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Advice from the blogosphere...

I just read a recent post by an agent agentobscura in which she recounts some excellent advice to authors who blog. She credits "the fabulous Elisabeth Wilhelm" with writing the list of suggestions. Said Elizabeth appears to be an assistant at her agency, and an aspiring author. I found the list useful, even if some items involve specific references to their agency. I was fascinated by the concept of an aspiring author working for a literary agent. It sounds to me just a bit like a matchmaker hiring a single woman as an assistant--well, maybe not that much. After all, only someone who loves books could succeed at a literary agency. This would tend to skew the job applicant pool toward writers anyway. Still, I wonder if it's common?

I particularly liked item #3 on the list. Item #4 was good, too, but I do wish there was more info on the "how to." I can see where it's smart to use the technology, I just don't know how!

But I'm trying.

[Note: Bad news! The agent in question has removed most of the content of her blog. The only post left is this recent one where she explains she is making her blog content into an ebook to sell for charity.]

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Aug. 5th, 2007 07:55 am (UTC)
Here I am, egoogling myself to find things I got published online but don't remember where, and I come across your entry./

I can tell you, it was an intriguing dynamic. I'd go to class, learn how horrible my writing is (but feel good about it), then go to the agency, dive through the slushpile, and see how horrible the writing there is, and somehow I got smarter about the business and the writing and publishing process.

I'm grateful for the opportunities Nadia offered me. They were truly eye-opening.
Aug. 5th, 2007 03:07 pm (UTC)
I'm always amazed at how the book publishing biz is so much like a small town. Everyone seems to know everyone else. At the same time, a bunch of folks doing more prosaic work seem to want to be writers. I recently blogged about a GalleyCat item where a woman who worked as a contract specialist was just getting published as a novelist.

Hope my post was good news, not bad. Google has changed the world.

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