Miss Snark is Retiring

Two years; two million hits (2.5 actually as of 5/20/07);
yes, Miss Snark has run out of new things to say.

It's been an amazing run.
This blog wouldn't have been any fun at all without you, my devoted readers.

I know I'll miss hearing from you.
I hope you'll miss hearing from me.

Yes, the blog will stay up cause I'm pretty proud of what we did here. And by "we" I don't mean just me and Killer Yapp, I mean you too. You sent me questions, trusted me to snark your work, made "crapometer" an industry term and most of all, you gave me perspective on what it's like to be on the other side of the slush pile.

There will be a few more days of clean up as I close out my email and spruce up the blog roll.

You can reach me through Killer Yapp.

Thank you for everything.


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Anonymous said...

Yikesarooni. I ban myself for a few days to get a project back on schedule, and I return to THIS?!?!?! Tragic. If I promise to get my priorities straight, will you reconsider? You take some time to think about it, Miss S. -- I need to go apply some Cruzan Confusions to this wound - stat.

Best of luck...

Heather Harper said...

Warmest wishes...

Your words have awakened us like a cold shower, and we are more educated writers because of them.

(Does my comment get a crapometer rating?)

Seriously, I wish you the best.

Anonymous said...

What shall I obsessively check for updates fifteen times a day now?
Hmmm... I guess I'll actually have to devote that time to writing now.

Thanks for a great ride.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for all of your wisdom, Miss Snark, and send my regards to Killer Yap.

Anonymous said...

I know it's been said 401 times already, but thank you for everything. You will be greatly missed.


Mary Akers said...

Oh, dear dog, no, Miss Snark.

Thank you for giving so generously, for so long.

Hard to imagine a day without Miss Snark in it. Sigh.... sniff... umm... do you smell that? Is that smoke? Wait, no. It smells like--it is--burning hair!

Bella Stander said...


The tribute video got me all weepy.

See my response: An Enormous Disturbance in The Force.

A million thanks for all you've done. I couldn't have gotten through last year without you.

Anonymous said...

There once was an agent named Snark
On whose feet a killer would bark
At a pail full of gin
(to drown nitwits in)
When the cluegun had lost all its spark.


I'm already having withdrawals. Could ya just throw something at my head one last time before I bury myself in the Snarkives?

Anonymous said...

There is nothing original that I can add to these 400+ comments, so I will just add the voice of profound gratitute and affection of yet another devoted Snarkling. You will be missed more than any of us can express. On the bright side, now that I'm not constanting reading your blog, maybe I'll actually get some writing done. We heart you and Killer Yapp and wish you an abundance of best-selling authors and slow squirrels!

Stephanie Burkhart said...

Miss Snark, I just started reading your blog. It's fantastic. You're going to be missed. Snark on.

Steph B

Anonymous said...

Shoot and darn it, Miss Snark.

Thank you so much all you've done: for all the priceless information and fun, and for all the wonderful new writing friends I found here, too.

You'll be missed. A lot.

Anonymous said...

I'm terrified that I'll backslide into nitwittery without your constant companionship. My new mantra will have to be, "What would Miss Snark say if she found out I did THAT?"

I have a white and pink stuffed poodle guarding my writing desk. Hopefully this good luck charm will channel your wisdom.

May Snark Central prosper and bring the best of everything to you and Killer Yapp! Thanks for all your work over the years.

JDuncan said...

Tis a great thing you've done, Miss Snark. You should and better be damn proud of your work here. You input to the writer community will sure be missed...a lot. Best wishes to you. May your slush pile be mined for gold.


Angela N. Hunt said...

Thank you for everything. You and the blog have been the best education in publishing that I've ever gotten.

Thank you again. You deserve a great long break and much gin.

Anonymous said...

I'm late because I was writing instead of spending time properly procrastinating. And now I find my favourite procrastination-time site is done :(

Fortunately, as a latecomer, I can still wander through the archives and see how past nitwits have been blasted. That should keep me occupied for some time yet.

So, if you're stopping, would you have any Snark-surplus clueguns for sale? I could use one on myself once in a while.

merper said...

In the 6 months I've been here, I've gone from knowing nothing about publishing to ... well knowing a bit more than nothing. The point is, it's all thanks to you. I often wondered how you could find the energy to maintain this blog not to mention run contests and crapometers. If there's anyone who deserves a break it's you.

