All Done.

Have you noticed I haven’t been blogging much? Me, too! I noticed. I think I’m just going to make it official, dear readers. I’m all done.

Six months before I became a literary agent, I started blogging. At first my posts were just stuff. Stuff I was thinking about. Testing the waters. Then the blog morphed into stuff about writing and querying (at the time, I was the oldest unpaid lit agency intern in Manhattan). Then that fall I became an agent. And for the past six years I haven’t shut up.

I’ve said a lot of things here on The Blabbermouth Blog, about publishing and writing and querying and reading and being a human on the planet. I’ve done quite a few series: Authors on Craft, Guest Post Regarding Writing, On Writing: Why Story is Necessary, Quick Questions, Inside Scoop: Dish from a Literary Agent Intern. My clients have stepped up and blogged for me, numerous times, on various writing-related topics, when I’ve needed a break from blogging over the summers. Thanks clients! I love you!

I’ve been very lucky to be able to share many happy things, like when clients and friends and friends who are clients have gotten book deals. We’ve celebrated lots of book birthdays. I’ve done quite a few book give-aways and contests and Q&As. That was all fun.

I’ve also shared about the not happy things. The not happy posts were particularly hard to write–After Paris, Searching for the Words: My French Love Affair, after the 2016 election, A Letter to My Blog Followers and After Orlando: Stop the Ride I want to Get Off.

I feel I’ve said as much as I can say about writing query letters, going to conferences, the facts about publishing, and writing in general. I don’t know how to be creative any more about how to talk to agents, online, by email, and in person. And there are so many, many not happy things happening in the world right now. So I think I’m just… done blogging. It’s been a good run.

Peace out, humans.

Linda

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14 responses to “All Done.

  1. Jackie Bade Kimlingen

    I’m thinking this is just taking a break. Something will inspire you toward a new diatribe, eventually. I’ll be here.

  2. I sure enjoy your blogs. Take care. Wendy Nystrom

  3. Thank you for your years of blabbermouthing. This blog has been a trove of insight and encouragement.

  4. Farewell Linda! You had a great run. Peace out 🙂

  5. You’re one of my favorite people. I’ll miss your blog but I know how you feel. It’s hard to be creatively light-hearted right now. Hopefully we’ll be able to find peace again some day. xoxo

  6. Monica Mayper

    I have enjoyed, been missing, will miss, and understand your reasons for closing your blog. Thanks!

  7. Thank you for your blog and Facebook posts. They have been valuable and I respect your choice to move on from blogging.

    I hope to hear you speak at a conference some time.

    My best wishes to you personally during these challenging times in world history.

    Donna

  8. Christine Harms

    Thanks for all the insights. Very helpful.