We all scream for ice cream
In response to the "firing your agent" post:
I "fired" an agent who never sold a thing for me (and who spelled my name wrong on submissions to publishers -- and who actually had an assistant do the pitching, though I was given the impression that Agent would be doing it).
I consulted with my lawyer, followed protocol, and terminated. I did not use any unpleasant language, and, indeed, wished Agent well.
I then received a phone call from my now ex-agent, in which I was yelled at, accused, called names, and hung up on.
After spending many days in terror that I would be black-listed in the wake of Agent's fury, I settled down and was simply thankful that I could at last move on.
What the heck? Surely this isn't a normal response?
There are six reasons to scream at a client:
1. Client's hair is on fire;
2. Client has stepped into traffic on Third Avenue, forgetting it goes both directions at 14th Street;
3. Client has won the Edgar and the applause makes it hard to hear;
4. Client has swilled the very very last bottle of gin;
5. Client is getting ready to sit upon chair that is occupied by a reptile; or
6. Client has eloped with George Clooney.
You'll notice none of those involve your manuscript. Or your contract.
Of COURSE this isn't normal. This is rude, hostile and if I may say, indicative of a person lacking impulse control and social skills.
There are three things you can do:
Post this agent's name and your experience on every writers blog you can find;
Tell the agent to fuck off and die;
I vote for two out of three.