So enjoy, and thanks for all your help. Hope I can do you proud someday.

Jill said...

Oh wow. Having just discovered your great snarkness, I feel very sad indeed! Thanks so much for giving your time and input so generously. I WILL MISS YOU!

Anonymous said...

Coming back from a weekend away to hear the sad news.

You have been such a help--and not just with your practical/agent wisdom (which has been amazing) --but also your attitude. Tough, as in, don't wallow, suck it up.....and tender as in, don't give up, have faith, keep going.

A perfect balance.

You are probably right, you have said it all. Kudos to you for recognizing this and not Jumping the Snark. :)

Wish you loads of continued success and happiness....and a pleasant detox from the blog.

Once a Snarkling, always a Snarlking.

Matt said...

Thank you for all you've done.

For the record, I plan to go through a long denial stage where I re-read every post in chronological order, pretending they are all completely new.

Anonymous said...

Goodbye Miss Snark and thank you for everything.


Twill said...


No. This is not allowed.

Anonymous said...

Oh, Miss Snark.

Scrolling through all of the comments, I can't help but think of countless children clapping their hands to keep Tink alive.

Is there anything your desolation of Snarklings can do to keep you around, even part time?

If not, best wishes and many thanks. I'll miss you.

Anonymous said...


Well that's just PERFECT!

So tellme, little Miss 'Aider of the Lost' Snark, what am I gonna do with all these gin flavored SASE's?

This is my very sad bunion face.

Sihaya said...

Thanks Miss Snark. For you, [I]The Last Idol[/I]:

"Dan Lazar will be crushed," said the poodle between cigar chomps.
"Well he can kiss my stilettos," she drawled, "Pass me the pail and the picture of George. I'm going to spend more time, uh, ruminating on how to find the next Reacher novel, the next snazzy franchise in the making."
"What'll I tell them?"
"Feed 'em moonbeams. Tell them I've died in a helicopter crash. Tell them I was swallowed by an angry griffin. I don't care - I've retired."
The magic poodle packed his bag the next day and went looking for the next literary soul in need.

Anonymous said...

Well, bless your gin pail and stilettos. Your assaults with the cluegun have straightened me right up. I guess when the students are ready, the teacher disappears.

Keep after Clooney, though, he's a keeper.

Regards to Killer Yap . . .

Carrie Ryan said...

Thanks for everything, Miss Snark! I will miss you - we all will!!

Now I must find some other blog to keep me sane at work...

Anonymous said...

There's no way to express in words how large an impact your blog has had on the publishing world, dear Miss Snark. While not everyone was suited to hearing the truth beneath the snark, those snarklings who have benefited are many.

We are all richer for your generous outlay of time and expertise and you will be sorely missed on the web. I wish you nothing but happiness, a full pail of gin and the deserved adoration of Mr. Clooney for your future. (((((HUGS!)))))

Cathy Clamp

C.J. Redwine said...

I feel a sense of bereavement...who else will give a well-timed wtf or cause me to yell "snarkination!" at my WIP?

I will have to find a different site to browse as I eat my breakfast.

Thank you, Miss Snark, for giving so much. I join with the others in expressing how MUCH you helped me navigate the tricky world of publishing.

Will it seem crazy that I want to set my hair on fire, name a location in my newest novel Rabbitania, and even spring for a copy of Space Ark! out of nostalgia?

This hurts a little.

You will be missed.

Anonymous said...


Wow. Next you're going to tell me there is no Dog.

Thanks for all the laughs and the clues.

I wish you the best.

Gosh, I hate goodbyes.

Reaches for tissues...

K. Eason said...

Long time reader, first time commenter.

Thank you, for all the advice and the how-tos and, you know, taking the time in the first place.

Gonna miss you and this blog...but won't forget all the Snarkish advice.

Thanks again, and best wishes, and may your gin pail never run dry.

Anonymous said...

Miss Snark kept me from looking like a complete idiot in front of a lot of people - and she didn't tell anyone about my moron plan. I owe her big time for that and she can call in the marker anytime she desires.

Marissa Doyle said...

My daily routine was put the kids on the bus, turn on the computer, and write my thousand words. Then it was time for lunch, reading e-mail, and catching up on Snark. It was sort of a reward, you see.

