A Drive-By Hello & Agent Stuff
First, J.A. Konrath has a post on his agency's blog about what to look for in an agentand how to be a good client.
Speaking of agents, Kristin Nelson discusses what happens at those lunch dates they have with editorsand how these contacts help you, the writer.
These remind me of an excellent book by agent Lori Perkins, The Insider's Guide to Getting an Agent. She's the lead at my agency (IOW, my agent's boss), and I read the book when I signed on. It's fantastic! Extremely helpful, all sorts of information about what an agent's day is REALLY like, and exactly what goes on behind the scenes in publishing. There's a lot of smart advice about how you can help your agent (and thus your own career). Definitely worth putting on your bookshelf, and I'd feel that way even if I were with another agency.
Okay, back to the grindstone for me. My nose is getting nice and shiny from it. :)
Happy writing, folks!