9 must-read blogs for writers, by agents and editors

Continuing in this bloggy roundup, we’re moving on to those run by literary agents and editors. These tend to focus more on publishing insights, the business side of the writing coin. Check these out for query tips, industry updates, and discover that agents and editors are human, too!

1. Writer Unboxed – Yes. This was included in the first list, but that’s because it has several agent and editor contributors alongside the authors. Donald Maass and Jane Friedman are two who have their say hear, and are well-worth listening to.

2. Guide to Literary Agents – Run by editor Chuck Sambuchino, this blog has numerous guest posts that include authors, agents, and editors. Plus, be sure to check out the Guide to Literary Agents yearly publication for even more publishing resources.

3. Rants & Ramblings: On Life as a Literary Agent – In turns charming, educational, and fun, agent Rachelle Gardner runs this blog where she provides a fresh, helpful perspective on the industry.

4. QueryShark – Gird up your loins here, folks. This blog isn’t for the faint of heart. QueryShark focuses on how to write query letters … or, “how to revise query letters so they actually work.” The often harsh, but necessary, criticism launched against submitted queries is both hilarious and helpful.

5. Pub Rants – A very nice literary agent indulges in polite rants about queries, writers, and the publishing industry. Agent Kristin Nelson is personable and reveals a lot about what goes on in an agency, day-to-day.

6. Janet Reid, Literary Agent – Contests! Photos! Lots of fun industry stories from conventions, author events, and more. Great to read through for both the personal touch and business insights.

7. BookEnds, LLC – A literary agency blog that covers everything from query letters to author marketing to book contracts to…well, let’s just go with everything.

8. Miss Snark – Yes, this blog hasn’t been updated in several years. You should still take the time to read it. Not only for the hysterical snarkiness (hence the name) but also because of the treasure-trove of publishing and writing advice you’ll find. It might take you weeks to get through it all, but it’ll be worth it. Trust me.

9. Nathan Bransford – Quick caveat to note that Bransford is no longer a literary agent, and is now focusing on his own books while working another day job. Still, this blog has a lot of solid material in the archives, and he continues to focus on book news, does the occasional page and query critique, and is otherwise an all-around great guy.

Recognize any of these? Have others you’d like to share? Where do you go for publishing advice?

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