Lunch will never, ever be the same.

Thank you for two wonderful years, Miss Snark.

Kimi Dreams said...

I can't help but say I'm seriously sad. So I'll add my name to ask you to reconsider some sort of compromise and to go and read the book "4 Hour Work Week". (http://www.amazon.com/4-Hour-Workweek-Escape-Live-Anywhere/dp/0307353133)

That's for letting me be a quiet observer, occasional commenter, and letting me ask a question or two you found time to answer.


Daniel Hatadi said...

Miss Snark, you have provided not only a valuable service, but you kept it entertaining. Can't ask for much more than that. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

I'm bereft. What will I do every day when I turn on my computer? Oh right. I'll write. But my day will be less snarkful. Or is that snarkless? It's a black day.

Laurel said...

Wow... I've enjoyed watching you in action. You'll be missed.


RedWritingHood said...

Thank you from the bottom of my heart. You recommended my agent, she signed me and we sold it. THANK YOU. You have made a difference in my life.

Anonymous said...



and thank you SO MUCH.

all the best,

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the entertainment and the agent's perspective. Great good wishes to you.

Jamie Thornton said...

This is my first post to your blog. I only found you a few months ago but have read your posts every day since. I will miss your snarkiness and the community you created.

Best wishes.

Anonymous said...

Thanks. I'll miss your daily advice and humor. Now I can get back to writing.

Sue, who is posting anon as she can't be bothered to remember her new googleblogon

PS - The advice was great and will be used, and referenced, in years to come. Again, thanks.

Anonymous said...

What more can I say that the hundreds before me haven't already written?

You are certainly going out on top.

Thank you for the good advice and many laughs.

Anonymous said...

As a long-time reader of your blog, I just wanted to say...

Thanks for all your fabulous advice.
It's been a great run.

You'll be missed!


Anonymous said...

Miss Snark said...

This is EXACTLY why I'll miss you so much.

Word veri's like wcxklmbvp...not so much.

Saipan Writer said...

OMG! I'm late to the sobfest. But that's because I was at the ER on mother's day (that would be this side of the date line, when it was still Saturday your time)and confined to bed rest for days. So I'm only now just checking in. And I wondered where the comment button went to, and then I got to the "retiring" part. NO-O-O-O.

Well, good luck.

Sure hope you keep busy. According to my dd, I'm not old because I'm too busy to be old. Only old people have leisure time. So if you find yourself having time to spare, come back to the blog. We will welcome you eagerly.

Thanks for all the thrills. Better watch out, though, for the return to nitwittery that's bound to happen now that we're no longer in fear of your snarky whip.

Inez said...

You rock, lady, you're a generous goddess and I wish you God's speed in reaping all the good seeds of karma you have planted

Anonymous said...

Miss Snark,

Thanks for all your hard work and snarkiness. Thanks for leaving the site up for reference, too. I was such a newb before I stumbled on to your site. Now I'm trying not to be a nitwit ;)

This world of publishing is so wacky. It starts to make sense after you explain it from your side. I hope they never unmask you ;)

good luck w/ Clooney

Anonymous said...

I've been reading your blog for the past six months or so, and I can't even begin to count the number of helpful, useful insights you've given to me and to all aspiring authors. Thank you for all you've done.

Eric Riback said...

Thanks for everything, but especially for the Humerus Poetry Contest. It was a very bright spot in a tough year for Bella.

Anonymous said...

Wonderful generosity for two years, and a classy exit.

You rule.

Karen said...

I guess I'll just be one more in a bazillion comments, but I want to say thank you for everything. It's obvious you've spent a lot of time with this blog, and it must have been a BIG commitment. Thanks for sticking with us this long.

We'll miss you. I've learned so much here. And had a lot of fun. Best of luck to you, Miss Snark. And thanks again!

Anonymous said...

No! Please don't leave us here alone!

Yours is the only blog I have ever read. I'll miss you.

K said...

Thanks for a most excellent blog.

sharpierae said...

I guess I'll add my voice to the echo.
(no, don't go.)
I don't often comment, but read your blog daily. Thrice daily.
It has always been entertaining and INFORMATIVE.
Thank you.
I came in kind of late in the game, so I can dig through the snarkives when I need a fix.
Thank you for leaving behind a great resource.
All the best!

domynoe said...

