Monday, January 25, 2010

Getting Past the Gatekeeper

I feel compelled to share with you one of my favorite industry blogs. Many of you often refer to Brendan Deneen and Rachelle Gardner, both fabulous sites, but I have another favorite to add.





Getting Past the Gatekeeper is hosted by an unknown literary agent and is full of the good, bad, and ugly on all things industry related: the do's and don'ts of querying, self-publishing, social networking, publicizing/marketing your book, E-Readers... the works. She (at least I think it's a she) answers reader questions and is absolutely hilarious most of the time. I never get tired of it.

It's a truckload full of good info! Check it out. Leave some comments (There are never as many comments given as the posts deserve!)

Do you have any other favorite industry-related blogs to add?

51 comments:

Scobberlotcher said...

Gatekeeper is one of my favorite blogs too in addition to Nathan Bransfords classic agent blog. :) I think I like both of these because they are more hopeful, less snarky.

Tamika: said...

This is a new site for me, thanks Shannon! I'm heading over to check it out now.

T. Anne said...

Thank you! I hadn't heard of that blog. I can't wait to go and read all the older posts! Have a great day.

Jonathon Arntson said...

It's kind of like Gossip Girl for writers, thanks!

Southern Princess said...

ooohhh Thanks! I will check this one out!
I hope your Monday is going well!

Southern Princess said...

ooohhh Thanks! I will check this one out!
I hope your Monday is going well!

MeganRebekah said...

I love that site!

Frankie Diane Mallis said...

Oooh awesome, thanks im checking it out!

Roxane B. Salonen said...

Shannon, truly appreciative of the introduction. Sounds like one to add to my blog list! I keep an eye on Michael Hyatt for bigger-picture marketing stuff, and Nettie Hartsock for the same reason. I'm an avid follower of Rachelle's wonderful blog. But I'm very intrigued by this one. Thanks again -- have a super week!

Stephen Tremp said...

Thanks for the link. Every little bit helps for self-publishers like myself.

Stephen Tremp

Valerie Geary said...

oooo... something new..... :D You're trying to keep me from writing aren't you? :P

Suzette Saxton said...

How had I not heard of this? THANK YOU! Am heading over there now.

Angelia Almos said...

Thanks for the tip. I'll have to go check it out. My favorite blogs, that I always read first when there's a new post, are Dean Wesley Smith and Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Heather said...

Oo, thanks! I haven't heard of this one yet!!

L. T. Host said...

Thanks for the link :) I'll have to check it out. And no, I probably don't have any new ones everyone doesn't already follow-- I usually don't find new things til someone kindly says, here! Read this! :)

Shannon O'Donnell said...

Scobberlotcher - Yay! Another Gatekeeper fan. :-)

Tamika - You'll love it.

T. Anne - It's worth every minute you spend catching up on the older posts. There are some real treasures in there.

Jonathon - LOL! :-)

Courtney - Enjoy. I hope you have a great Monday, too.

MeganRebekah - Hurray for Gatekeeper!

Frankie - You will not be sorry, Frankie!

Roxane - Thanks for sharing some of your favorites.

Stephen - There are some wonderful posts on self-publishing. Make sure you go through past posts. :)

Valerie - Anything to help out! Ha ha.

Suzette - I'm actually surprised that you haven't heard of it! You'll love it.

Angelia - Thanks for sharing some other sites with us, Angelia.

Bane of Anubis said...

Thanks, Shannon... looks great

Jackee said...

Just visited it. Cool blog, I'll have to add it to my large pile! My favorite? I really love Mary Kole's blog: kidlit.com

~Jamie said...

oh is she unknown though? I thought she was pretty upfront about who she is? BUT it's a GREAT blog where she actually interacts with her followers on a daily basis, and I love that!

Lori W. said...

Thanks, Shannon. I hadn't heard of this one.

Corey Schwartz said...

Oh, thanks! Can't believe I didn't know about this one! I like Janet Reid's blog And Nathan's of course.

Sarah Skilton said...

I hadn't heard of this site -- thanks so much for alerting us to it! Also, let me just say I love the look and logo of your blog.

Kelly said...

Thanks! I haven't read that one yet!!!!

Simon C. Larter said...

Oh, thanks! I'm always on the lookout for another entertaining industry blog.

Tiana Lei said...

Ooh! I love new industry blogs! I haven't heard of this one, so I'll run over there now. Thanks!

Kimberly Franklin said...

Looks like I will have to add one more blog to my already bloated list. : )

Thanks for sharing and Happy Monday!

Shannon O'Donnell said...

Bane - Enjoy!

