Introducing my agent, Nat Sobel

Wednesday, May 14, 2008, 9:00 AM

I am thrilled to announce that I'm now represented by literary agent Nat Sobel of Sobel Weber Associates, New York. Nat Sobel is one of the longest established and most respected agents in the business, and his clients include: James Ellroy (L.A. Confidential, The Black Dahlia, American Tabloid), Joseph Wambaugh (The Choirboys, The Onion Field, Hollywood Station), Pulitzer winner Richard Russo (Nobody's Fool, Empire Falls, Bridge of Sighs), F.X. Toole (Rope Burns - adapted for the screen as the multi Oscar winning Million Dollar Baby - and Pound for Pound), Robert Jordan (the Wheel of Time series), Tim Dorsey (the Serge Storms series), and many more.

If you'd like to know more about Nat, check out the Sobel Weber Associates website. You can also read an excellent in depth interview that recently appeared at the Poets & Writers website.

There a few blogging friends I must thank for their support over recent weeks:

Sex Scenes at Starbucks - Betsy, without your encouragement and belief, THE GHOSTS OF BELFAST (like the new title?) would never have been written, and your recent support has been above and beyond the call of duty.

McKoala - From the first draft, through to the latest, your insights have been invaluable.

Josephine Damian - Where would I be without your tough-love critique and booty shakes?

And also, a shout out to Moonrat, whose advice came at just the right time.

How Nat came to be my agent is a story in itself, and I'll post about it in the next day or two (clue: it wasn't through the slush pile). Stay tuned...

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Blogger Josephine Damian said...

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2:42 PM  
Blogger Josephine Damian said...

This could not have happened to a more talented or deserving writer than you.

I've been singing your praises for ages - it's about time the literary world took notice.

*shake my booty*
*shake my booty*

2:43 PM  
Blogger Precie said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!! That's wonderful news!!!!!!!!!

2:50 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

Holy Hell, that's fantastic news! Congratulations!

2:55 PM  
Blogger Nathan Bransford said...

Great news!! Congratulations

2:57 PM  
Blogger Stephen Parrish said...

Way to go, Stuart. Another former Snarkling makes big. I too thought your contest submissions on Nathan's blog were slam-dunk winners. Betsy told me a year ago you were going to break through. She was right.

3:37 PM  
Blogger moonrat said...

congrats again :) can't wait to hear the rest of the story.

3:39 PM  
Blogger Merry Monteleone said...

Congratulations!!! Josie gave me a heads up via email - I'm thrilled for you!!!

And am joining Josie in a bootie shake in your honor.

3:47 PM  
Blogger Ello said...

Stuart! I am so happy for you! You know how talented I think you are and I am so psyched you got an agent! Congratulations, Congratulations! So exciting!!!!!! Can't wait to hear all about it!

3:57 PM  
Blogger cindy said...

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4:52 PM  
Blogger cindy said...


congrats to you, stuart! and best of luck on the sub process!!!

/hands you a pint


4:56 PM  
Blogger Demon Hunter said...

Congratulations, Stuart! I cannot wait to see this baby in print! :*)

5:04 PM  
Blogger Bernita said...


6:08 PM  
Blogger Sherri said...

Came over from Moonrat's to say congrats!

6:08 PM  
Blogger Patti said...

here from ello...a hearty congratulations to you!

6:49 PM  
Anonymous Dwight Wannabe said...

Congratz, Mate.

I'll be the first one in line when your booksigning swings through town.

7:09 PM  
Blogger Colorado Writer said...

Wonderful news! It's about time, I must say! Can't wait for details.

7:17 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Big Congratulations from Denver! I'm looking forward to hearing the story.

7:31 PM  
Blogger laughingwolf said...

grats to you, stuart!

that's incredible, and so deserving!

7:36 PM  
Blogger freddie said...

I was going to come over here and give you a what for since you haven't been around EE's blog lately. (What, you too high falutin' for us?) We didn't have much interaction, but I've missed you over there.

But I can't do it. I'm too thrilled for you! Congratulations!!!

8:00 PM  
Blogger Conduit said...

Wow, what a day! It's been a bit of a whirlwind, and I've been inundated with emails (including from some name authors, much to my surprise and delight). Between everything else that's going on, it's going to take me a few days to respond to you all, but I want you to know I really appreciate the good wished.

Incidentally, as if today wasn't splendid enough, a wonderful thing happened this evening - it was getting late and I hadn't eaten, and I left my office to see what the microwave could offer. Just as I passed my front door, the bell rang. I opened it to see a young man with a Chinese food delivery. A brief debate convinced him that I hadn't ordered it. He then said, "Well, you might as well have it anyway."

Thus I finished off a pretty great day with a free Chinese meal. And it was duck, my favourite. Ah, life.

11:10 PM  
Blogger sex scenes at starbucks said...

You know I'm thrilled for you. Big smiles your way, and many beers someday...

11:50 PM  
Blogger Chumplet said...

Signed with an agent and free food. Life couldn't be any better.

I'm truly happy for you, Conduit. Don't forget to have a contest to win your signed copy when it's released!

12:56 AM  
Blogger jjdebenedictis said...


Congratulations, Conduit! We always knew you were gonna do it! *flails pom-poms wildly*

1:02 AM  
Anonymous Devon Ellington said...

Congratulations -- I wish you all the best!

Ink in My Coffee

1:56 AM  
Blogger Wonderwood said...

Hi Conduit! Congratulations! What awesome, inspiring news. I haven't been over to the crapometer much lately, but that's where I first saw some of your work and thought it was kick ass. You also paid me a very nice compliment on the first chapter I posted there, and I was very grateful for that encouragement. I wish you all the best, and man, what a feeling you must have right now. Awesome. Enjoy it, soak it in. Congratulations!

2:07 AM  
Blogger Jessica said...

Wow, I heard a little tidbit somewhere else. I'm definitely staying tuned.

2:36 AM  
Blogger Josh said...

Congratulations and a well-deserved reward!

1:57 PM  
Blogger Ulysses said...

In deference to those with finer sensibilities, I will NOT shake my booty.

Congratulations, Conduit.

8:14 PM  
Blogger Ello said...

And a free meal to top it off? Man you got some great karma these days!

9:34 PM  
Blogger Aimless Writer said...

Yay Stewart!

9:51 PM  
Anonymous DrNic said...

Well done, Stuart - richly deserved. Hope you're keeping up the picking as well...

9:58 PM  
Blogger Conduit said...

Another thanks to everyone who came over to say hello. I'll visit you all soon.

DrNic - Howdy, Nic! *feels slight nervousness at encountering someone he actually knows in the real world* Yep, still playing and teaching, though less time for the lessons these days. I've not been gigging for the last six months or so, but a guitar is always close to hand. I've gone all acoustic in my old age. Give us a shout some time if you're back in these parts.

11:44 PM  
Blogger ChrisEldin said...


I, too, loved what I read over at Nathan's blog during his contests!! It's great to see hard work paying off! Good on you!!

7:30 AM  
Blogger Linda said...

Congrats! Fabulous news, and inspiring for the rest of us. I've always enjoyed your first pages, first paras, blah, blah, blah at NB's blog.

Looking forward to seeing your book on the stands... Peace, Linda

12:10 PM  
Blogger Julianne Douglas said...

I'm a little late, but congratulations and best wishes. I just read Nat Sobel's interview in PW last month. How awesome to have him come courting you!

11:16 PM  

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