Just a reminder, Snarklings, her fan listing remains!

Gin & Paper will remain open.

Kate said...

Awwwwwwww!! I'll miss you!!!!

David L. McAfee said...

Goodbye, Miss Snark. You will be missed by many.

Anonymous said...

Just read this awful news. Say it isn't so! I feel like I've lost something that I can't afford to lose and will never be able to replace.
You will remain bookmarked; a headstone.

All the best.


Tyhitia Green said...

We love you, Miss Snark! Your work is greatly appreciated, and we will miss you! ;*)

Jean Bauhaus said...

I'm sure you're overwhelmed with responses, but I wanted to add my voice to the din and say thanks. My novel's still about a year away from being ready to query, and it freaks me out a little to know that you won't be there when it is, but you've given me a pretty good foundation on which to build my query, and even in the draft stage your blog has done a lot to improve my novel. Thanks again for all you've done for us. You will definitely be missed.

Nancy Beck said...

My first thought when I saw the pic of KY at the top of the heap (and nowhere to comment) was...oh, dear dog, KY is DEAD!

Once I'd calmed down and cleared out my mushy brain, I scrolled down and got the real deal.

What a bummer.

Even though I've just gotten back (a little bit) into the agent blog thingy (due to personal stuff), I have to admit I was shocked and dismayed to hear you're retiring the blog.

What a bummer. (Did I say that already?)

You've given me and countless others a lot of fun (flaming hair and all) but also you gave us a lot of info/took the time to 'splain stuff to us that other agents wouldn't have taken the time to do.

Blogging every day does take a lot out of you (I tried to do that a couple of times; meh), and since you work on commission, it was probably taking waaaay too much time out of your work day.

It's been a great run, MS. I'll miss your biting wit, your snark, as will most of the other hundreds who've posted here.

Good luck to you...and give KY a pat on the head from me.


Melissa said...

All I can say is THANK YOU! I found your blog at a time when I needed it the most.

Wishing you the best!

Graham said...

Wow. I never thought it would happen. If I get published, then I know that it will be, in large part, due to your help. I am an anonymous lurker; I asked some questions, I made a few comments, but I didn't comment on everything. But I did read everything. EVERYTHING. And I have been made a better writer because of it. If I could do nothing else, I would do this: give you my very true, very sincere thanks. My gratitude for your honesty is boundless; my thankfulness for your selfless aid to the faceless masses is true. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

I've read your blog for more than two years. In that time, I have finished writing a novel and begun the search for an agent. If not for you, I don't think I would have reached this point.

Thank you.

Kadi Easley said...

I've been out of touch for a few days and feel like I just got sucker punched. I'm actually tearing up a little here.

Thank you so much for the time and effort you put into your blog.It has been a must read for me almost from the beginning. I've learned a lot and I'm going to really miss your snarkiness.

Thanks again and so glad you finally snagged the elusive Mr. Clooney.

Anonymous said...

You will be very missed. I learned so much from you and would be proud to be one of your clients.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the harsh lessons. Without your site, I don't think I would've ever gotten an agent. Anybody who ever has to write a query letter should search these archives and learn.

Anonymous said...

I'm saddened. I will miss your humor, your relentless standards, and your desire to help others improve their writing. Best of luck in your future endeavors.

Anonymous said...

...and just when I'd nearly completed my scandalous roman รก clef about your dealings with Mr Clooney and was about to resort to sufficient blackmail of you, Miss Snark, and Killer Yapp, to see me through to a comfortable old age...Now I'll have to resort to a completely 'different' novel, and some kind of novel 'deal' that rewrites the rules so you have to come back and update...

You are tops, the greatest, and thank you SO MUCH for your more than generous time and help via your blog. Thanks AGAIN for your snarking, which I could only find helpful.

I'll miss you terribly - the wit as well as the commonsense - though I do see your point.

Three cheers for you, Miss Snark!

Warm snuffles from a big dawg to Killer Yapp, and even the pussies will miss loving to hate KY.

Anonymous said...

Take one weekend off and see what happens. It is all my fault! I should have been here! I could have stopped this. Certainly we could have kidnapped her heartthrob and forced her to stay. On second thought, maybe it is not my fault. Surely someone else is to blame.

