agent bites the...well you know the rest.
Was it something I said?
Best of the best for you!

Daryl Sedore said it best.

WOW...publishing has taken a shot to the gut.

Ms Trite says:
May each day of your new job be as exciting as the first day, without the nervous stomach and diar....well you know the rest.

terryd said...

Congratulations and best success, Nathan! CNET is awesome, so congrats to them, as well.

I'm looking forward to hearing more about your take on this publishing/tech revolution.

Kristin Pedroja said...

Congratulations! How exciting!

I'm so grateful for your time and energy helping writers around the world become better at what we do. Many, many thank yous.

Looking forward to watching you change the world at CNET. Fantastic stuff.

sruble said...

Congratulations and good luck on your new adventure, Nathan! Thanks for all the writing news and advice!!!

Douglas Morrison said...

All the best, and thank you for all you have done for me and thousands of other would-be authors.

DougM

david elzey said...

dang, now i won't get to pitch to you my book with a climax that includes escaped circus monkeys terrorizing a small town in go-karts (among other things) but it's my fault for dragging my feet.

best of luck in CNET land!

Silicon Valley Diva said...

I was shocked when I caught otherlisa's tweet! Glad to see you'll continue blogging :-)

What an exciting opportunity, and they certainly picked the best person for the job. Congratulations & well deserved!!!

Sophia said...

Thank you so much for all the kind and helpful advice and encouragement you've posted over the years. Best of luck with this new chapter of your life!

Jen Daiker said...

Congratulations on a new and fresh start, we loved you as an agent and love your blog so the legend will live on.

You've been amazing and I'll continue to lurk and comment when I feel the timing is right.

I'm ready for the next wild ride!

Teresa Fannin said...

I'm jealous, a new adventure! Wow! You don't need luck, but I'll wish it anyway. Have a blast! It will be great to follow you on your new journey

Marilyn Peake said...

Hi, Nathan,

Wow, I had a sense this was going to happen. Last week, I thought it might happen soon, but not this soon. I’ve been following your Blog for quite some time now, and have watched it change from an intense emphasis on literary books and literary writing to a much greater emphasis on Internet technology, popular genres and your own writing. Good luck with your new career! You’ve been a great help to many writers.

Colonel said...

SO LONG, SUCKER!!!!!!!!!

kidding - wish you the best in your new career, thanks for your site.

LGardiner said...

Best wishes on your new job. Glad you're continuing the blog.

Josin L. McQuein said...

Congratulations on your new opportunity, Nathan.

I figured when the paper in your typewriter on the site's mainpage changed to just "author" something was up.

Aimee Bea said...

What? Well this is coming as quite a shock to me. But congratulations and good luck!

Heidi said...

All the best with your new job! I'll definitely keep reading, if only for the monkeys.... okay, and because you're hilarious.

R.S.J. said...

Say what? I think I just felt a shift in the universe. Good luck!

Jeff S Fischer said...

Awesome. Good luck. I'm glad you're keeping this site up. It is literally saving me a ton of money I don't have. You're the best.

Kerrie T. said...

Very cool. Congratulations!

Robert said...

That's huge. Thanks for all you've done for all of us. Best of luck in your new gig. I'm glad to hear the blog will remain.

PJ Lincoln said...

OMG, NATHAN!!

Can you say, holly career change, Batman.

CNET is a great publication. I think you will do very, very well, sir. I wonder when query withdrawl will hit you (ever?)

Did the e-book revolution have anything to do with your decision? I think as time goes by, more and more authors are going to skip the traditional system and go it alone via Kindle, Nook, etc. People like Konrath have shown the way...

Anyway, good luck, Nathan. I'm very excited for you, Dude!!

Carol Riggs said...

Well, shockers and shucky-darn. Now I'll have to change my linky on my website I guess. Many best wishes to you in your new endeavors, Nathan.

Carol Riggs said...

[ps, it does sound like you may still have helpful things for writers on this blog, so maybe I'll get to leave my linky to here on my website....]

Samantha said...

I too am feeling a sense of loss because I was SURE you were going to be my agent. You were the first person on my dream agent list. Oh well, I will have to send it to my number 2.

I wish you all the luck in the world. You are going to be awesome at anything you do.

Don't worry, we'll be back on Monday.

Anne R. Allen said...

Sob!

Wow. A life without slush. I imagine that sounds very nice right about now. But this seems to suggest dire things for the future of the agenting business. CNET is the winner in any case.

