Subscribing to Twitter is of benefit to those who would like to follow the rocky road to publishing without falling in the potholes.
It's free. Agents tweet about what they're not looking for, what they hate in a query, or if they're closed to submissions so don't get on the black list by submitting.
There's now an app for that, available for free from iTunes. Download it to your iPhone. Literary agent Laurie Abkemeier's pithy tweets in all their Apple-organized glory can be found with a flick of the finger.
Under the name "Agent Obvious", Ms. Abkemeier has offered advice on Twitter with a touch of humor. If you have next to no idea how to approach an agent, what goes in a query letter, or you're curious about the publishing industry, you don't have to sort through old tweets to find the nugget of wisdom you need.
Don't own an iPod or an iPhone to dowload the app to? Not to worry. The price keeps dropping as competition heats up and new technology replaces old yet serviceable models.
On the other hand, you can go into your Twitter account and sort through Ms. Abkemeier's tweets manually. When you can't afford to pay someone to do the work, you just have to do it yourself.