Wednesday, January 3, 2007

New Year's Resolution

I've been reading blogs, and selling blog authors, for at least the last three years. Every year I promise I'll start one and then never get around to it.

But this year I mean it. So here I am.

Why did I start this blog? Certainly I have more than enough to read, and hundreds of emails to answer to every day.

But I've kept a journal since I was 17, and daily writing is something I'm used to (I'm a former newspaper writer and editor too).

Most of the blogs by literary agents are by those starting out in the business, and I'm so glad to read them. But not all agents are the same, and I'm afraid that the public face of agents on the internet is skewered to the new (my associate, Jenny Rappaport,, has a blog) and I think it's important for writers (and editors and even other agents) to get a feel for what an agent in mid-career might be looking for and thinking. So here I am.

Here is what you can expect from me:.

I will try to write every work-day, most likely in the morning, and will let you know when I'm heading out of town, and not posting.

I will not write over the weekend.

I will not write about the details of my clients' deals, but I will share their experiences in general.

I will be commenting on things that happen in the publishing industry and/or New York City.

I am not taking queries on this blog. Email them to

You can ask me questions about the business, my experiences, and my opinions.


Jodi Meadows said...

Jenny sent the masses over to say hi!

Welcome to the land of crazy bloggers. We're so happy to have you. I'm really looking forward to reading your posts.

FYI, your blog is syndicated to livejournal at this address:

(agentinthemiddle was too long by one letter. *rolls eyes*)

Anonymous said...

Welcome aboard the blogging world! Can't wait to hear what you have to say. :)

s.w. vaughn said...

Oh, hooray! Welcome to da blogs. (I came over here from Jenny). Nice to meet you, Lori!

I love all these insights into publishing. I've already learned something new -- there are seven major publishers. For some reason I've been thinking five all this time. Seven is better... that's two more shots!

I shall link to you forthwith. :-)

Anonymous said...

Welcome to Blogland and I wish you all success.

Unfortunately the colour template you have chosen does not please my PC and I can't really read it, so I will not be a regular visitor. The PC is like me, getting old and tired.:)

Bernita said...

Thank you.
Even though you do not represent my kitchen-sink genre, delighted that you are blogging.

Sabrina Favors said...

Starting up a blogspot was on my list of resolutions as well, but I currently live among the masses of unpublished writers.

I look forward to seeing what more I can learn about agents and the publishing business through your blog. Nice to meet you.

BernardL said...

Jordan Summers mentioned you on her blog, and your concept sounds really interesting. I look forward to reading more of your outlook on the business.

Rashenbo said...

Yay! Welcome to the blogosphere. Another place for us obsessive writers to lurk.

Ravenous Romance said...

Is this lighter lavendar any better?

I just don't want to do black and white and purple is a color I'm fond of.


Anonymous said...

The lighter lavender is better. Thanks!