1.15.2006

Offer Offer!

I'm confused, Miss Snark. You said ' those who tell you they have an offer ... I almost always pass. I do this particularly if I haven't gotten around to reading the novel.'

Do you mean you pass when a writer you're considering has an offer from another agent ... not an offer of an actual sale? I can understand an agent thinking, "Well, she's got a solid offer for representation, and I'm feeling iffy on her work, plus I'm busier than a one-legged man in a butt-kickin' contest."

But how would you react to an author who e-mails, "Have offer to buy -- need agent to work out the details!" ... especially if the MS in question is one you are currently reviewing?


Excellent point. I meant to convey that if an author writes to say s/he has an offer from another agent, I generally respond quickly and it's almost always a pass (with best wishes for a huge success) particularly if I haven't read the novel yet.

An offer to be published is, as Dr. Doolittle said (uh, I mean the gatekeeper in the Emerald City of course), a horse of a different color. THEN you've got my attention. That's not an automatic pass at all.

Thanks for helping me clarify.

6 comments:

Brady Westwater said...

Little hard to tell who is saying what to whom when in this post...

Miss Snark said...

ok, I fiddled with it a bit. Does it help?

Mark said...

Yes. An offer publication will get one an agent every time or close to it. That's an easier deal than "help me sell this project." or so I would think.

Christine said...

Thanks for that clarification. My original question was actually about an offer for publication, my bad for not stating it more clearly. The offer is from my first publisher, that I don't really need an agent to work with.

The agent in question has my partial for two weeks and nary a word. For that, she gets the heave ho.

Anonymous said...

Dr. Doolittle didn't say "horse of a different color". That was from "The Wizard of Oz". The horse was in Munchkin land when Dorothy first got there.

Sorry, Miss Snark, you're awesome, but you were wrong about that. However, I agree with absolutely everything else on this site. Rock on.

Anonymous said...

The "gatekeeper" addition was the best laugh I've had all day. Was feeling a little depressed about ever getting published and therefore about my purpose on this Earth...
You're snarkiness always boosts my spirits. When I get published (must project positivity to the Universe) I'm putting Miss Snark in my acknowledgements!