6.30.2006

Lit agents on Craigs List

Greetings,

Question(s) in regards to postings on Craig's List...

1) Do agents ever comb Craig's List(s) finding posts of would-be published writers who are wanting an agent?

2) Should would-be published writers give credence to Craig's List posts from literary agents/agencies soliciting manuscripts?



No
No

Legit agents usually have their hands full with the slush pile. If they are looking for writers, generally they're looking at actual writing (blogs, short stories online, lit mags etc).

Please do not interpret this as a slam on Craigslist because I am devoted to it for other things-arranging poodle play dates, getting help with computer issues, rants and raves, the free/giveaway section.

5 comments:

Susan Helene Gottfried said...

KY submits to something as lowly as the Poodle Playdate?

Well, THERE goes my mental picture of the pampered pooch!

magz said...

Ah, joy. Another CL-er in the virtual flesh. It's a private dream of mine to someday make a worthy best-of.. and boy it's fun trying.

I'm partial to R & R's internationally, and MC's around the country.

TY, Miss Snark

(hehe, verfwerd: cdogwfgg!)

Brady Westwater said...

Agreed, no real agent is on Craig's List. But there are legit job offers for technical writing, newspaper jobs, etc. - at least in Los Angeles.

But there are also far more scammers.

Anonymous said...

I once saw a Craigs listing of an aspiring writer looking for a patron.

The idea was: Patron gives writer money to finish his/her novel, which will be promptly published.

In return the writer would cheerfully attend patron's social gatherings (doubtless clad in fashionable black),smile as though possessing a really cool secret, and let drop profound observations on life, the universe, and everything to the awed guests.

At signings and NYTimes literary gatherings (huh-what?)the patron could proudly accompany the author, taking full credit for being a supporter of the arts.

Not kidding. It was phrased differently, but amounted to the same.

I don't know if my mail to the person letting him/her know that writers don't do that sort of thing, they're busy writing, and anyway they only ever did that in Doris Day movies (or maybe not) arrived and was heeded.

Anyway, I was laughing too hard to see if the ad was still up a week later. I think it was legit, just something about the phrasing and the way my nitwit detector alarm went off. (Only 8.95 at your local ###*Mart)

The person was in the 212, but one may hope that Miss Snark is spared contact from such a loon unless it involves a pizza delivery.

Laura(southernxyl) said...

"In return the writer would cheerfully attend patron's social gatherings (doubtless clad in fashionable black),smile as though possessing a really cool secret, and let drop profound observations on life, the universe, and everything to the awed guests."

This totally puts me in mind of Edith Wharton's short story Xingu.

MRS. BALLINGER is one of the ladies who pursue Culture in bands, as though it were dangerous to meet alone. To this end she had founded the Lunch Club, an association composed of herself and several other indomitable huntresses of erudition. The Lunch Club, after three or four winters of lunching and debate, had acquired such local distinction that the entertainment of distinguished strangers became one of its accepted functions; in recognition of which it duly extended to the celebrated "Osric Dane," on the day of her arrival in Hillbridge, an invitation to be present at the next meeting.