Michael Winchell said...

Wow, didn't see that coming. We (everyone who has relied on your insight) will miss you very much. Best to you, Nathan.

Tahereh said...

your brilliance has been a benefit to us all!

a million words of thanks still isn't enough.

J. R. McLemore said...

Congratulations on your new gig, Nathan.

Of course, reading this blog introduction left with the following response: "Wha--?" I mean, I've come here religiously everyday to glean from you the inner workings of the magical world of publishing, a world that I one day hope to experience by selling a novel. So, it is with a saddened heart that I receive this news as I was hoping to one day query you. Ah, well, I will just have to find other agents.

I'm happy for you and wish you all the best. I'm sure you'll be a great addition at CNET. And, I'll be back here on Monday. ;)

Kate said...

Nathan! Congratulations! Thanks so much for all the time and effort you've put in to helping us writers. I know I'm a better writer because of you and I look forward to more awesome writing tips and advice. Will you remain in San Francisco?

Anonymous said...

How. Will. We. Live?

What. Could. Ever. Replace. This Week in Publishing?

Sob!

Carol J. Garvin said...

Can't express how disappointed I am that you won't be available now that I am finally reaching the querying stage. Your column has been a wonderful source of information and encouragement and I thank you for all the help you provided. Blessings to you in your new venture. I'll look forward to reading about it here.

Anne-Marie said...

All the best to you, Nathan. Thank you for all your insight and help these past few years.

xx
AM

The Red Angel said...

Wow, this is a huge surprise. It's going to be difficult to switch around my thinking...in my thoughts you've always been: Nathan Bransford the Greatest Literary Agent.

Well I know this must be a really big step for you. I hope you like your new job. :)

~TRA

http://xtheredangelx.blogspot.com

Ishta Mercurio said...

Best wishes to you, Nathan!

Elaine AM Smith said...

Good luck with the new venture. See you Monday.
Your news before Christmas was bigger than I expected.

Julie Musil said...

I wish you the very best with your new adventure. Your blog is a constant source of information and inspiration, and I look forward to watching it evolve. Good luck!

Dave said...

Best of luck and many thanks!

Remus Shepherd said...

Huh.

Well, good luck, Nathan.

Elie said...

OMG

Jck said...

Nathan I wish you the best! I did the same thing a month ago, and moved from marketing to social media, you are going to love it! But I'm really sad I never got to query you... oh well, see you around facebook, twitter and so on...

Kathryn Packer Roberts said...

I just can't believe it! I am very sad! I'm glad that you are excited about your new career choice and that is all that matters. I'm sure you will be great!

Will you keep all the same info stored on your blog about querying, etc? I have always loved this blog and glad you are keeping it up.

Thanks for all the help you have given us!

Michelle said...

Nathan, welcome to the telecommunications industry! I've worked in telecom my entire career. And, my Uncle works at CNET. Small world.

dan radke said...

I think we're owed a final PUBLISHING THIS WEEK IN.

Paul Äertker said...

Wow. That's a shocker. Good luck to you, Nathan. And thanks for all the great advice.

Tom Bentley said...

Nathan, do you mean that ALL ALONG you've actually been a sophisticated computer program from CNET? Oh, the wailing and gnashing of teeth!

Even though you hate the Lakers, your advice has always been sage. Best wishes for your new gig!

wordswinewanderlust said...

Wow, what a surprise!
Congratulations and best of luck...and thank you so much for all the help, enthusiasm, and guidance you've provided over the years of this blog.

Kristin Laughtin said...

I'm sad in that I really hoped we'd be able to work together someday, but it sounds like you're passionate about this new avenue! Have the best of luck and I'm glad the blog will continue on. :-)

Daun said...

Good luck in your new endeavors Nathan...I've learned from you and have truly enjoyed your wisdom and direction. I wish you all the best.

Writergirl said...

I literally gasped when I read this! Best of luck in your new job. I'll definitely be sticking around.

T. Anne said...

Wow, I'm so sad! Congrats to you on your new position. I will still look forward to you blog posts, I did read that correctly, didn't I? You will still post?! I hope your future career brings you everything you're looking for. You've been such an inspiration in SO many ways. Thank you for all your hard work.

Steph Sinkhorn said...

Wow, big life changes! The very best of luck to you, Nathan. You were the very first agent blog I ever followed, and I'm definitely not going anywhere because you're going down a new road :)

Remilda Graystone said...

