8.09.2006

Rock Around The Clock

Miss Snark,

Just a quick question. When you decide to offer representaion to an author, do you normally only call them during the accepted business hours 8-6 M-F? Or if they have previously stated to "Call anytime," do you sometimes call in the evening at say 9 or 10 PM, or on the weekend?

A Snarkling forever,



I will be calling you at 5am MY time and by dog you better be up, have run five miles uphill coming and going; be showered and shaved (whatever you shave!); and, eating a nutritious breakfast of muselix and prune juice or by DOG the deal is off.

Oh wait, no no...Miss Snark is enrolled in Armani not the Army.


I call you during business hours unless it's clear that you're working and only available after hours. Then I call you after hours. Actual clients on the other hand hear from me at all sorts of horrifying hours.

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

I snorted beer out my nose when I read your latest additions. You are ever so snarky today!

It amazes me how bitchy people are when they are asking for information from royalty.

I would name my firstborn Miss Snark, if I didn't already have 3 little rugrats slobbering on my computer.

Brady Westwater said...

My third agent called me at 11 PM on Saturday night, said he had finished my script - and that he had to sign me. I considered that a pre-empt I
could not refuse and never regreted my decision to sign with him.

nut said...

Wait a minute, your royal highness. I'll stay up around the clock, waiting for your call, I'll shave my head, if you order me to, but please, not muselix with prune juice! That's MAJOR diarrhea. Now prunes stuffed with wallnuts, dipped in sour cream and chilled... Yum. Of course, that causes diarrhea too, but its totally worth it.

Talia Mana said...

Your THIRD agent Brad? Did the first two die of natural causes?

Honestly I don't care when an agent calls me. If they love my ms and plan to get me a zillion dollar advance they can call at 2am, they can call at 8am, they can even call me Fred. I'm always in the market to have someone phone and tell me they love my book and just have to sign me!

slobbit said...

*blinks*

As for me, I wouldn't care if I was drowning in the throes of passion with my beloved at o'dark-hundred. If the agent is calling with an offer of representation, I'm stopping the train and answering the damn phone. Who gives a fig about the time?

Jane Lebak said...

So Miss Snark, do your actual clients return your phone calls at all sorts of horrifying hours too?

"O Aweful Agent My Beloved, I couldn't sleep, so I started reworking the first three chapters, and you're going to love the changes I've made."
"I'm sure I will. FedEx me your still-beating heart in a box and I'll get back to you after my fifth cup of coffee."

kitty said...

You can call me anytime -- or you can call me Kitty.

As long as you

Call me, don't be afraid, you can call me
Maybe it's late but just call me
Tell me and I'll be around


(One of the golden-oldies from my misspent youth:)

Lord of Pumice said...

I only care about the time because I don't want to get that surge of hope if I see an odd phone number show up on my caller ID at 7 PM. Otherwise I don't really care either.

Nobody said...

Citation from the Department Of The Obvious: 8 comments, 2 musical allusions, and not one person quoting Blondie yet? Peeps. Peeps.

jude calvert-toulmin said...

For so long I've been thinking, "I really like this woman, she's my kinda gal" and then I read this:

> I will be calling you at 5am MY time and by dog you better be up, have run five miles uphill coming and going; be showered and shaved (whatever you shave!); and, eating a nutritious breakfast of muselix and prune juice or by DOG the deal is off.

...and my gob started gradually slackening in disbelief.

Nice one Mademoiselle La Snarkette ;) Ya got me :)

Manic Mom said...

Miss Snark is enrolled in Armani not the Army...

I laughed out loud when I read this line!

Cara said...

Once I had a love and it was a gas

Soon turned out had a heart of glass

Seemed like the real thing, only to find

Mucho mistrust, love's gone behind

magz said...

Anytime's fine Yer Snarkoffugus.. just zombie-crack my IP, type in 'follow the white rabbit' and I'll hang the dang computer up!
(Incredibly slow dialup ISP here, and just 1 rural phoneline)

Chumplet said...

I work during the day, and last week the answering machine at home was on the fritz. I was on pins and needles until I finally got it to work. I hope I didn't miss the call!!!

Carrie said...

Snarkoffugus? How about Snarkleupagus? Neither seem very flattering, but there could be a song here.

Sal said...

Nobody said...

Citation from the Department Of The Obvious: 8 comments, 2 musical allusions, and not one person quoting Blondie yet? Peeps. Peeps.

Rock around the clock.

Ever heard of Bill Haley, whippersnapper?

Annie Dean said...

I got my offer via e-mail first and she asked me when it would be convenient for her to call so we could chat a bit, do some Q&A before making it official.

Deschanel said...

"Hangin' on the Telephone" is one of my FAVE Blondie songs!