Thursday, August 31, 2006

Out of the Woodwork

So, here's another question to ponder: How many people actually read this blog? Are you a lurker? Do you delight in reading and never commenting? Do you casually breeze through on your round of daily blogs? I'm curious about the demographic of readers that Lit Soup actually gets.

Your mission, if you choose to accept it:

Pop out of the woodwork and actually comment on this post. Tell me what's working and not working with the blog. What would you like to see more of? What would you like to see less of? Any and all comments are welcome, even if you just want to say "Hi!".

49 comments:

BuffySquirrel said...

Hi!

I read your blog's RSS feed in my LiveJournal.

Vernieda said...

Hi!

I mostly lurk. And I read the blog via my RSS reader. :)

Linda said...

Hi!

I'm mostly a lurker who stops in every day to see what's new. Your blog is one of several agent blogs in my favorites links. :)

If there's anything I'd like to see more of, it would be that you post more often, as I enjoy your voice. Time must be a consideration, though!

I like hearing what you, or editors, are looking for, or think about new publishing trends, etc., because that kind of information helps me make decisions about my work. Besides which, I'm just plain curious about other people!

Mary Robinette Kowal said...

Hi! I read your RSS feed through bloglines because I want to keep up with how your life is going.

Jayen said...

I just want to pop out of the woodwork. You'll be seeing no "Hi!" from me.

Oh. Oops! I guess you will see it.

Angela Hunt said...

Hi!

I lurk and read every day. I like your posts a great deal. I hit the site directly.

Jennette said...

I read your blog's RSS feed through Bloglines. I always find it helpful to see what works and doesn't work for an agent in queries, etc.

Thanks for blogging!

Aimee said...

Lurkiddy lurk lurk!

I keep an eye on your RSS feed via LiveJournal.

Bernita said...

I lurk.
I found you through Romancing the Blog.
Hungry for any agent/publishing insights.

Catherine Avril Morris said...

Hiya... :)

Derek said...

Here is my token hi: Hi.

I read your blog whenever my RSS reader pings me with a new post from you. I'm a writer who watches your posts for industry info, but also I enjoy your regular, everyday commentary. Good balance of both; keep it up. :)

I don't think I've commented before, but you did post the answer to a question I had regarding the blurbing of queries and manuscript submissions.

lon said...

I don't know my butt from an RSS feed so I just have you bookmarked and lurk over here a few times a month or so. If I could figure out how to see your posts on LJ (Aimee, a little help here?) I'd be up to the minute.

In terms of content, more soup blogging! :) Otherwise I like the mix of professional and other good stuff you post.

Gina Black said...

Hi! I read your blog as a way of getting insights and information on the industry.

Katey Coffing, Ph.D. said...

Hello there, fab agent of mine!

Squeet is my choice when I want to be notified immediately of new blog posts. Of course, since Squeet sends the post to my email inbox, this only works when I'm able to get to my email right away... (g)

Horrorgirl said...

Jenny,
Hi. I just added you to my favorites. I just happened to come across you. I am more than familiar with the Lori Perkins agency, and it's nice to hear from one of the agents there. It's nice to know that you guys are real people, and give us insight into the agent world. I write mostly horror, but just recently finished the first book in a dark urban fantasy series. And I will be querying after I finish polishing the novel that I have written, re-written, and checked. Hopefully, you'll hear from me soon!

Horrorgirl said...

Jenny,
Hi. I just added you to my favorites. I just happened to come across you. I am more than familiar with the Lori Perkins agency, and it's nice to hear from one of the agents there. It's nice to know that you guys are real people, and give us insight into the agent world. I write mostly horror, but just recently finished the first book in a dark urban fantasy series. And I will be querying after I finish polishing the novel that I have written, re-written, and checked. Hopefully, you'll hear from me soon!

Jodi Meadows said...

Me too! (Okay, not a lurker. More a blabber.)

Ion: Friend this account: http://syndicated.livejournal.com/comfort_soup/profile

lon said...

Thanks, Jodi!

Harry Connolly said...

I don't lurk as much as I probably ought to. I read your feed on my livejournal friend's page, too.

C. Keegan said...

I get this RSS feed to my email client, Thunderbird. Yeah, add me to the list of lurkers and writers in search of insights into the publishing universe.

Laurel Amberdine said...

(not a lurker)

I get the LJ feed, but it annoys me that there's a many hour delay. Sometimes I check in directly.

So... how's the writing going? :)

signed,
your friendly nag

ipgirl said...

I stop in from time to time. I once queried you and thought that you were nice even though you rejected my mss in the end. I like that you give us a day-to-day look at being an agent....It seemed like such a glam job to me but you portray it as a up-and-down kind of grind, which is good to know.

Jenny Rappaport said...

ipgirl, it may seem like a grind, since there's a ton of paperwork involved, but at other times it's really fun. And then there are moments like coming home from Worldcon and seeing the stack of mail taking over my kitchen table...

But keep commenting folks! It's great to hear from so many of you... I feel very loved. =)

And to my friendly writing nag, I shall shoot you off an e-mail later today; I have interesting things to report.

