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Mr. Nathan Bransford


Twitter: NathanBransford

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from cdccoff
Nov 06, 2010 7:16 am

Best of luck, Nathan.

One of the best in the business. He will be missed as an agent but we wait in anticipation for his book :)
from isinglass
Nov 05, 2010 7:58 pm

I'm sorry to see him go. I had him on my list for my next project. But in a way I guess I can't blame him. A steady paycheck beats commission during hard times any day of the week.
from jscreative
Nov 05, 2010 5:40 pm

Well, one of the nicest agents and best resources just quit agenting. He will be missed. I hope he's quitting because he's having such great success as a writer. You go Nathan!!
from Patrick (admin)
Nov 05, 2010 5:24 pm

Profile Update: No longer working as an agent. Formerly with Curtis Brown.

He was a good friend to writers and will be missed. Good luck to him.

(Thanks YASciFiFantasy)
from bhoney
Nov 05, 2010 2:47 pm

Thanks for letting us know, YASciFiFantasy. I was just getting ready to send him a query. Bummer. He was one of my top choices. Best of luck to him, though, he seems like a great guy.
from YASciFiFantasy
Nov 05, 2010 2:08 pm

Actually, it would appear that he will no longer be agenting after today.
Here's his blog:
from cheekychook
Nov 05, 2010 10:38 am

I believe he has been out of town again this week and I remember reading that he had four or five hundred queries waiting in his inbox when he got home from the last trip, so I'd give him a little time to catch up with everything. I'm sure he'll get back to the one-day-responses as soon as he's able---that's his preferred way, he likes to stay on top of things.
from cubofaslan
Nov 04, 2010 9:13 pm

Anyone still waiting on Nathan and how long? Is he planning on going back to his 24 hour turnaround time?
from LoraGeneva
Oct 17, 2010 9:54 am

EQ: 10/12/10--auto response out of office til Oct 19
ER: 11/5/10--Thank you for your note. I am no longer an agent with Curtis Brown Ltd. and will now be working in the tech industry. If you'd like to submit to another agent at Curtis Brown Ltd., please visit our website for a list of agents and our submission guidelines:

from ckmarshall216
Oct 14, 2010 8:28 am

People, people, why are you fighting? Agents pick what they like. They either like it or they don't. If they don't like it, move on. Keep looking until you find someone who does and in the mean time, it's all about the craft, the art, the beauty of telling a story. It's about providing escapist entertainment for your fellow man/woman.

Everything else is just background noise if you ask me. I don't care if he rejects me. This guy's on his game. He can perform a service we all want- he can get you published. But never forget you are basically hiring an agent to represent you to a publisher. So, even if they like it, if you don't like them when you get to the talking stage, pass. Desperation is not attractive in any way, shape, or form. If someone's, you know, all angsty and stuff, hey, that's their noise. You others just do what you do, cuz that's just what you do.


P.S. I get rejected all the time. Haven't found the right one. But I will
from abkeuser
Oct 11, 2010 3:51 pm

Well, I can now say I wont be buying any book by Edita Petrick. Your original post and your responses are far from proffessional. If you're trying to come off as "helping new authors" you've failed.

I don't query Mr. Bransford becaus I long ago figured out that he wouldnt be a good fit for my work. But he is still a very professional agent and one who should be respected for his ability to turn around queries in a manner that doesn't leave the rest of us woolgathering.
from tiftruitt
Oct 09, 2010 1:54 pm

(2/2) is really sad. Why would you want someone trying to sell your work who does not believe in it? Is querying frustrating? Sure. But I'll keep doing it.
from tiftruitt
Oct 09, 2010 1:53 pm

wow. i have been going through the querying process for about 10 months now, and have been through all the ups and downs one assumes is part of this process. Def on my up list is Nathan. I submitted two revisions on my first manuscript to Nathan. His notes were helpful and encouraging, and helped to shape the story in a direction I never would have thought to take it. In the end, he passed. Did I feel slighted by this man? No. I felt thankful for the time he took to look at my work.

My second submission to Nathan also received a full request. He also ended up passing on this work. His rejection is still one of my most encouraging moments as a writer. He was not only professional in his rejection, but also gave me the courage to keep at it.

i am almost done with my third manuscript, and I will query him again. writing is tough, getting an agent and selling your work can be be a bitch. But to blame someone for not liking your work, not pretending to be passionate about something (1/2
from elpato54
Oct 05, 2010 1:40 am

Nathan is good at his job. Nathan gets a lot of querries for a reason. I appreciate that he offers advice, is quick to reject and overall a class act in this agency. There's a reason he gets the most querries. With that said, unless he's asking for more material, all his rejections are form letters. One is for people wuerrying him who don't know anything from the blog and the other is for people who read the blog and know to bash the Lakers in their letters. One querry letter is the standard "not for me, " while the other is one with your name and a thank-you for reading the blog, along with a "not for me." There is nothing wrong with this, or the way he conducts buisness, except it somehow is confused with "personal." Personalised maybe, but that is pretty easy to do. The bottom line though is, if he rejects you MOVE ON! He is a buisness man, he's got tastes just like you and his tastes just arn't in sync with you. It doesn't help complaining on here because he rejected your work.
from tarzan
Oct 01, 2010 11:56 am

edipet2003: Re your 4 agents in--is it twenty years? I can see where you might have some ill feelings toward least three of those you mentioned are problematical at best. As you have pointed out there are a number of scammers out there. It would seem you've experienced your share. This site does a good job of vetting agents listed here and avoids as best as they can the scammers. Of your 4 previous agents, only one is listed here. What I find puzzling is that you have a book about to hit the major bookstores and have had other books published as well. If this is the case, why not use that to lure an agent of reputable stature? Or do you already have one and posting here is a hobby of sorts? I guess I'm perplexed as to why you are querying still.

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