and some of it
Miss Snark is genteely horrified of course.
My faves are along the lines of
"you're an agent and you have time to
1. do this;
Implicit in that is of course the idea that agents are
busy busy busy.
Miss Snark realizes this is propaganda perpetuated by
Anywhere you look (or at least anywhere the Snarkettes have looked)
is some form of "agents are busy people, don't bother them,
don't waste their time".
Well, here's the news.
Agents are no busier than say..waitresses.
Auto mechanics. Reporters.
Doctors. Mothers of small infants.
Sure we're busy.
But yanno, it's not like we're saving lives here.
Or feeding helpless infants.
Or fixing Fords.
Or slapping down grits 'n eggs and a cuppa joe.
The idea that agents are too busy to be bothered is crap.
We're never too busy to sign a contract, negotiate a deal
or return a phone call from Disney. Trust me. NEVER.
"Agents are busy people"
is code for
"don't expect a publishing tutorial".
"Agents are busy people" means we don't WANT to spend time
talking to you about things you should already know.
It's like asking your college math teacher to help you
with long division. If you don't know long division by the time
you get to college, you need a different kind of help.
If you don't know about publishing by the time you get to me,
you need to get to work and learn the basics.
There's no shortage of people to tell you about it,
websites to look at and books to buy.
Ya we're busy. But we're busy doing the stuff we WANT to do.
Like dream up ways to disguise well written literary fiction as "relentlessly commercial".
And new words for memoir.
And of course, you can have an indepth, at length,
no holds barred publishing tutorial starting NOW
if you are George Clooney. Or Denzel