This is leaving us with too much time on our hands. There is going to be another baby boom. It must be a conspiracy by the baby food and diaper cartel.

I hope retirement gives you as much joy and happiness as all of us have received from you. Have a great silent life.

Y'all come back now. Ya here?

nyc/caribbean ragazza said...

This blog has been very helpful (and funny as hell at times)

I will miss it.

Anonymous said...

Go away to a writers' conference, and this is what happens. That will teach me to go four days without surfing the net and stopping by Miss Snark's.

There is a Snark-shaped hole in cyberspace.

And in our hearts.

No one will ever fill your stilettos.

Miss Snark, I've enjoyed procrasting on your blog. You will be missed by many, including me. Enjoy your retirement from the Blogosphere.

May your slush pile be NitWit Free, may your gin pail be ever full, and may you always remember that we Snarklings Heart Miss Snark.

(sniffle, sniffle)

Susan Gable

Unknown said...

I've been with you since post number 6. I'm sorry to see you go and will always try to remember your words of wisdom!

PJD said...

So long.

I'm just adding one more voice saying "thanks for everything" and "you will be missed." Truly enjoyed the blog and learned a lot.

Anonymous said...

Miss Snark,

Thanks for EVERYTHING!

When it comes to retirement, I hope you do better than Roger Clemens. But if you don't, we'll all be waiting...

Camilla said...

Thank goodness, I got here before you switched the commenting off.

Thank you, thank you, thank you for sharing your expertise. I've learnt so much from reading your blog, and because of you I've got a heap of clue-arrows in the quiver for when it comes time to look for an agent.

Best wishes for everything that comes next.



Anonymous said...

Now I have one less thing to waste time on instead of actually writing.

Anonymous said...

Ah hell is right. You were the first thing I read in the morning and the last thing before I signed off for the night. You've made me happy and even angry a few times. Now, I wouldn't know who you were if you walked by me at a writer's conference, but I feel like I've lost a friend.
Well hell. Now you've gone and done it. You made this tough ol' broad cry.

Anonymous said...

(Typing through tears)

I foolishly thought you would always be here. (Smacks forehead, Homer Simpson style.)

I can't imagine how much work this has been for you, nor can I find the right words to express my undying gratitude for all you've done.(Some writer I am!)

I hope that you, KY and Grandma will have a wonderful life, filled with joy and endless supplies of booze and Clooney.

You will be missed, but always appreciated.

Lighting a candle for the crap-o-meter....

Anonymous said...

I opened a Google account specifically and solely so I can bid you goodbye, thank you again, and wish you well. You answered one of my questions some time ago, and for months now I have been checking your blog daily, and I've long since read through the entire archive. Thanks to your advice, I dumped my old agent, and got a new one, considered 'tops' by the writers boards, that I'd never heard of before discovering your blog.

You have done what so few people do in a lifetime -- you have made a difference to lots of people.


Rei said...

The last track has played.
The record skips and hisses.

You will be missed, Miss Snark.

John B said...

Oh bugger.

Anonymous said...

You've been talking to POD-DY Mouth, haven't you?

THANK YOU, for all of your advice and crapometers. I hope this means that you and Mr. Clooney are having a wonderful time together

Anonymous said...

Thanks, Miss Snark. Just that.

Queen Mum said...

It's hard to believe, but I only discovered your blog two weeks ago. (Say what you will about sites like Writing.com, but it was there I discovered it).

After 10 minutes of reading, I was immediately in love with your snarkiness. I added your blog to my Favorites list and found myself digging through the archives every day at home, at work, wherever I had internet access. So compared to many Snarklings, I may be seen as a fledgling. However, for all I have read and all the info I have taken in, I feel like a veteran and will miss you bestowing new posts upon us just as much as any other Snarkling. I'm glad I at least enjoyed new posts for the two weeks I had.

P.S. We won't look down on you if you pull a Michael Jordan. In fact, I think many of us are counting on it

Diane said...

Just wanted to say thank you for all the great advice and laughs! Thanks for keeping the archives up, I know alot of us will be referring to them alot.
You will be missed greatly!
Diane in Idaho

Jennifer Hendren said...

Miss Snark,

Aww hell is right! You'll be sorely missed. Thank you for all the advice over those gazillion posts. I was beginning to feel edumacated. (g)

Gah, this is a sad day. I will miss your humor.

