2.02.2007

Looking for an SFF agent?

One of my colleagues has a blog.
It's pretty good. No where near Snarky enough, but probably he's MUCH nicer than Miss Snark because he lives in Cable Car City.


He lists science fiction among the books he represents. And he takes e-queries (cause he thinks those of us who don't are old fogies----and he's RIGHT!!).

23 comments:

SurfGrape said...

Oh, man, that guy is going to get slammed with queries. I noticed in the crapometers that many, many of the snarklings write SF/F. Nathan, brace yourself!

takoda said...

I agree with surfgrape. So why not save everyone a heap of time and just cut and paste the Happy Hooker crap onto his blog? You know it's just going to trickle in anyway.

**grin**

DeadlyAccurate said...

He's also a member of the Absolute Write boards and has a Guest Agent thread: http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums
/showthread.php?t=53863

I hope we don't chase him off.

B.E. Sanderson said...

He was nice enough to wander by my blog and comment, so I checked out his blog. He's got some smart information and he seems like a good guy. I hope he doesn't get inundated with queries now, though. I wouldn't wish the junkmail you agents get on anyone.

BuffySquirrel said...

SFF agents run away when they see sqrls coming. Must be all those news stories about Evil Mutant Squirrels. Not that any of them have ever been caught in possession of a laptop, but, yanno, mud sticks.

matt said...

Our fair Snark... a blessing and a curse?

Mark said...

He is right. You could dispense with people much easier and cost effective, while saving trees. It's your call.

Torrey Meeks said...

Here's what I want to know: How the hell is it Friday already?

Shit.

jim said...

Seems like a good cat.

He mentions he's going to be at the San Francisco Writers Conference in Feb. The cost to attend this conference is $595 - any thoughts on if this is a worthy conference to attend, for day-job workin', currently unpublished writers such as myself?

kaytie said...

He's very generous with his time and gracious with his answers, too.

BernardL said...

Thanks for the information. He's right across the Bay from me.

J said...

I'm tickled that buffysquirrel has an abbreviation for squirrels. Because... she uses that word so much? Well, the username shoulda been a clue :)

Sha'el, Princess of Pixies said...

I'm totally confused. I thought Curtis Brown was an agency in the UK with offices in Australia.

This is not the same Curtis Brown agency? Or this is its American cousin?

And is he a nice guy? I don't want my personal email finding its way to his blog. That happened to me once. I didn't like it. I'd never query that agency or that agent again. Ever. If they were the only agency on earth, I'd self-publish before I sought representation by them again. Both she and her employer earned my everlasting enmity.

If I had nerves of steel and talent I'd start my own publishing company. (I know this is off topic. You can stop reading now, but I'm going to continue writing.)

I'd publish SF/Fantasy and gorgeously illustrated books. I'd go bankrupt in the first year. I know it. But, at least for a few days, I'd be in the position to thumb through my index of secret identities and phone Snarky and say, "Hey, Woman! I need quality Fantasy from you. You need to get over your reluctance to rep. it and send me some. As one former {insert location} to another ... For old times sake ... Because of that night in a {insert name of city} when we stacked empty Gin bottles on a bar and {insert untoward activity here}. How 'bout it?

And Snarky, in her most Snarky way, would say, "Do you take books about Squirrels? Pixies? Talking dogs? There's a woman trying to sell a series based on the Land of Oz and what it's really like. And I know this W. E. Goat fella ... "

I'd have to say, "I don't do Goats unless they're really cute, but send me the squirl and pixie stuff. What about this Oz thing? Check it out for me and get back to me."

To which Snarkie (Ya I know I changed forms here) would reply, "I'll send you Mr. Goat's photos when I send the squirrel and pixie stuff. The Oz stuff is about fairies gone wild. I think it might interest British readers more than American readers, but I'll check it out for you."

Then as an aside I'd ask, "Did you know that Ann and Victoria had traffic on their web site from someone looking nude photos of martha ivery?

"No way in heck!" Snark would exclaim. To which I'd as fervrently reply, "It's on their blog!"

"I'll drink to that!" Snarkie would say.