Milady Insanity said...

I read your blog on my RSS feed as well.

I think this is the first time I've commented, but I've not been reading your blog for very long. Probably found my way here via RTB as well.

James Dashner said...

Jenny, I have it bookmarked and check all the time. I always tell other authors and aspiring writers to read it, too. But maybe that's because I like throwing the words "my agent" around in small company. :-)

You're awesome super agent woman, so keep it up!

adrienne said...

Hey, I too am a lurker. I'm a bit of an obsessive with reading agent/editor blogs. I can whizz through a dozen or so in an hour (fortunately not everyone updates every day). I'm a writer, soon to be first time published author, and I like knowing as much as I can about the behind the scenes. And it's fun!

Jordan Summers said...

I don't really lurk. I tend to stop by regularly...thanks to Catherine.

Ben S. D. said...

Okay, I admit it. I lurk more than I post. ;)

But it's good to have a bit of variety in the stuff I read every day (I read several blogs), and besides, I've always wanted to know what an agent's life is like.

Marsha Ward said...

Hi Jenny,

I'm one of those authors James Dashner recently referred to your blog, which I read directly. It's been very interesting hearing about the day-to-day schedule of an agent, as well as the report on WorldCon. Keep up the good work, especially for James. LOL!

Virginia Miss said...

Hi, I read your blog every day, and make an occasional comment. I appreciate you taking the time to do this blog! As a novelist aspiring for publicaion, I'm interested in learning about literary agencies, editors, and publishing in general (everything from querying to conferences to book reviews, contracts, and book covers) as well as your tastes in particular.

Gord Rollo said...

Hi Jenny,

I check in with your blog several times a week. I'll admit, part of my interest is that I have material submitted with you and hope to work with you one of these days soon, but I also enjoy hearing the ins and outs of agenting. Even your tales about life in New York Fascinate me as I come from a small Canadian town and have only been to the Big Apple once for WHC 2005. I totally loved New York but have no idea how people live there every day. I think I might go stark raving mad!!! I also like homemade soup and The Killers too, so I check in to hear more about those things too :)

Bests,

Gord

Jaye said...

I have your site bookmarked and check in regularly. But, I tend to lurk. Can't suggest any changes, I like the range of topics you've had so far.

Anonymous said...

I'm a mostly lurker but I have commented a few times. I started reading because you were an agent that had a lot in common with me. I like the mix of personal and industry/agent related posts.

Richard White said...

I've been reading you ever since Lawrence Schoen tried to introduce me to you at Balticon over Memorial Weekend.

Looking forward to finally meeting you one of these days.

Dan Gamber said...

Hi Jenny!

I was referred to your blog by a mutual friend, and now you've picked up my wifey as a client! I follow you on Bloglines and appreciate the insights into your 'sphere'.

Scott Washburn said...

I check in once or twice a week and I've posted a few times. I'm interested in seeing what an agent does/thinks since I sure don't get any clue from my own agent!

Andrew Kaye said...

Hi Jenny!

I'm hooked on literary agent blogs and yours is one that I check up on every day.

Other than that, I don't have anything productive to say. I just like coming out of the woodwork, because it makes me feel like a termite. And really, who doesn't relish that feeling?

heidi said...

Yes, I read and don't comment (this time an exception). I like hearing about your agenting adventures. (The personal touches are nice too.)

I find agent blogs more interesting than many writers' blogs. Dunno why.

I'd like to see more agenting stuff. I like agenting stuff because knowing what agents look for and what agents consider kiss-of-death is very helpful for me when putting queries together.

Okay, that sounds rather dull.

Here's something interesting:

Q. What did the elephant say to the naked man?
A. "It's cute, but can it pick up peanuts?"

Marguerite Arotin said...

Hi Jenny,
I mostly lurk but I think I've commented once or twice. I read your blog though all the time to get the insight into the mind of a harworking agent :-)

Marguerite Arotin said...

Ugh, I meant to write hardworking. My fingers tend to miss the keys from time to time.

Nuttyblonde said...

Hey there! Your blog is in my favourites. I'd love to read as much publishing/agenting insider info as possible;-) What works for you, what doesn't, what irks you, what you like (regarding submissions). That kind of schtuff.

Holly M. said...

*raises paw* I read! I'm shy about commenting, though. :)

blaironaleash said...

I just came over here from Romancing the Blog's blogroll. I have no critical assessment as this is only the second post I've read.

McKoala said...

Visiting today for the first time - and have already added you to my bookmarks!

Jude Hardin said...

Hi!

This is my first visit. I saw your comment on Miss Snark's blog. I'll be back!

Anne said...

Just found you, and plan to be a regular.

Sherri said...

Hi Jenny! I just found you through Miss Snark. I'll be back...you're in my faves now.

Have a great day!

Joe said...

Love the blog! :)

Joe DeRouen

Quietly Says said...

I just found your blog. Am currently working on a series of books and doing research on finding an agent. I like what I have read so far and the information that you share. Will probably send you a query as soon as I know I have the correct info. Thanks.