Part of my job requires knowing what readers want to see on the shelves, while seeking out new projects; meanwhile balancing the need be constantly aware of current publishing trends, maintaining agency duties, and keeping up with the general day-to-day publishing news. This takes a fair share of time for any agent.
Besides Publishers Marketplace (which I use heavily), there is another fantastic site, known as Publishing Trends, worth browsing and subscribing to. I particularly love their Annual Publishing Trends report last year. I’m linking to it below, and encourage everyone to add it to their bookmarked sites.
2008 Publishing Trends – published in Oct. 2008. I’m definitely looking forward to seeing the 2009 report.