Advice from an Agent

I don't write many posts on the nuts and bolts of publishing. I used to do a lot of that work in my former life as the executive director of Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance (so long ago). And these days there's so much good advice on the Internet from professionals who know a lot more than I ever will. For instance, I stumbled on agent Rachelle Gardiner's blog the other day and, despite my best intentions, spent a fair amount of time reading her bracingly candid posts on all sorts of difficult subjects. I'd caution against trusting too much on any Internet source (when in doubt, I always ask my own agent), but the truth is there are now lots of reputable agents and other marketing professionals who are candidly writing and commenting online on this bizarre business of ours.