Friday, September 15, 2006

Why Do Agents and Editors Blog?


Until the silly, snork-snork charge that agents and industry professional used sock puppets in their comments section, I never gave the question of why agents/editors blog any thought.

I was just pathetically and foot-kissing grateful that they do.

So why do they?

In no particular order, some possible purposes:

(1) To balance myths and misconceptions about their profession.

(2) To educate and help the protozoa in the vast pool of potential clients; out of compassion, out of frustration - in part an attempt to make their own lives easier, in large part out of a love for the written word.

(3) To attract submissions from writers in the genres they represent. The right writers, good clients, more sales, less inappropriate slush( they hope).


(4) As a marketing tool for their agency, to create an image, a profile, among their peers.

(5) As a marketing tool for their clients.

(6) Because they want a forum to bitch, whine and complain about the idiots who make their life more difficult - just like us.

(7) Because blogging is the latest, buzzy, Next thing - so why not?

(8) Because they have written/are writing a book themselves and want to create a new platform.

(9) Because they like the gregarious, collegial exchange of ideas, opinions, a sort of shop talk with a built-in audience.

(10) Because they like to write. They have an endless enthusiasm for their profession and anything about books; and blogging is a new medium of expression to share that love.

In other words, for much the same reasons writers blog.

There are many reasons why an industry professional might set up a Blogspot or other account, but for writers the result is pure, precious gold.

36 comments:

kmfrontain said...

Definitely for pushing my own work, when I started, but has since graduated to a combination of editor blog, bitching blog, posting promo for the gals on ERWF blog, and still me being me blog. There are days I cannot find time to post, or think so well of what to post, as you do here, which is always interesting and fun and don't ever stop, please. ;-)

Faith said...

As busy at they are, it's a wonder they blog at all. I have a tough time finding the time I need to blog.

Bernita said...

A reason I could not add - not being an agent or an editor - is the opportunity to meet wonderful, splendid people such "as" yourself, Karen.
Thank you.

Scott said...

One of these days I will start looking at some of those blogs. Right now I just want to get a few pieces of work written that I think publishable. With that in hand, I'll worry about those kinds of details.

Bernita said...

A constant source of admiration and amazement for me, Faith, how you do it.
Makes me feel humble at your/their productivity, and an object lesson to get one's own rear in gear.
That "fang marks on my keyboard" is a killer line!

Bernita said...

I think that is wise, Scott.
Did that myself. First I wrote the book, then I began looking for hints to improve it.

Flood said...

Yeah I have to stay away from these sites generally, too. Though I always check out Snark if you mention something interesting about her.

Bernita said...

Her archives (snarkives) are a treasure chest of common sense, Flood.

MissWrite said...

All of the above.

The only thing I personally try not to do is go on and on about my personal life. I don't mind seeing it on other sites, I just decided when I started blogging more seriously that I'd keep everything on my blog focused on something to do with writing.

I've seen the dangers and pitfalls that come with blogging about personal issues. Sometimes it works out great, sometimes it bites you in the butt.

There are enough pitfalls, and blunders when keeping the focus on the business of writing, lol. Had one writer scream at me thinking I'd written my 'prima dona' post about her... yeah, as if she were the only one, however, if one looks in the mirror and sees... oh well. LOL

I have on rare occassions gone 'personal' like when our last, precious little foal was born this summer. She was such a shock (I'd given up on momma delivering and figured it was false pregnancy) that I just had to post her picture. heehee. So happens.

Alexandra said...

You forgot, because it's cheaper than therapy, Bernita! ;-)

Robyn said...

Totally OT, Bernita, but I just read your short on WildChild. Delicious!

Bernita said...

Think people might like the occasional glimpse into a private life - the foal picture was cute, btw.

We appreciate your writing posts, Tami, we lust for editor's and agent's opinions.

The prima donna screamer reaction reminds me why agents and editors always emphasize "it's not about YOU!"
And one does not need to be an A/E to get that reaction either, I've learned.

Hee, Alexandra.A very practical alternative, I suppose.

