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#1 Mari

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Posted 05 November 2010 - 02:10 PM

I just saw it on his twitter feed and his site confirmed it. He is leaving Curtis Brown Ltd. and moving on to CNET. Here is his post explaining it. Nathan Bransford Blog
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Posted 05 November 2010 - 02:13 PM

Wow. Didn't see that coming.

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Posted 05 November 2010 - 02:20 PM

Actually, somehow, it doesn't surprise me. Can't put my finger on why, but I always got this feeling that he wouldn't continue to be an agent very long.

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Posted 05 November 2010 - 02:39 PM

Guess I should be glad he didn't like my query.

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Posted 05 November 2010 - 03:17 PM

Well I guess that settles the "Who's the Hottest Agent" question. I forget who our other option was though...

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Posted 05 November 2010 - 03:36 PM

Yeah, Mark. Guess everyone he turned down should be glad.

Like Clipper, never saw it coming. But then I'm always the last one to know!

Oh, and thanks, Mari, for posting!

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Posted 05 November 2010 - 03:37 PM

Guess I should be glad he didn't like my query.


My thought exactly. Then I went down the karma road: See what happens to agents who don't like our queries?

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Posted 05 November 2010 - 03:49 PM

Yeah... didn't see that one coming. And like everyone here, I guess I'm glad he didn't like my query. I've had too many agent mishaps this year to go through any more. lol.

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Posted 05 November 2010 - 03:58 PM

Thanks Mari for the post. Glad I didn't query him, or, anyone else for that matter. Read some of his blogs and other writings. NOW I KNOW WHAT C-NET is. Probably last person on earth to know that. So, thanks again Mari.

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Posted 05 November 2010 - 04:05 PM

I haven't continued my PW scrip --- how have his sales been lately?

I can imagine there's a lot of agents in the burn-out phase right now
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Posted 05 November 2010 - 04:44 PM

I was just compiling a list of new victims for my query when I saw the news at PW. I'd agree he must be burned out, considering how the publishing industry is functioning these days. All blockbusters all the time, by previously published authors, and no newbies need apply.

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Posted 05 November 2010 - 05:13 PM

God. Seeing this is almost surreal - his blog pretty much taught me everything I know about the agenting business XD

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Posted 05 November 2010 - 05:13 PM

I was just compiling a list of new victims for my query when I saw the news at PW. I'd agree he must be burned out, considering how the publishing industry is functioning these days. All blockbusters all the time, by previously published authors, and no newbies need apply.


Oh I don't think that's the case, ciano. There a plenty of debut authors being signed. They may not be getting much $$, but they're getting signed. My agent's signed six debuts in the past year, several in multi-book deals, and a couple of them went to auction. Regrettably, none of them were mine.Posted Image
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Posted 05 November 2010 - 10:08 PM

I let my pw subscription expire, too, but I remember when I was researching him, he'd had only 2 sales in the previous year. Maybe he didn't post all his sales, but he seems like the type that would. On his blog he listed clients but did he find them or inherit them? Maybe someone here has first-hand experience and I'm all wrong.

I do/did follow his blog and I had this impression (maybe just me) that he was more into his image than he was in working as an agent. Seems like he spent all his time on his blog, pointing out how many queries he received, attending conferences, and promoting his own books. Can't put my finger on it, but there was something for me that said, "Stay away." I guess the celebrity-type agent thing.

Query Tracker shows he's had 543 queries since January, requested 26 partials, and zero fulls. I know that's a fraction of his probable total queries, but those are his stats there. Anyway, I wish him luck.
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Posted 05 November 2010 - 10:46 PM

I always found him to be very nice, approachable and helpful, the few times I had the opportunity to deal with him. Plus he answered every query in a prompt fashion (seems like a rarity with agents these days). He also ran a forum to help writers with the whole submission/query process, and was always happy to answer any questions a writer might have.

Didn't seem so "celebrity" to me, but rather enthusiastic and willing to go out of his way to help writers. Not quite sure of his sales, but I can't imagine he'd be with such a well known agency if he didn't have decent figures, though it seems like these days, sales aren't exactly easy to come by. I guess I don't see spending a lot of time on a blog as being an indicator that they're a poor agent or into themselves and their image. That's just me though.

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Posted 06 November 2010 - 05:54 PM

Always seemed real nice and approachable to me. Good luck w/your new career Nat.

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Posted 06 November 2010 - 06:48 PM

Bummer. He's always had such a helpful blog. I hope he keeps it up. It is a great resource.

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Posted 07 November 2010 - 12:11 AM

Bummer. He's always had such a helpful blog. I hope he keeps it up. It is a great resource.


He mentioned he will continue the blog, so there's your silver lining.
I suppose now I need to delete him from my Query Tracker list.

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Posted 07 November 2010 - 01:06 PM

Didn't he write a book? I think it hit me that he wasn't going to be agenting much longer when he said he was writing a book. For some reason, that just resonated with me. And yeah, he hasn't had a deal since December of last year.

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Posted 08 November 2010 - 11:59 AM

His forum will stay up as well. So, that's good. He attracted a lot of aspiring writers and his blog and forums served as a great resource.

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