April 29th, 2004

buddha virgin

Good Work

I spent last night going through the Writer's Market and looking up agents. I have no idea what to look for. My criteria seem completely subjective to me, and I have no idea whether they are helping my search or hindering it.

My criteria:
  • Should have been in the agenting business for five years or more (I figure this weeds out those who are losers and/or not serious)

  • Should represent at least 50 clients (this tells me that they're serious about agenting, not running a beauty salon/literary agency)

  • Should list information about recent sales, and should actually have recent sales to list (if you "decline to comment," it may be because you've got nothing on which to comment)

  • Prior to being a literary agent, should have worked in a related field (publishing, another agency - no former substitute teachers or psychologists need apply)

  • Should be local (I'm needy and don't want to spend a fortune in long distance and airfare whining to an agent)

  • Contains less than 2% of: represents my genre (literary fiction), reasonable query turnaround time, doesn't come off as smarmy and nasty

  • So, I figure that I have plenty of time to craft the most amazing cover letter possible for my book (since it's not finished yet) and then carpet the earth with query letters. Yes, many of them say "no simultaneous queries," but if I have a manuscript that I spent three years on, I don't want to send it off to one agent, wait two to six months, send it to another agent, etc. A good fisherman uses a sturdy pole and the right bait. A REALLY good fisherman uses four or five poles and homemade bait. A professional uses half a ton of chum and a big fucking net.
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    There's the kind of love that you dream about as a kid - the kind where you're so wrapped up in the other person that it threatens to absorb you, your beloved can and does move mountains for you, the only wish for each of you is to see the other be happy...
    and then there's the kind that you think about as an adult - a companion, someone who doesn't piss you off too badly, someone who doesn't embarrass you in public, someone who may not be everything you dreamed about as a kid, but with whom you can live...

    How lucky am I that I got the former? And having lived through the latter, I can really appreciate it?
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    I Am Deeply Ashamed

    I read this with horror, and then went to the links showing the videos of Iraqi prisoners being tortured.

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    And now we see that "we" are "they," and everyone is the same. And George Bush is Lord of the Flies.
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