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Have seen a certain buzz in the blogosphere about agents surfing the net in search of marketable writers, with subsequent advice for self-censorship about whining about rejections, cold and heartless editors/agents, etc. on personal blogs.
The advice part is good - whining is what mosquitoes do - but the buzz seems to have taken on aspects of an urban legend.
I can see an agent/editor googling a writer's blog AFTER they have become interested in a submission, but the idea of agents so hungry for talent seems, well, ridiculous. Could we have a stiletto observation on this latest version of the film star discovered at Burger King?
Thank you. You delight my days.
Well Bernita my devoted snarkling, does it alarm you to know I read yours?
And there are six people this season alone who wrote blogs and got book deals. It happens. It’s going to happen more often.
Agents and editors cruise around the blogosphere like anyone else. We look for our names. We look for our client's names. We look for gossip about people we know. So if some blogger is yapping about cold cruel heartless Miss Snark, chances are I'm reading it. If you show up on Google, I'll see it.
I think it's a VERY bad idea to whine about people by name if you're posting under your own name, or can be identified. That stuff has a way of coming back to haunt you.
Now, the exception to this is of course if an agent is running a scam, or if someone is holding out promise of results that are statistically unlikely in the extreme. Thus I'm not bothered by posting about the Bookner site, nor about Dorothy Deering nor about those sleaze mills iUniverse et al.
But, if you start posting that Miss Snark is a lamebrain, I assure you, I'll not only see it, seventeen people will email me the link before noon.
I may not be looking for clients when I cruise your site, but I'll see what you're saying.
Suck it up Snarklings.