Miss Snark -
When receiving a proposal from an author - how common is it that you receive a small gift w/ it (one that relates to the book being proposing)? Some how to books recommend sending something, but I feel silly doing it and wonder if it seems to the agent as "brown nosing" ... I'm very interested in knowing the answer to this... please help.
Which books say to do this?
I want chapter and verse, op cit, ibid and fuckwit.
This is stupid.
Don't do it.
Don't even think about doing it.
There is nothing that marks you as an amateur faster than this. Well...glitter and pink unicorns but those tend to arrive with novels not proposals.
Update: The original questioner wrote back. The reference is in Michael Larson's How To Write a Book Proposal. Without verifying the exact wording I don't want to say it's utter crap, but let's just leave it at this: don't do this.