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Nathan Bransford
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The quest
One of the most interesting things about novels is the extent to which the very thing a novel is about -- a quest -- is also the thing that best describes the writing of the novel itself. Our characters go on a quest. We go on a quest to tell their story. O...
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YALLWEST!!
I'm psyched to be making the trip west this weekend for YALLWEST , a fantastic festival in Santa Monica featuring some of the best YA authors on the planet. If you're in the Los Angeles area, I highly recommend stopping on by! It's free and open to the publ...
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8th Annual Blog Bracket Challenge!
It's mid-March, and you know what that means. Our 8th! Annual! Blog bracket challenge!! Who is the greatest literary bracket prognosticator of them all? We'll see. It's probably not me. In fact it's probably you. As always, the winner of the Blog Bracket ch...
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Do i finally get to join the famous bracket ? we all know the wolverines are ready to shock the world from the 68th seed of a 64 team tournament.... 
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How not to write a novel
Nathan here. I first met my friend Julia Forster a decade ago when we were assistants to two US and UK agents who worked closely together. She's now an accomplished author, and her novel What a Way to Go  was published on Thursday by Atlantic Books in the U...
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What are your favorite still-active blogs?
I've mentioned previously that the blogosphere is feeling a little quieter lately, but maybe I'm just not looking in the right places. What are some of your favorite still-active writing and publishing blogs? Who's out there still innovating and keeping the...
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7th Annual Heifer International Fundraiser!
It's that time of year! This is the seventh year in a row for this Heifer fundraiser, and it's one of my favorite holiday traditions. Here's how this works. All you have to do is: 1) Leave a comment on this post AND/OR 2) Tweet a link to this post and inclu...
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What are your favorite action scenes in literature?
A great action scene is so much more than just an exciting moment in a novel. They're great because we're invested in the outcome, hanging on the edge of our seat, hoping our favorite characters survive as they propel themselves through physical space. What...
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Moneyball for book publishers
Way back in 2007, I wrote about what I called the "holy grail" of book publishing : the blockbuster detector. Inspired by both The Wisdom of Crowds  and Moneyball , I wondered about the possibility of a tool that could identify undervalued markets and help ...
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How to find and work with a freelance editor
Nathan here! My good friend Christine Pride is a talented freelance editor who has worked for Random House and Hyperion and edited eight NY Times bestselling books. Oh, and I also hired her to edit my guide to writing a novel . Christine has a wealth of exp...
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Jacob Wonderbar for President of the Universe resembles... the 2016 American Presidential Election
When I wrote Jacob Wonderbar for President of the Universe in 2009-2010, I definitely tried to weave in some political satire that would resonate with kids who have to listen when their parents watch the news, and who have probably experienced a school elec...
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Do you have a writing New Year's resolution?
It is 2016! Still no flying cars or hoverboards ( no, it's not ), but um, at least Crystal Pepsi is coming back ? Bueller? Anyway, as we move ever more squarely into the twenty-first century, it is that time of year where we make resolutions for how we will...
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+Nathan Bransford Yes, several, but I don't call them resolutions. One is to finally have a certain person, who shall remain nameless, on Back Porch Writer. ;o)
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Will you ever buy mostly e-books? The results!
Has there been a disturbance in the Force? It's not just The Force Awakens,  but for the second consecutive year, e-books have reversed their gains in my poll that asks whether you think you'll ever buy mostly ebooks. The results! Here are the people who sa...
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  • Freelancers Union
    Senior Director of Product Development, 2013 - 2015
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    Social Media Manager, 2010 - 2013
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    Literary Agent, 2002 - 2010
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