Kristin Nelson, Nelson Literary Agency

One of the interesting articles I read this week was from Kristin Nelson, founder of the Nelson Literary Agency. Titled “14 Reasons Agenting Is Harder Now Than 20 Years Ago,” she brings up some really interesting points from an agent’s point of view that I’ve never considered.

One of the points I found most surprising was email. As I work to bring my own inbox under control this week, I was surprised to read that agents struggle with bloated inbox too. You won’t hear me whining about it anymore. Where I receive maybe 20-30 emails a day, Kristin gets 300. “Three hundred emails is a light day… The pace of business is simply faster now with immediate responses often necessary,” she says.

Not that I ever wanted to be an agent, but that alone would deter me. It also really makes me want to hug an agent. Great piece to see what’s going on in from a different POV, you can read it all here.

By Angela Yuriko Smith

Angela Yuriko Smith is a third-generation Ryukyuan-American, award-winning poet, author, and publisher with 20+ years in newspapers. Publisher of Space & Time magazine (est. 1966), two-time Bram Stoker Awards® Winner, and HWA Mentor of the Year, she shares Authortunities, a free weekly calendar of author opportunities at

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