David Greene said...

Thank you Miss Snark for your advice, inspiration, and most especially, for your unique voice.

Artemisin said...

Oh no. This is sad. You've earned everyone's respect. Even 101 reasons writes your blog a great eulogy and refrains from making any snide comments on the side. (http://101reasonstostopwriting.blogspot.com/2007/05/miss-snark-retirement-linklove.html) You will be missed.

Anonymous said...

Wait... I go away for a couple of weeks, come back, and you're leaving! :(:( But... but... ::sigh:: This makes me sad. But I understand why. So here is my incredible sappy comment on what Miss Snark has done for me...

As a college student navigating the publishing industry, you saved me from many foolish errors... resulting in the three poetry acceptances to professional journals I now have. You were of immeasurable importance in my quest to finish my novel.

I could go on and on. Essentially, the fact that I'm starting to kick off a writing career at age 19 is, in a large part, due to your advice and suggestions.

Thank you for helping me make my dreams come true.

P.S.-- And dear dog it'll be weird never to read of another nitwit, another poor sorry writer like myself being ground beneath your stiletto heel...

P.P.S.-- Killer Yapp, I want you to know that you are only ankle-biter-tiny-evil-dog that I have ever felt real affection for.

P.P.P.S.-- to both on you, I grant an unending supply of virtual gin...since that's the only kind I can legally give you.

Now I'll go cry into my Norton Anthology...

nancorbett said...

You will be so missed. But I can quite imagine your exhaustion. You put so much into this blog.

And you have provided me with so much more than just Snarkly advice. The links to other blogs in the comments section led me to so many other wonderful writers. Your blog formed a community of writers. Closing down blog will be a loss to us all.

Anonymous said...

Miss Snark, Say it ain't so! I've learned so much and gotten so much inspiration from your blog - the only one I've ever read. Once you published a query from me and I was so proud I emailed the link to all my critique partners. Can't believe you're going.....somebody pass the gin pail, please. Give my best to KY.

Anonymous said...

Thank you Miss Snark for your wonderful posts.

I'll miss you.

Jessica Russell

Unknown said...


I go away for the weekend and this is what I come back to? I haven't even written a query yet! What am I supposed to do with all the questions that will inevitably arise when I do? Read the archives? That's so impersonal. I need fresh snark.

I feel like I've just been pierced through the heart by a stiletto. Drowned in a gin pail. Shot in the face with the .357 magnum of clue guns.

Who will give me a clue now, Miss Snark? Because I need a clue. Do you hear me, Miss Snark? I need a clue.


Good luck, famed slinger of snark. You will be missed.

Kathleen Collins said...

Wow, I guess i need to scan blogs more often. So sorry to see you go. Thanks for your time!!

Georgiana said...

Oh Miss Snark, we'll miss you so much. Sniff sniff.

Unknown said...

Miss Snark, you have comprehensively rocked my world. Thank you so much for your generosity, and may your gin pail never run dry.

Anonymous said...

Thank-you, thank-you, thank-you...

Though deliciously snarky, your kindness shone through. Is it the silly romantic in me that believes that "we" (the anonymous readers) brought out the best in you, as you struggled (sometimes) in vain to whip us into shape? *cough* *grin*

Your clue gun shall forever be enshrined. *bows*

Someday, soon I hope, my first novel will see print. Look in those "thank-you" credits, for your most gracious Snarkliness will not be forgotten.

Bless you, Miss Snark. You will be so missed...

caramaena said...

Miss Snark, I'm not a writer and don't aspire to be one, but I've enjoyed reading your blog immensely.

Good luck in the future!

Anonymous said...

I'll miss you so very much. Your comments on my crapometer entries has been extremely valuable and all your agenting wisdom has done much towards reducing the number of nitwits in the industry.

Hope you snag George soon. Here's a bucket of gin to tide you over until then.

HeartSong Studio said...

Oh noooooooooooo!!!!!! And I was juuust getting to know you! So looking forward to another crapometer; one where I would have 'made it in time' to see how I fair and become an official 'Snarkling.'

It's quite obvious from the numerous comments, you will be genuinely missed.

All good wishes and many blessings, to you and Killer Yapp!

ellenscult said...

