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Your turn.

We have a lot of fun with our blog posts around here. Whether we’re drooling over the latest book swag or marveling at the latest technology that’s changing our industry, this blog serves as a great place to share what we’re thinking.

But it’s not ALL about us, you know. And we love it when you get involved in the conversation, like the important discussion sparked by Jim’s post yesterday.

So I’m turning the spotlight on you for a minute. Let us know what YOU want to read about. Do you want more or less…

Or hankering after something else altogether that we’ve never thought to post about?!

Leave a comment below and maybe, just maybe, your DGLM blog wish will come true.

7 Responses to Your turn.

  1. Kevin A. Lewis says:

    I think most of us rather like the DGLM blog as it is-it’s like the only real-time agency blog in the Milky Way where there’s usually something fun to yatter back and forth about; if I had to nail something I generally roll my eyes and skip over, it would have to be the occasional writing tips posts-most of us know not to send queryies written in silly string claiming to Speak For The Throne Of God, and audience and industry trends and readership groundswells are a lot more useful from a practical writers and agent’s viewpoint. That, and of course the periodic unsolved mystery post, like what happened to Flight 370 and why Rush Revere remains at the top of the bestseller list when I can’t find a single kid who’s bought a copy….

    • Kevin A. Lewis says:

      By the way “queryies” is the new spelling, based on marketing research in Writers Digest, so there.

  2. What I said yesterday appears to be about gender bias in bookselling and publishing, but it’s really not. Apropos of Jim’s blog and the audience member’s comment that they’d seen only one “person of color” at the writers’ conference, I saw a number of writers of color at the San Diego sci fi convention last weekend. Each that I talked to in-depth had a lengthy story to tell regarding difficulties in working in the legacy publishing system.

    What this post is about is, using marketing principles, product development principles, and principles of good management that has worked across enterprises in general, the issues of lack of work being brought forth to the public by authors of color or female authors working in non-traditional (for females) types of fiction and non-fiction, will be naturally rectified.

    http://www.asterling.com/2014/03/tell-yourself-its-the-uks-problem-with-gender-bias-not-us-tell-yourself-again.html

    Says the person who is investing in marketing across the enterprise, and who continues to be croggled at phenomena such as – this is the ONLY literary agent blog I’ve found genuinely engaging and responsive to readers and writers. I commend you highly and am confident you will continue to thrive.

  3. Kellie says:

    Honestly, I love this blog the way it is. I feel like it lets me get to know DGLM on something that seems to be deeper than the typical professional level. And the fact that you are asking for our opinion is a great example of what I mean.

    By far my favorite posts were the joint entries that Jim and Lauren did last year for the Twitter book discussion for Eleanor & Park (which I also participated in the Twitter convo as well). I never had so much fun reading a book because I knew that I would actually get to talk with other people about it. In my circle of friends, that doesn’t happen too often. I keep hoping y’all will do another. I also really like the posts covering topics like gender bias or culture under-representation in the publishing industry (although that could be the psychology background speaking). Another topic I enjoy seeing is your opinion about the direction you feel the publishing industry seems to be leaning as far as trends in fiction. What you see fading out and what you see as being due for a selling explosion.

    I may not post responses very often, but I have always felt that if I couldn’t add anything new or interesting to the conversation then don’t (or at least hold off until I can). However, that doesn’t mean that I don’t visit almost everyday and see what those at DGLM have on their minds. This really is about the only blog I regularly read.

  4. Lynn says:

    Okay, you asked, so let me put a damper on the lovefest. But, first of all, let me say I do like this blog and I do stop by everyday to see if there’s something new posted.

    What I don’t like, most of the posts here on DGLM have a link over to some other blog post. IMHO it seems like an easy way out of writing your own posts. “Oh, look here at *link*. Tell me what you think about that!” It gives me the impression that all of you are forced to write something on this blog. Not a good impression! When you send us to look at someone’s website, it seems to me they’re the ones doing the work for you.

    Another thing that bothers me, very seldom (except for Miriam and Stacey) do any of you comment in the comments. I may be wrong, but I sometimes get the feeling you did what was required of you and now you don’t need to do more until it’s your turn to post again. In other words, comments aren’t part of the deal.

    I think that’s why you don’t get very many comments. If you look at blogs by other literary agents, some on your own blogroll, you’ll see there are very often 20, 30, 50+ comments. Why? Because the agent writing the blog also participates in the comments. It becomes a dialogue and that becomes interesting.

    I personally would like to see more about what makes your agency tick. Jane is the only one that gives us a peek inside from time to time.

    I would also like to see more query tips, but something that isn’t so generic. I’m sorry to pick on Mhoogland’s previous post, but it’s a good example of what I don’t like. “Don’t write Dear Agent, spell the agent’s name correctly, pay attention to grammar, etc.,” just doesn’t cut it! Instead, did you get a query that blew you away? Write about it, post it as an example so we can see what a great query is! These are the things that help writers on the road to publication.

    Be more specific. Give us what you want and don’t want. Tell us what you think, and stop sending us constantly to other websites. I could say a lot more, but I think I may have said more than enough!

    (Thank you, Sharon, for the opportunity to say what I’ve been thinking for a long time.)

    • sharon says:

      Hi Lynn, Thank YOU for this honest and friendly input! Excellent ideas for future blog posts, and I for one will make a point to stop back by the comments more consistently. We really do appreciate that you all take the time to visit this blog and to share your thoughts in the comments. Talk to you soon! :)

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