Dear Miss Snark,
Can I buy a verb?
There is a thread on the comments about the use of the word "hire" when talking about agents. Thank you for the smack with the clue-by-four because now I know that word is not acceptable, indeed is somehow offensive to agents.
What is the proper verb the writer uses when an agent has agreed to represent the writer's work? I have signed with an agent? I have contracted with an agent? I take it one does not "have" an agent, either. I suppose I can not say, "I now have an agent..."
I need a shot from the cluegun so I don't seem like a nitwit for using the wrong verb.
Thanks, and hello to Killer Yapp.
Killer Yapp does have an agent...on a leash no less.
You are represented by an agent. You have an agent. An agent represents your book. You seek an agent. An agent takes you on. You signed with an agent. An agent signed you up.
All those are fine. "Hiring" implies an employee/employer relationship. You don't hire an agent any more than I hire you as a client.
Killer Yapp regularly offers to hire Mr. Clooney as his perambulator supervisor, but no dice...so far.