Breakfast in Bed,
Like everyone else, I follow agent blogs to educate myself about professional perspectives on the industry.
Lately, several agents -- particularly those who have faced the writerly hordes at the recent spate of conventions -- have voiced some rather pointed complaints.
1. Unprofessional dress: Should a writer show up for a pitch appointment in sweats, agents are not impressed. While they do not suggest one needs to dig out the girdle and pearls, business casual makes a better impression.
Slob is not the new black.
2. Unprofessional approach: Agents are not impressed -- no matter how laid-back their blogging style -- when they receive a query letter beginning Yo, Dude. Ranks the writer right down there with To Whom It May Concern, queries copied to 45 other agents, and pictures of nudes or the family dog. Neither are they titivated to receive queries text style: thnx and LOL.
Chummy is not the new black either.
3. Unprofessional behaviour: According to Dear Author, a few writers continue to be convinced that they can threaten and abuse readers should any fail to provide less than OMG, best EVAH reviews -- and some publishers have resorted to a CYA clause as a result.
Publishing is business, and these are not the best ways to take care of it.
But since this is my blog, I am relieved and delighted to announce the MacDuffian arrival -- and latest addition to the Clan -- of Baby Katherine.