Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Just Say No

The Blogging Literary Agent (Bliterary Agent? Obliterary Agent?) Janet Reid has gleefully discovered a new way to reject you. See how in a post entitled "My New Approach to Rejection Letters."

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Yawn. Actually I really wonder about agents who blog. Did you notice that it's a pretty small group of them who do. Of those who do, most are specialized, as in womens/Christian/childrens books. I don't know, but I don't want to have an agent who blogs. I want to have an agent who schmoozes editors and writes excellent proposals and is fantastic at sales and is a regular at Michael's. He or she doesn't even have to be well read, but my dream agent should know great writing and know how to sell it. Even if he or she gets bored with it by page 10. It's not their job to love the product, it's their job to make the deals.

I don't have a blog myself, and I don't want to have an agent who expects me to blog. I hate author websites and I almost never read them. I don't care about all that cutsie information and chatty updates. By far the worst are the "literary" author sites that list or feature positive reviews of the author's work. I know this is a business where we have to constantly push for recognition, but if we're talking about high art, I think that pushing good reviews of your work is in very poor taste. Did you notice that most of the really big time literary authors don't even have web sites at all? That's how it should be.

bookfraud said...

belum?

feh.

Gloria, Writer Reading said...

Belum sounds like the agent rejection equivalent to "I have a headache dear. Later," in a sexual relationship. Because we all know that underneath it all, the agent-writer relationship is a romance. Hey, LROD, I'm a blogger you know well. I just shut down my old blog and reappeared under a new identity in the Blogger Witness Protection Program. Don't guess. Just know I'm a friend.

Writer, Rejected said...

Intriguing!
TIV? Quiob? That you?

Gloria, Writer Reading said...

TIV. Hush.

rmellis said...

Sheesh. "No" has worked so well all these years.