Haven't heard from your agent in a while?

CJ Box tells a hilarious story about not hearing from his first agent in a while.
Then I read this from Robert Dugoni on the Warner Books web site.

yanno, I might have to rethink that advice about "don't worry if you don't hear from me for awhile".


Anonymous said...

This guy suggests reading Stephen King to learn to "master the craft" of writing.
Good grief. Maybe Keanu Reeves can teach us the art of acting, too.

Lady M said...


Or should I just say YUM!

Dugoni is something Savannah could write about and I'd be happy by myself for a couple of hours.


Lady M
Oh... and he was pretty funny, too.

Dave Kuzminski said...

Perhaps, but keep in mind that what you see from actors is generally what the director wanted or chose to use in what you watched. About the only time you see true acting is when it's live.

Lyndyn said...

I actually really enjoyed King's book On Writing and found a lot of value there.

And don't dis ma man Keanu, either! *swoon*

Anonymous said...

You might not care for his subject matter, but King is a master writer.
And I agree -- his book ON WRITING is one of the best books on craft out there.

Kate Pearce said...

I have a first agent story!
I was offered a contract for my first book by a NY agency so I signed it and sent it back and heard...nothing.
Too scared to pick up the phone I eventually emailed and found out that said agent had died the day after he sent me the contract...some suggested it was my steamy sex scenes that did him in.

Mike A. said...

This is both funny and sad. But then again, my friend and fiction writer David Shtogryn had the same thing happen to him last year. I asked him if he could use that as a catch phrase for his future querying "Fiction so Scary it's racking up a body count!" or "My first agent died to bring this book to you!" :)

Anonymous said...

King has a mastery of the craft, without doubt, but what makes him truly outstanding is his understanding of humanity, whether he's writing in the horror genre or not. (You read Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption, right?)
Anyway, lawyers make enough that they can leave their jobs to write. I'm jealous.

December Quinn said...

Couldn't agree more about King, both On Writing and elsewhere. I may not have enjoyed his works over the last few years, but the guy is a great writer.

Besides, he wasn't just suggesting King-he was suggesting "The Green Mile". Don't knock it till you've read it. It's fantastic.

Anonymous said...

A writer friend lent me ON WRITING and my eyebrows shot past my hairline. Shephen King? The horror guy? But I read it and found it so good I decided to get a copy of my own. Now I want to read a couple of his books out of curiosity although I hate the horror genre. So I'll get The Green Mile since I haven't seen the movie and Mr Dugioni recommends it [the book] so highly.

And someone mentioned Shawshank? Was that Stephen King? Daft of me to not know since I loved the movie. I suppose I have misconceptions about the man's work.

Jen said...

Shawshank is Steven King, it's a novella in "Different Seasons". ^_^ I'm not much of a fan of his horror stuff, but Different Seasons and Green Mile were good. ^_^

Anonymous said...

Oh, thanks, jen. I'll look for the novella as well.

Melanie Lynne Hauser. said...

At a previous point in my career, I had two agents who wanted to sign me. It was a tough choice. I was able to visit with one of the agents, and had a wonderful time, thinking she couldn't have been more charming and bubbly. I called her office up to let them know I'd be happy to accept the offer - only to be told that about 5 minutes prior to our meeting she had just been told she had terminal cancer.

Two things happened:

1) She died less than a month later. So I didn't sign with her.

2) I really, REALLY started to question my ability to size people up. Charming and BUBBLY????? How could I not have noticed she must have been a little, um, distracted during our meeting?

Lyndyn said...

Melanie - I imagine that something like finding out that you have terminal cancer takes some time to sink in...denial, I believe, is one of the stages of grief, yes?

She probably really was bubbly and charming - that was her personality and, also, probably very able to compartmentalize.

Anonymous said...

Oh, I can't resist King postings. I recommend The Gunslinger series. It is hands down the best work King has done.
I have On Writing next to my bed, I have highlighted passages out of it. I found it endlessly helpful.
But I must say this at some point I realized I have read all about writing, but I wasn't WRITING!
It's all good to learn about the craft, but one must practice the lessons, therein.
In my humble opinion.