Nathan Bransford

At Write-Minded, our hope is that our listeners will write a book they love—and then get it published, in whatever way that might manifest. Traditional publishing is the dream of many authors, so this week’s episode is a hands-on and helpful conversation about the best way to go about finding an agent, as well as do’s and don’ts, from one of the most prolific bloggers around, agent-turned-author Nathan Bransford.


Nathan Bransford is the author of How to Write a Novel and the Jacob Wonderbar series. He was formerly a literary agent with Curtis Brown Ltd. and writes a popular blog on writing and publishing. He lives in New York City.

The Takeaway: Sleuth Your Way to the Right Agent

Make a list of your favorite 5-8 authors. Research who their agents are. You can find out through Internet searches. This is the joy of the internet, right? Sleuthing. Some list their agents on their contact page. We’ve never seen a writer who doesn’t thank their agent profusely in a book’s acknowledgements. Take notes on what other authors the agents represent. Get a sense of who they are. Poke around their agency and see if you can identify some of the more junior agents. Check out who they represent and what they’re looking for. Start making a list of possible agents you might query when you’re ready to publish.

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