7.15.2006

Agents outside the 212

O Great Snark,

I've searched the Snarkives--but if you've answered this before I will immediately assume the nitwit position.

Should I limit my search for an agent to those working in the 212? Does an agent based in Los Angeles or Washington, DC or Boston for instance, really have the same access and clout as agents in NYC?

Thanks for all your Snarking...



Oh you should definitely limit your search to the 212. Make sure you never query that deeply suspect Agent Kristin in Denver. I mean...

Ow! Ow! Why is my hair on fire?

-bolt of lightning, sound of Angel Chorus, voice of Great Agent in the Sky-

GAS: Miss Snark, my pretty, make sure you know the writer understands Snarkasm when you say such outrageous things

MS: but but...it's a nitwit question Your Gaseousness. I mean..I have a LINK to Agent Kristin right -----> there

GAS: yes, but people sometimes only get your little blog via RSS. They may not know about the links

MS: but but...anyone who reads Publishers Marketplace would know Agent Kristin is one of the most effective agents working today

GAS: the writer didn't ask the PM now did he?? noooo.. he asked you. Now behave before I tell Mr. Clooney you've been turned into a frog

MS: ok ok. You don't have to get in such a solid state over this.

"No, you don't need an agent in the 212. You need an effective agent. Geography isn't a factor."


GAS: that's better. As penance you'll be picking up the check next time Agent Kristin comes to town. Wednesday will be just fine. Now get back to work. You have 15 partials to read today.


--Crash of thunderbolt,
Angel Chorus singing "fi! fi! Miss Snarkanian, why".

28 comments:

Nut said...

Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha... Whoops, I think I cracked my left cheak (don't ask which).

Ms Snark, if you write your book, we'll each buy several copies.

Yeah, it is in the snarkives somewhere... about a month, or two ago.

Anonymous said...

I love it.

Manic Mom said...

A best-selling author once told me you should have an agent in NYC just because of the face-to-face contacts she or he would have.

I wasn't so sure about it, and am glad you mentioned this.

Julie Leto said...

Just wanted to add that my agent is in Los Angeles. She flies to the 212 when necessary (or when not necessary as she loves it) but she's been incredibly effective for me. I've noticed absolutely no downside. In fact, the upside is that if I tell her I'll send her something, say, on Monday, I have three extra hours Monday morning (EST) to get it to her by the time she goes to the office.

Battlerocker said...

Hilarious. Very nice answer.

Kirsten said...

You don't have to get in such a solid state over this.

LOLOL

Susan Helene Gottfried said...

Hope Agent Kristin is too jet-lagged to be hungry!

M. G. Tarquini said...

Oh, dear. I've popped a bra snap.

lizzie26 said...

Thanks, Miss Snark. I needed a laugh this morning. Great writing!

But don't people realize that this is the age of email and cell phones and planes that go whoosh in the sky?

Feisty said...

It's a good thing we have His Gaseousness to keep Miss Snark in check. If she was allowed to say, oh, everything that she was thinking, I'm sure there'd be more than lightning bolts shooting down from the sky.

bonniers said...

Oh, my. That's priceless, Miss Snark! You've outdone even your usual magnificence.

Robin L. said...

That should have come with a beverage warning!

Nessie said...

i second the greatness miss snark

robert sawyers website talks about this issue. he would disagree. check out what he has to say at
http://www.scifiwriter.com

he is also another great source for info and if you write him emails is great with responding and encouraging (though not as funny as MS here). he gave some great advice on canadian writers and getting american agents (pros & cons)

Dave Kuzminski said...

The title of this blog ought to be warning enough that a separate "beverage alert" isn't necessary. ;)

Bonnie Calhoun said...

ROFLOL!!!You aughta' be a writer! That was great comedy! LOL!

Chris said...

For those of us new to the blog (and aren't aspiring to be published), could someone kindly explain what "the 212" is, exactly? Ta!

Atyllah said...

Ah Ms Snark - a chicken can relate to a girl like you. You've perked up my day no end, just when I thought humanity was devoid of a funny bone! *cackle*

Anonymous said...

My agent is in sunny Florida. Not only does she frequently visit New York (AND Illinois AND California AND other places where publishers have set up shop OUTSIDE Manhattan) - she watches the waves roll in right along with my royalty checks. Talk about the best of both worlds.

lizzie26 said...

Chris--"212" is the NYC area code.

Me said...

SSSSHHHHH! Don't tell. I want them all to myself!

lizzie26 said...

Ah,don't worry, Me. Chris said he/she wasn't aspiring to be published. There are enough good agents in NYC to go around anyway. : )

Bella Stander said...

There are wonderful agents all over the country, outside of the 212: Kristin Nelson in Denver, as cited; also Ted Weinstein in San Francisco; Jim Hornfischer in Austin; Deborah Grosvenor in D.C. I could go on and on.

And--surprise!--there are publishers all over the country too, e.g., Chronicle Books in San Fran., Graywolf in MN, Unbridled Books in CO, Algonquin Books in NC, Rodale in PA, etc.

archer said...

212 is NOT the NYC area code. 212 is the MANHATTAN area code, as in "Inwood Park? You live THERE?" "Yeah, well, it's still 212."

Imported Manhattanites (most Manhattanites south of about 96th Street are imported) don't believe in the outer boroughs, and think Yankee Stadium and Giants Stadium are located in Central Park somewhere, even though Yankee Stadium is located in 714 and Giants Stadium in 973. New York natives don't care about any of this.

Lisa Pulliam said...

Why don't I learn? I shouldn't drink liquid while read this blog. I'm on the verge of frying my computer.

Miss Snark said...

Yankee Stadium is in Da Bronx. 718.
714 is Orange County California. I don't need to remind you that some people in other parts of the 718 are sensitive about NY teams being ...ahem...relocated...to SoCal.



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archer said...

You mean THAT's why all those people keep hanging up on me?

Corn Dog said...

I don't drink while reading Miss Snark and now I don't eat. I made the serious mistake of spraying cottage cheese on my screen while I was har haring at a snarky comment. Rules! There must be rules when reading Miss Snark - no drinking OR eating. Save your computer equipment. Run for the door with that bowl of ice cream.

v word: doimaont - some sort of dominatrix that is your aunt?

Anonymous said...

Hey nessie:

"robert sawyers website talks about this issue. he would disagree. check out what he has to say at
http://www.scifiwriter.com"

Umm... this website shows some land for sale in PA, a list of services you could hire the dude for, and blank webpages. Do you perhaps have another address to share? Perhaps a subsection of this main site name? I could go looking for it myself, I suppose, but I'm too busy recovering from Miss Snark's followup to Snark: The Musical.