My heart is breaking; I am bereft. I'll be raising a G&T to you tonight at my writer's group (we meet in a pub). I wish you all the best in the world (which, as we all know, is gin, Mr Clooney, and Killer Yapp).

I shall take comfort in knowing that somewhere out there, you are still crushing nitwits under your stiletto'd heels, and Killer Yapp has his canine-powered squirrel-targeting RPG.

Farewell, Miss Snark. I'll miss you.

Anonymous said...


I am sobbing into my beret.

I'll be a snarkling forever. Forever, I say!

Love you Miss Snark.


Artemis said...

I wish you only the best, and I hope one day to get over my fear of "real writing" and assault your sensibility with a submission....
Artemis (only a lurker in your sphere; my comments have all been in the medical blog world)

Anonymous said...

What a shock when I came to visit today. Thank you so much for your time and energy, Miss Snark. We will miss you! Thank you also for leaving the site up, even without additional input, there is a wealth of information for writers. Beneath your snarky exterior beats a warm heart.


Anonymous said...

Miss Snark,

Your snarks and encouragements have made me a better writer, and I will forever be grateful for this.

Take care and know you will be missed!

KM Hammond said...

Well, this sucks.

I'll miss you, Miss Snark. I wish you many uber cool book sales and gin pails. Hopefully you won't be setting your hair on fire too much, since we all hoped we learned something from you.

Of course, if you're marrying Clooney, you won't be able to keep your secret identity for long . . . then we can start blasting you with all our nitwit quesitons again!

Anonymous said...

Thank you, Miss Snark!

Anonymous said...

We should have suspected when you took that vacation. This leaves a hollow feeling inside my usually full spot.

Fellow readers & writers, whither next for the collective wisdom? I don't want to think about life without your thoughts, questions, and smartitude.

Gods bless you, Miss Snark, and dog bless you, too.


Tess said...

Aaack - this is what happens when I don't read blogs for a few days?

Seriously - many, many, many thanks for all your no-nonsense advice on writing and publishing. You've given so much and like so many others, I truly appreciate your time and effort over the last two years :) Happy Blog retirement!!

Walter said...

Thanks for all you've given us authorial wanabees!

Quillers said...

I've mostly been a lurker, enjoying your snarkiness from the safety of the other side of my computer, yet I join with everyone else in saying how sorry I am to see you go, Miss Snark. I've sent links to this blog to countless friends so they could enjoy your wit and wisdom as much as I do.

I wish you all that you wish yourself and more.

Unknown said...

As a lurker to your blog, I'm coming out to say how sad to know you won't be there to read. I've laughed, and learned and screamed and yes, cried. You are the best...and I hope from time to time, you will come back to haunt us.

take care,
we'll miss ya.

Rllgthunder said...

Does this mean my vacation to Rabbitania is a no-go? Can I get a refund for the tickets?

William G. said...

Thanks a million Miss Snark. You'll be missed more than you know.

Sherry Thomas said...

Dear Miss Snark,

You were my matchmaker. You held up Kristin Nelson as a great agent and she's been everything you said she would be.

And now to know that your would depart the blogs before our first baby hit the shelves...Sniff.

I love you, Miss Snark.

Anonymous said...


dear dog

Georgiana said...

It's been two days. Did you change your mind yet?

Miss Snark said...

no, sorry.

Anonymous said...

But we love you, Miss Snark. Isn't that enough (sob!)

Anonymous said...

Two more words from Miss Snark!! Ah, my withdrawal symptoms are appeased just a tiny bit! I guess we're all moving on to a new era. My website should be up soon, and they're smashing the windows of our apartments this week, giving us new windows, new openings to view the world. It's a new world for us, Miss Snark, and I'll always remember how you influenced the transition to it.

Unknown said...

Thank you for giving me the courage to stand up to snarkiness while gin is being sloshed from the pail onto my stilettos.

Glynn James said...

I was one of the lucky ones able to be included in the second crapometer, and it was an eye opener. So I just want to say, like all the other writers on here, that I understand the need to move on, but will miss you immensely.

Thank you for the time you have spent in helping out a bunch of people that you probably will never even meet. It wasn't wasted.

If ever I am published (and oh I will be) there will be a spot for you on the special thanks page.

Anonymous said...

Can I be the last commenter?

If so . . .

Bye bye.

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