Dear Miss Snark,
I am a freelance magazine writer and my new hubby has just written his first novel. (He has an MFA in poetry, and yes, a "day job.") Naturally, I think it's brilliant.
A former writing teacher of mine has heard of his reputation as a writer -- they attended the same MFA program, though not at the same time -- but has never read his fiction. She has offered to "introduce" my hubby's novel to her agent. (She has published many wonderful nonfiction books.) Is this a good go? (1)
Are my husband's chances any better with an introduction from a successful client? (2)
Am I just being an annoyance to take up my former teacher on this offer? (3)
How should we proceed? (4)
Will we embarrass ourselves by inviting the former teacher over for a lavish dinner of lamb and Bordeaux?? (5)
I mean, I want to follow all of our options, and I want her to know how much it's appreciated. (And I LOVE dining with fellow writers!) But I don't want it to look as if I think it's quid pro quo, or that it's not simply about the writing.
4. Ask the writing teacher what to do. Normally my clients give me a heads up that something is coming that they like from a friend/colleague. The friend sends the ms with a cover letter that references my client.
5. No, but out to a restaurant is better. Entertaining at home is for personal friends. This is a biz dinner. (or maybe it's done differently outside the 212 cause you have more space. I'd no more let a colleague in this place than I would saute KY for dinner) (KY-damm straight, Miss Snark)