Saturday, May 28, 2011

100 sites for fiction writers: #3 - Nathan Bransford blog

This is an ongoing series looking at websites that can be of help to fiction writers with their craft and career.

Nathan Bransford, author

Jacob Wonderbar and the Cosmic Space KapowNathan Bransford knows books. Once upon a time he was a literary agent for the Curtis Brown, Ltd. agency. More recently he has become an author himself, having penned the young-adult space fantasy novel Jacob Wonderbar and the Cosmic Space Kapow, a tale of a young Jacob Wonderbar who discovers a crashed spaceship and then goes on adventures with his friends in the ship. Bransford also is a publishing professional in the technology field with Cnet.

All of that adds up to quit a bit of experience.

And that experience is just one of the reasons you, a budding writer, should probably be checking out Nathan's blog on a regular basis.

But Nathan Bransford's blog is not full of posts upon posts about himself. Not at all. His posts mostly focus upon news within the book publishing industry, with a strong lean towards fiction.

Best of all, most Fridays there is a post that gathers all the major news of the week. If nothing else, beginning writers should go over to the blog every Friday afternoon to catch up on the recent big events in publishing, and with changes in technology and the economy it seems of late there are always lots of things going on in publishing.

But Nathan's blog does not stop there. On the lefthand side of the blog is a links list titled "Essentials of Publishing." Below this title are a dozen or so links that should be of interest. If you're starting out as a fiction writer, you could do much worse than checking out these links and studying the advice offered.

Still, there's even more at this blog.

For instance, there are loads more links to professional authors and others within the industry, links that can be of help in many ways as well as just being interesting.

There are also forums. Yep, Nathan Bransford has his own forums. And they are quite lively. So lively, in fact, Nathan commonly plugs some of the forum's conversations in his Friday post about publishing news.

All in all, this is a solid blog about book publishing with a focus mainly upon fiction. Check it out to learn more, and remember to follow those Friday postings.


Jason M Waltz said...

I enjoy Nathan's blog...when I have time.

Anonymous said...

I like his blog, but his book looks retarded. The exact reason why most agents can't write. Strange.