A Snarkling is plotting his next move:
Dear Miss Snark: Do you or other agents you know ever surf through writer's blogs or places like Publishers Marketplace writer posting/blogs to find good offerings or are you busy with what you receive in the mail and with referrals? Is it worth the money to invest in this, especially featuring me sections? Thanks ...a fan
yes and no.
I read a couple writers blogs regularly.
Jennifer Weiner, who is represented elsewhere, very capably.
Jamie Boud, who isn't
Ron at Beatricewho is
Charlie Stella, who is.
But, I read almost all of those cause I either knew the writer first, or cause someone else told me it was great. I REGULARLY check out the blogs listed on the blog rolls over at Sarah's blog, and at Secret Dead Blog.
I slink over to the blogs of people who link to this one; that is I zip over and if it's interesting I hang out. If it's full of just personal angst or a diatribe about the futility of publishing, I zoom off to something pithier after a quick scan.
So yes, I read things. What I don't do is hunt for clients. I've never solicited anyone from a blog. That said, I've sold things to editors who found my clients work in online collections, or on my Publisher's Marketplace rights listings.
I don't read the writers offerings at Publishers Marketplace. (Sorry Michael...and after that nice mention yesterday too...)
The rule is always: write well, and do everything you can to get your writing out. The most effective way is to be published by a reputable journal like The Paris Review, or The New Yorker. Short story anthologies are great. Even chapters at online sites..all good.
And this is only my opinion. There could be a great scrum of editors searching the listings night and day, and I wouldn't know about it. Try it. See if it's effective. Like all placements though, you've got to plan for the long haul. You can't give up after a week.