Nathan Bransford: Literary Agent and Author

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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...

Jan
11
2016

How not to write a novel

Nathan here. I first met my friend Julia Forster a decade ago when we were assistants to two US and UK agents who worked closely together. She's now an accomplished author, and her novel What a Way to...

Jan
06
2016

Jacob Wonderbar for President of the Universe resembles... the 2016 American Presidential Election

When I wrote Jacob Wonderbar for President of the Universe in 2009-2010, I definitely tried to weave in some political satire that would resonate with kids who have to listen when their parents watch ...