5.18.2006

Nitwit of the Day!

Dear Miss Snark:

I've heard of agents and publishers Googling prospective authors' names to see if they can turn up any information about that person.

Well, today I decided to search the Internet to see what someone looking for information about me would turn up. Much to my surprise, the first thing to pop up was a news story about a California criminal who happens to share my name. Other people who share myname include a soldier, a Hollywood businessman, an improv musician, an editor for a telecom newsletter, a fictitious character in a British horror movie, and many others. Clearly, some of these characters would have a better shot at publication than others.

How do people who do their research on Google go about weeding through these results? Would the petty thief with the same name as me hurt my chances at getting published?

"Nervous Nitwit"



Ya, agents are so feeble-minded that when they google "nervous nitwit" and get 129,000 hits, they know it's ALL about you babe.

Ya think maybe agents have figured out that there is more than one Nervous Nitwit in the world and maybe they throw in an extra search term like "feeble minded" or "book" or something from your query letter?

Nahh...we get 129,000 hits that say you're fictional, and a thief, and a worst of all..a musician, you're toast.

24 comments:

Anonymous said...

I google my name and I am The Black Dahlia.

Anonymous said...

In addition to being a writer, I'm a dancer, Ph.D., real estate agent, triathalete, and an international karate champion. I haven't committed any crimes. Yet.

M. G. Tarquini said...

I'm nobody but myself and an Italian race car driver who drives an mg.

Also found out I'm on CrimeSpot today.

http://www.crimespot.net/Spotted/

Scroll way down to the bottom and squint.

Pepper Smith said...

I come up as someone who recommends books on Amazon.com, an artist, a teacher in Texas, a little girl who sings in Utah, another girl who models in a catalogue, an author, and a number of dead people, as well as a few pedigree dogs. Gee, I wonder which is me?

Anonymous said...

Surprisingly, I'm the only one with my actual name. But if you use the common misspelling (how the name is usually spelled), I am, among other things, an associate producer, a graphic designer, and a police officer who was killed in a car accident.

Ig said...

Oh, the joys of being highly googlable.

Here's something neat--google "Nitwit of the Day".

Cheryl Mills said...

I'm a lawyer from the Clinton administration.

M. G. Tarquini said...

Here's something neat--google "Nitwit of the Day".

I'm afraid to, Ig. The first entry might be my blog.

December Quinn said...

I'm just me under both my names, but with this one I get lots of sentence fragments. Like "in December. Quinn said, blah blah blah."

I'm so jealous, Anon #1! (Or should I call you Elizabeth?)

NL Gassert said...

Wait. If you know that agents and editor do google searches, why isn’t your website showcasing your writing among the ones they find?!

djt said...

My name is shared with both an editor and a how-to author. Lovely.

bonniers said...

I have never had the nerve to google my name.

Anonymous said...

"Correction" for Miss Snark. If you google "nervous nitwit" you only get 51,300 hits (not 129,000). I assure you that none of them relate to me! (Well, at least as of today).

General note: My name is so common, that if you google it, you get 6,440,000 hits! The first two pages have everything from the ubiqitous real estate agent to a Christian ministries page. Also university staff, a UK author, a US author writing financial stuff (which I can't understand), 2 dead people and--KY pay attention-- a dog breeder! All on just the first 2 pages.

And my web page is not yet up (which reminds me to get out my cattle prod for that nitwit I hired to help me do that).

Inkwolf said...

Uh-oh...my name comes up on an 8-year-old petition not to cancel Animaniacs. I'm screwed, aren't I?

pjd said...

Did all of you put your name in quotes or just google it without quotation marks?

I apparently am a dead homosexual British character actor, as well as the little brother of a Chancellor of the Exchequer of England in the 1500s.

All I know is, both of those are WAY more interesting than the real me. (But being non-dead, I'd rather stay the real me, for now at least.)

Watercolorz said...

Well, well, well…

It appears I show up under my secret identity having signed a petition to return the Simpsons to both a 5 pm and a 6 pm time slot 6 years ago.

I couldn't make that up ~W

jude calvert-toulmin said...

According to the sitemeter stat reports on my blog (my favourite tea-break reading matter) I get hits from people googling my name all the time. But then there's only one of me in the world. Thank God, some may say.

I don't google my name any more. It's like car crash TV, to be viewed through slackly interlaced fingers whilst grimacing.

One of my friends said she was recently given a (dire) fantasy time travel novel about a bloke who bonks his way through medieval history. The book was notable only because the protagonist has exactly the same forename, middle name and surname as her husband.

Snigger.

Amra Pajalic said...

I'm the only one out there but scarily every single comment I've made on blogs show up. Really makes me think about what I should say.

Anonymous said...

My name doesn't come up at all which means I am a nobody which is pretty much on the mark. However, it is better to be a nobody than a somebody related to the Clinton (or any other politician's) administration -especially a lawyer. -JTC

Anonymous said...

I am the only one with my first name/surname combination. Everybody with my surname is a more or less distant relative.
That is kind of scary. Some of the posts google links to are from my baby days on the net.
I'm officially considering a pseudonym now.

Just Me said...

I have a really unusual first name - I've never met anyone who shares it, only ever heard of two other people who do. Unfortunately, one of them shares my surname (also fairly rare) as well. She was a B-movie soft-porn actress in the 1960s.

The kicker is that I'm also an actress. Fortunately, she's enough older than me to lessen the chance of people mixing us up. And over the past few weeks I've been slowly bumping her off the first page of Google :-).

Jaime Smith said...

A Native American author shares my name, so 9/10 of the hits that come up on Google have to do with her books.

My blog comes up first though!

I will be changing my last name soon to the more common "Smith" since I'm getting married in July though. That will definitely increase my number of identities.

Anonymous said...

I'm Batgirl - don't think anyone can beat that. Well, okay, I'm Oracle, nowadays.
I'm also a Canadian author of an addiction memoir, and although I haven't checked this on google, I share a name AND a birthdate with a convicted felon - only my middle initials saved me that time.
-Barbara

Anonymous said...

I just googled myself, thank the lord, the first hit was actually something involving me....now I know who I am.

However I also share my name with several dead people, about 6000 churches, one justice of the peace and a tv star.