Wednesday, August 18, 2010

A Difficult Position

Currently reading - Soulless by Gail Carriger

Most unpublished writers know not to ask a published author for a referral. (You do know that's bad form, right?)

So what happens when a very successful author vigorously insists that you must send your work to her agent?

Let's just say the results aren't pretty. For anyone.

Lessons Learned:

1) Don't refer your unpublished friend if the work isn't ready.

2) Don't refer your unpublished friend if your agent doesn't represent the genre your friend writes.

3) And whatever you do, don't get on the phone with your agent after drinking a couple of martinis and chew her out for rejecting your friend.

Despite everything, the agent was a sweetheart to me and offered to look at my next project. Maybe someday I'll get over my embarrassment and look her in the eye again.


  1. Umm, ouch. :( We need a new acronym -- RWI. [wince]


  2. Yeah, the last time I was that embarrassed was high school. And we are SOOOO not discussing that incident.