I have to hand it to my compatriots, this has been a really stellar week in the literary agent blogosphere. I was saving all sorts of posts for tomorrow’s This Week in Publishing, but there are so many good agent blog posts this week I thought I’d do one roundup.
First up, there’s a new agent in the blogosphere, so let’s all give her a warm welcome and crash her Inbox with query letters!! (just kidding — give her some time to catch her breath). Colleen Lindsay is a new agent with FinePrint, and she has a blog called The Swivet, which is rapidly becoming, nay, is already a must read.
Fellow rhetorical question warrior Jonathan Lyons has a list of his pet peeves, in which he joins the noble fight against queries beginning with rhetorical questions, and he also has a great post on the fact that vampires are not, in fact, dead, and what agents and editors usually mean by pleas of “no more vampires” is that they don’t want unoriginal takes on the genre.
Over at BookEnds, they’re well into their next first-100-words contest, and this one is erotica so… well, I know I’m blushing. They also have a post discussing the types of projects that would be appealing to a book packager, and whether you should first seek an agent.
Following up on her post about how advances work, Jennifer Jackson of the Donald Maass Literary Agency has still more great information on how royalties work. If you want a great nuts and bolts breakdown, check it out.
Janet Reid has a seriously awesome list of words that automatically raise the bar on whether an agent will request your work, as in, it had better be really incredibly good because we see these things so much.
I have to say, this is such a great time to be an aspiring author. Never before in the history of the written word has so much information about the publishing industry and agenting been so readily available to authors. Make sure you’re absorbing the wealth of information that is now available, because with greater ease of access to information comes higher expectations that authors will take advantage of it.