Nathan Bransford

Nathan Bransford – Editor

Former literary agent, published author, creator of award-winning blog for writers. Has worked with NY Times bestsellers.


As a former literary agent and a published author, I combine a publishing insider's knowledge with the first-hand experience of writing novels that found successful publication. I enjoy helping authors bring out their best work with a positive and collaborative approach.

At Curtis Brown Ltd., I represented a wide range of authors and literary estates, including Barry Gifford, Lisa Brackmann, Jennifer Hubbard, and the estates of Winston Churchill, Lawrence Durrell, Gerald Durrrell, and John Godey. As a writer, I am the author of the JACOB WONDERBAR series and HOW TO WRITE A NOVEL, which bestselling author Ransom Riggs called “The best how-to-write-a-novel book I've read."

I started blogging in 2007 and my blog has consistently been named one of the 101 Best Websites for Writers by Writers Digest. I'm dedicated to helping authors write what they love, navigate the publishing process, and successfully market their books. Looking forward to working with you!
Historical Fiction Humor & Comedy Mystery & Crime Thriller & Suspense Young Adult
English (UK) English (US)
  • 101 Best Websites for Writers by Writers Digest

Work experience


Nov, 2010 — Present

Helping authors with consultations, edits, query critiques, brainstorming, and more.

Curtis Brown Ltd.

Sep, 2002 — Nov, 2010 (about 8 years)

Represented a roster of 20 clients and literary estates across children's and adult literature and nonfiction.


The most important thing to know about writing a novel is this: You can do it. And if you've already written one, you can write an even better one. Author and former literary agent Nathan Bransford shares his secrets for creating killer plots, fleshing out you... read more
She cracks the FBI's toughest supernatural crimes, from Chicago's windy streets and beyond, into the next world. But a malevolent force now has her reputation--and her team--in its sights. . .Jackie Rutledge has faced down everything from the darkest sorcery t... read more
A cripplingly funny satire about how politicians can manipulate us when we stop thinking for ourselves — and the great harm they can unleash using a book no one has read.All that Patros Patranobis wants is to be left alone – to live his ordinary, unremarkable ... read more

Natalie W.

Transparent’s Fiona McClean could be a superhero. She has a mutation that allows her to become invisible. But her father, a Las Vegas crime lord, forces her to use her power for evil. Since she was five, she’s been stealing cars, robbing banks, and spying on p... read more
A dark and provocative novel from the author of The Secret Year Ryan spends most of his time alone at the local waterfall because it's the only thing that makes him feel alive. He's sixteen, post-suicidal, and trying to figure out what to do with himself after... read more
The Secret Year

Jennifer H.

Colt and Julia were secretly together for a year, and no one ever knew, not even Julia's boyfriend. Why would they-they were from two different crowds. Julia lived in her country club world and Colt . . . didn't. Then Julia dies in a car accident. Colt is deva... read more
American mom and Baptist church lady Becky Ramsey moves to France knowing her family’s life will change, but her faith? Why would it? Then a quirky new friend gives her a holy card she found at the flea market and soon Becky finds herself on an accidental pilg... read more

Lisa B.

Michelle Mason tells herself she’s on vacation. A brief stay in the Mexican resort town of Puerto Vallarta. It’s a chance to figure out her next move after the unexpected death of her banker husband, who’s left behind a scandal and a pile of debt. The trip was... read more
American Iraq War veteran Ellie Cooper is down and out in Beijing when a chance encounter with a Uighur—a member of a Chinese Muslim minority—at the home of her sort-of boyfriend Lao Zhang turns her life upside down. Lao Zhang disappears, and suddenly multiple... read more
The joyful, bold New York Times bestseller. Look for the sequel, Shadowhouse Fall, out 9/12! "Magnificent." --Holly Black, New York Times Book Review "A must." --Kirkus Reviews, starred review "Exceptional." --Publishers Weekly, starred review Sierra Santiago ... read more
Jacob Wonderbar must have hit a time warp on his way home after losing the election for President of the Universe, because fifty years have passed on Earth. What's worse, during that time the entire Astral society has come under threat of destruction, and it's... read more
Presidential campaigns are all fun and games until someone threatens to blow up your home planet When Jacob Wonderbar receives a message that he's been nominated for President of the Universe, he, Sarah Daisy, and Dexter immediately return to space. But Jacob'... read more
Out-of-this-world antics in this hysterical middle-grade adventure! Sixth-grader Jacob Wonderbar is a master when it comes to disarming and annihilating substitute teachers. But when he and his best friends, Sarah and Dexter, swap a spaceship for a corn dog, t... read more

Nathan has 16 reviews





Nkaze C.

Nkaze C.

Jan, 2023

Superb work!
Elisse G.

Elisse G.

May, 2022

If you've read Nathan's informative (and hilarious) blogs or book, it's easy to see why he's such a stellar editor. He's masterful at articulating both global and line edits, along with what's needed to craft a captivating query letter. Nathan's written feedback is well-structured and constructive, and our follow-up conversation was both helpful and motivating. I highly recommend Nathan!
Christopher F.

Christopher F.

Apr, 2022

Nathan was great to work with and provided clear and insightful edits and recommendations for my query letter. He's given me the confidence to submit queries knowing I've got the right structure and tone to put my work in its best light.
Matt T.

Matt T.

Aug, 2021

Nathan has unparalleled experience and sharp insights that will force any author to take a step back and reflect on his work. He told me what I needed to hear in order to improve my story. His comments are thoughtful, and they are attached to his inherent wit and kindness, which makes them easy to process. It was a pleasure to have spoken with him, and I’m sincerely grateful for the opportunity.
Marci R.

Marci R.

Feb, 2021

I've gotten so much out of my experience with Nathan. He is professional, approachable, and knowledgeable. Nathan really digs into the roots of a project and determines the best way to help a writer grow, not just with a particular project, but with writing overall. I highly recommend Nathan!