Jackee - KidLit is a good one. I like it, too.

Jamie - Thanks for the comments. I visited you for the name of Ms. Gatekeeper. :)

Lori - You're welcome!

Corey - New discoveries are always fun, aren't they?!

Sarah - Thanks so much for your comments about my blog. I'm smiling. :)

Kelly - Yay! You'll love it.

Simon - You are most welcome, Simon. This is a good one.

Tiana - Let me know what you think. :)

Jenn Johansson said...

Ooh! I'm excited to check her out. I like quite a few of them. One I think is really helpful is the Query Shark blog. :) It really helped me whip my queries into shape.


Jenn's Blogdom :)

Valerie said...

Hey! I gave you a blog award today, come check it out here!

Crystal said...

Thanks for the link, Shannon! I didn't know about this one; I'll have to check it out! :)

Stephanie Thornton said...

How have I missed that one? Egads! I'll have to check it out!

Jennifer Shirk said...

Great site!
I like http://misssnarksfirstvictim.blogspot.com/ too! It's great to see what agents have to say on sample writing pages.

Robyn Campbell said...

Never heard of it but I'm clicking over right now. Thanks Shannon. I like Nathan Bransfords blog. He's very upfront and funny too. I'm wondering how the Gatekeeper slipped through my radar. Hmmm, must check radar system. :-)

L.J. Boldyrev said...

I'm a big fan of Mary's blog at kidlit.com and Nathan's at Nathanbransford.blogspot.com

Shannon, I gave you a blog award over at my blog!
http://ljboldyrev.blogspot.com/

Elana Johnson said...

Oooh, going to check that out. Thanks for the link!

Guinevere said...

I never saw this blog before, and after seeing your post this morning, I spent my lunch hour reading Gatekeeper on my iPhone. Love! Thanks so much for the link.

Also, I totally wish I knew who that agent was, because I'd love to submit Shards to her when I'm ready! she sounds like a perfect fit, and a lovely person.

Jemi Fraser said...

Two more great ones are Jessica Faust over at BookEnds and the Rejectionist. Great stuff at both!

Shannon O'Donnell said...

Jenn - Query Shark is a great one.

Valerie - You are so sweet. Thank you.

Crystal - You'll love it.

Stephanie - I'm shocked you didn't already know about this one, Steph.

Jennifer - Miss Snark is a classic. :)

Robyn - I hope you like it!

LJ - Thanks so much for the award. :-)

Elana - You are super-welcome.

Guinevere - LOL! I can just picture you reading Gatekeeper in your iphone. I love it! I don't know who it is but I LOVE her! :)

Jemi - Thanks for sharing others. :)

Kasie West said...

Awesome! Thanks for the site. I hadn't heard of it before. I'll have to check it out.

Carolina Valdez Miller said...

Thanks, Shannon! Will add her/him to my blogroll!

Lisa and Laura said...

New for me (although, I'm sure Lisa's found it). Thanks Shannon!

Kristen Torres-Toro said...

Ooh--I need to check that out. Thank you!

Sharon Mayhew said...

Shannon--Thanks for sharing! I can't wait to check out the Gatekeeper...

Kate said...

this is an awesome site. thanks for pointing the way.

Tracy Edward Wymer said...

45 Comments? You're building an empire over here. HA! Love your updated look. Nice!

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

I'm on my way to check it out, and thanks you-helpful-person you!

Kelly said...

Hi Shannon, loving your blog!! Nice to *meet* you!

Kimberly Davis said...

With all these comments, this blog post is now a real resource on agent blogs. Thanks for doing this. I just looked at the Gatekeeper blog and I agree that, as with Nathan Bransford's blog, it strikes the right tone. You want an agent blog to be constructive but realistic.

Diana Paz said...

I LOVE her blog, and I've seen your occasional comment :) From what I infer from following her, she prefers if everyone keeps her veil of anonymity for appearances sake, even though it is not difficult to discover her identity ;)

I also love Mary Cole on kidlit, but my other agent faves don't have blogs.

Mr. O said...

Come to dinner, dear. You can blog a bit more after you eat.

Shannon O'Donnell said...

Kasie - You will love her.

Carolina - Good idea!

LiLa - Enjoy!

Kristen - Let me know what you think.

Sharon - She has good stuff, Sharon.

Kate - You're welcome.

Tracy - Thanks, Tracy! Good to see you.

Tricia - You are always welcome! :-)

Kelly - Thanks for visiting, Kelly

Kimberly - Thanks, Kimberly. This post was surprisingly well received. :-)

Diana - Thanks Diana!

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