Drat, drat, drat! I'm happy for you, but at the same time, it's saddening to hear you're not going to be a literary agent anymore. I was planning on querying you, and was looking forward to it, but now it won't happen.

I'm so so so SO glad you'll still be blogging, though. That came as a huge relief, and minimized the sadness. Also, that you're working for CNET is cool too because I love that site, and do frequent it often.

I look forward to your posts as just an author now! I wish you the best of luck with everything!!

And THANK YOU. You've helped me tremendously, you don't even know.

Akila said...

Good luck Nathan! I'm looking forward to hearing about your future adventures.

Michael G-G said...

Thanks, and good luck in your new job. I can't wait to read "Jacob W."

Mystery Robin said...

Congratulations! The CNET spot sounds like a dream job. I spent years in high tech and loved every minute. And of course, I'm anxious for your book to come out!

Johnaskins said...

Bummer.

ryan field said...

Congratulations on your new job!

Looking forward to reading your future posts and upcoming news about your new release this spring.

Audrianna H. said...

LOL The site is crashing because so many people are trying to read this post.

I'm so happy for you! I know you'll be leaving agenting, which is a total bummer since you were at the tippy top of "My Future Agent" list, and for some reason I LOVE getting your rejections (cuz you're so darn nice!). But! I'm glad you're going to do something that you enjoy and are looking forward to!

Best of luck!

Dawn Simon said...

Congratulations, Nathan. Thank you for all you've taught us. I wish you the very best.

Susan Kaye Quinn said...

What?? Nooo! *tears*

Ok, sorry, but I had to mourn the literary community's loss of you on the team.

I'm sure you will excel at CNET and have many more interesting, cool and fun things to say, so I will certainly be back! Best of luck in the transition and I can't wait to see what future-cool things you do! *back to smiles*

Shelli said...

Best of luck with your new position. I'm glad you'll keep up the blog, because you are such a positive influence on aspiring authors such as myself.

Bryan Russell (Ink) said...

I don't have the words. But, if I did, I'm sure they'd start with "thank you".

Ariel Swan said...

OMG - I am so sad - I am tearing up. I wanted to tell you before but - your posts and your understanding and your knowledge - and your realism (in terms of the life and struggle of a writer)made me want to tell you that I love you. But I didn't - so now I will. OMG you will be missed. You were the best voice of the blogging agents out there. I never queried you - because you didn't rep my stuff - but I loved your insight. Oh...so sad. Good luck.

Matthew Rush said...

Wow. Best of luck Nathan. I'm guessing you'll be incredibly successful.

erica and christy said...

Wow. Now I'm even happier I got a chance to be on one of your page critiques! I once faced leaving a job I loved for a job that I *just might* love more. I don't regret it for a second - best choice I ever made. I hope (and believe) that will be your experience as well. Good luck!
erica (Erica75)

Jhon said...

I consider CNET one of the best in software review website, Have good time, enjoy new life on the web.


- John Devis
Magento Themes

Lovelyn said...

I read your blog all the time but never comment. I just wanted to say that I wish you the best.

J. T. Shea said...

Some thoughts:-

You'll regret this when I'm a bestselling author! MWAAHAAHAAHAA!

My jokes weren't THAT bad, were they, Nathan?

Does this mean I can put the rhetorical questions back into my draft query?

Now you'll be able to read more than one book by the same writer, even if their name isn't Tolkien...

Ariel Swan said...

I am still in disbelief - but...thank you for everything.

Hannah Jenny said...

:( I guess that means I can't pretend I might have you for an agent later ;)

seriously--I have not personally interacted with you, but you seem like an intelligent and caring individual, and I am sure you will succeed in your new career choice.

Looking forward to more blog-reading, even if it is a bit different!

IanBontems said...

Best wishes, Nathan. I'm sure you'll be a smash in your new job.

You've given me a load of great advice over the last couple of years, and for that I'm eternally grateful and wish you loads of success.

Keep us up to date with all your shenanigans.

Thanks.

Keersten said...

Thank you so much for being our friendly expert. I am excited for you and to see what new things you are up to!

Maurene J. Hinds said...

Wow. Big news! Best of luck in the new endeavor! I'll be looking forward to seeing how the blog evolves. Good to hear you'll be sticking around. And best of luck with your ongoing writing projects!

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