Nathan Bransford: Literary Agent and Author

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May
18
2016

The quest

One of the most interesting things about novels is the extent to which the very thing a novel is about -- a quest -- is also the thing that best describes the writing of the novel itself.Our character...

May
16
2016

What are your favorite action scenes in literature?

A great action scene is so much more than just an exciting moment in a novel. They're great because we're invested in the outcome, hanging on the edge of our seat, hoping our favorite characters survi...

Apr
25
2016

YALLWEST!!

I'm psyched to be making the trip west this weekend for YALLWEST, a fantastic festival in Santa Monica featuring some of the best YA authors on the planet. If you're in the Los Angeles area, I highly ...

Apr
06
2016

Moneyball for book publishers

Way back in 2007, I wrote about what I called the "holy grail" of book publishing: the blockbuster detector. Inspired by both The Wisdom of Crowds and Moneyball, I wondered about the possibility ...

Mar
15
2016

8th Annual Blog Bracket Challenge!

It's mid-March, and you know what that means. Our 8th! Annual! Blog bracket challenge!!Who is the greatest literary bracket prognosticator of them all?We'll see. It's probably not me. In fact it's pro...

Feb
01
2016

How to find and work with a freelance editor

Nathan here! My good friend Christine Pride is a talented freelance editor who has worked for Random House and Hyperion and edited eight NY Times bestselling books. Oh, and I also hired her to edit my...