"Good," I'll say back. "I'll meet you at that place on Concord Street. You know the one? It's the one hidden by the abandoned factory building just after you get off the bridge."

"Ya, I remember," she'll say. "Is the secret password the same?"

"No. They changed it to the phrase 'The Green Lantern's Sister doesn't wear any.'"

"Any what?"

"How would I know. I don't know her. But that's the new entry phrase."

"Now, about this Oz thing ... "

And so it would go, until I went out of business. Then I could call myself a retired publisher or apply to TOR for a job based on my publishing experience. Except from reading their blogs I'm afraid I'd lose what ever of sanity I possess if I worked there. I like what they publish though ....

Umm what else, now that I've gone wild with this idea? Oh, ya. I'd sit at my desk waiting for mean agent number 1 to submit, and then I'd tell her, "Okay, babe. Here's the deal. I like this. I like it a lot. I just don't like you. Get back to me on Tuesday."

And lemme see ... Okay, I'd also be open to semi-bribes. I mean, I wouldn't actually publish trash, but I'd let agents submit it to me for a good lunch. Steak Dianne, English Trifle with extra brandy, and very hot, very black coffee. Followed by a Beer. Forget that Champagne stuff. I want a good New Zealand Beer.

And, and ... umm I'd stop being mean to twitish Canadian writers because their political opinions may be dorky. Many can really write and are under-appreciated. (Humming O Canada under my breath. Love ya Cousin!)

And, maybe, sorta, I'd publish a book called The Bad Poets Society that includes work by contemporary poets who are desperate for publication. No one else touches that stuff.

In short (be proud of your size 2 shoes!) I'd run wild through he publishing industry offending agents everywhere and laughing evilly as I crossed Lion's Gate Bridge on my way to Seattle to consult with some computer guy about his Exposé of alien influence in the development of computer operating systems.

Zen of Writing said...

Save trees, lose eyesight. I spend a lot of time at the computer screen. I can see both sides, because I can't see both sides any more.

Ryan Field said...

That was a nice post for all the SFF people.

Confessions of a Greedy, Egotistical, Car Salesman said...

A good guy for sure. I submitted a query and received a response within a hour requesting a few pages. A hour later I was politely turned down - oh well. At least it was quick.

Anonymous said...

There ought to be a word limit on comments...

Poshcat said...

Confessions, I guess it was only a matter of time before speed dating and publishing collided. At least you didn't have to dress up for it. :0)

December Quinn said...

Sha'el, I totally want you to be my publisher. Please start that company, and I'll write my fingers to the bone for you.

Sha'el, Princess of Pixies said...

Anonymous said...
There ought to be a word limit on comments...

True. Yours is way too long.

Essay Geek said...

Dear Anon,
There is a word limit on comments - it's called your mouse. You don't like it? Click away my friend.

Curious Snarkling said...

Dear Miss Snark,
I noticed that by coincidence that Nathan Bransford posted January 31, 2007 before this was post was posted (2.02.07) these magical words: ...but like a crusty old cur ignoring the doctor's orders with a big ole bottle of whisky...

whisky... I know that Miss Snark is an avid gin fan, but I found this on Wikipedia:

Dutch gin, known as jenever, is a distinctly different drink from English-style gin; it is distilled with barley and sometimes aged in wood, giving it a slight resemblance to whisky.

Ah ha! So Dutch gin tastes like whisky... So, does Miss Snark support other alcohol-wielding agents who like drinks related to gin?

I apologize if this accusation is a mere coincidence, then let me apologize by offering this link since you said Your Royal Snarkiness had a Mac...

GinTris Widget (for your dashboard)

I found it and thought of you. But be careful it's addictive. However, it may help to get rid of the frustrations of the slush pile and at the same time keep you (unfortunately) sober for the interim.

Sincerely,
Curious Snarkling

Sarah said...

With regards to Curtis Brown, way back in the 20s or 30s, the US and UK offices used to be owned by the same person, but then the US offices were sold off and now they are not related to each other whatsoever (much to the UK office's consternation as they've talked about expanding into America. Hard to do when another agency has your name!)