Most writers can benefit in all sorts of ways from having a good agent: agents make sure that their clients’ work gets seen by the very best publishers, and they negotiate contracts which squeeze out every last drop of value for their clients.
Many agents have websites and blogs, and here are links to several. This is by no means an exhaustive list as the Writer’s Handbook (and other similar guides) already do that so much better than I could. These are the places that I find the most readable, informative and fun. Do please let me know if any of the links are broken, so that I can correct them; and if you know of a particularly useful and informative agent website or blog do please tell me about it so that we can keep this list as up-to-date as possible.
Andrew Lownie is a London-based literary agent with a preference for non-fiction, and his website has a good list of articles and opinion-pieces of interest to writers. Subscribe to Andrew’s newsletter: it’s consistently informative and funny.
Blake Friedmann represents fiction and non-fiction writers, screenwriters, and a few playwrights, directors and producers. It has an excellent reputation, and a history of making strong sales for its clients. You can follow Carole Blake on Twitter, where her user-name is @caroleagent.
Nathan Bransford blogs frequently and is very well-regarded. He’s an agent with Curtis Brown in San Francisco.
The Rejecter: a blog written by an anonymous assistant at a literary agency.
Miss Snark was a much-loved, but incognito, New York-based literary agent who stopped blogging in 2007. Her blog remains available, and is well worth reading. And no, I don’t know who she was.