Dear Miss Snark,
A couple of questions re your MJ Rose story. Is it usual for writers to send agents copies of their books? Does this mean you are her agent? And second, if you're reading the book now, why isn't it coming out until September? What happens in the meantime?
I got the book from a colleague who has known MJ Rose for some time.
("Got" is a colloquialism for "stole when she wasn't looking")
MJ is ably represented elsewhere.
I'm reading an ARC-an advanced reader copy. The pub date is September.
What happens in the meantime is that Mira, MJ's publisher, will be telling booksellers that this is a hot title and they better stock up.