To be serious,I imagine I left it out because I dislike the idea that people involved in the industry are somehow mentally unbalanced and personally have little patience with the oft-repeated suggestion that writers must have some sort of emotional disturbance or else they are not "real writers."

Bernita said...

~beams~
Thank you, Robyn!

Jaye Wells said...

I admit I love agent and editor blogs. Makes them feel a little more human and accessible. Plus you get an idea of their likes and dislikes.

James Goodman said...

I won't pretend to know their motives or even guess, but I do know that I'm glad they do. :D

December Quinn said...

Agree 100%. I'm incredibly grateful they do it, is all I know. I always feel like I know a million things more about the industry when I read them.

Bernita said...

Blogger is really pissy this morning!

Don't know about you, Jaye, perhaps you are more restrained, but I'm one of the reasons their statcounters go through the roof.

I'm clearly glad they do too, James.
However, the reasons I've listed have been expressed in some fashion on their blogs, so I'm being presumptive, not "pretending" in a presumptuous fashion.

Bailey Stewart said...

I think you've nailed it. Most with #6 - they're human.

You need to come by my blog today. Happy, happy, surprise, surprise. *gg*

Bernita said...

I know, December!

Bernita said...

When Blogger lets me, Bailey...

Savannah Jordan said...

My agent doesn't blog, she's too damned busy. My editor for AA (as with the rest of the gals at AA) do blog. I'm not sure about my editor at Samahin. I think it depends on the person--but I like Alexandra's comment. :)

Of course, I have diferent blogs under different names, cuz there's just so much of me to go around! (But edits are coming and my ass is gonna get sacked!)

James Goodman said...

so I'm being presumptive, not "pretending" in a presumptuous fashion.

Egads, I just realized how that sounded. Stupid pain pills...I just meant that I have no clue, I didn't mean for it to have any reflection on your list whatsoever. I think they all sound like very probable reasons.

Off to rest and consider suspending my comments until I'm back off the pain pills again... lol.

Bernita said...

I'm sure all your edits will be little ones, Savannah.

James, thank you.
Pain pills allow your body's energy to go into healing though, so don't go all manly and tough and cut them out.

Scott said...

I changed that line you pointed out on my work in progress. It was a simple fix, but I'm wondering if you agree. It changed to:

"Ray Butler upended cushions and looked under the couch. He rooted about the living room until he finally found it. The tip of a black plastic remote peeked out from a half eaten bag of microwave popcorn that was propped next to the armchair."

I simply changed "it" for "what he was looking for".

Bernita said...

Yes, Scott.
That reads much better.
Now, check your ajectives - do you need to say "black plastic remote" or just "remote" or "TV remote"?
Not saying you should change it, but just ask yourself if you should.

Scott said...

Yeah, that is a little wordy. I don't mind using black, but plastic is not necessary.

Ballpoint Wren said...

Bernita, I love your froggy fairy tale!

Bernita said...

Just keep going, Scott.
It is a very intriguing beginning.

Bonnie, I am so glad you like it!
~beams~

S. W. Vaughn said...

Yay for editor and agent blogs!

WOOT on the story at WCP!

* This has been a drive-by commenting. I now return to my regularly scheduled burial mound of work.

Bernita said...

~beams~
Mega Woots to you too, Sonya-of-the-Long-Barrow...

SassyJill said...

Gotta go with Bailey that it's mostly #6. Afterall, "bitching" and "blogging" both begin with a "b" and have the same number of letters. And I'm a believer (see another of those great words) in fate ^_^*

Bernita said...

Donno, Jill...Most of the A/E blogs I have read keep the bitching to an elegant minimum.

Marcail said...

I've checked a few. The thrust was the promotion of their stable of authors and their new releases. Creating hype. Snark aside of course. She's a gem.

Cynthia Bronco said...

And probably because they're people too, just like us protozoa.

Jaye Wells said...

Bernita, restraint? What is this strange word of which you speak?

Bonnie Calhoun said...

I duuno! I'd say all of your answers sound reasonable to me...It's 3 AM and almost anything sounds reasonable to me, right about now!