February 6th, 2004

books

Job Posting...

Well, this makes me sad... Our faithful Soline has gotten a part at the Tennesee Williams festival down in New Orleans and is leaving us. It's the last bit that makes me sad. I'm real excited for her. She's a big theater-crazed-person and I'm sure she's going to love this. Anyway, this means we have a position open at DMLA. So - is anyone interested? I got a description from Don to circulate (parantheticals are my additions)....

The position opening at DMLA is as an assistant to Don (and a bit to me). The primary responsibilities of the job (there are others) are handling our query mail, sorting it, responding, reading partial and complete mss., and some data entry. The position also involves bookkeeping, about 15 hours per week, generating client payments, payroll checks and quarterly tax returns. That part is not terribly difficult; we would train the assistant on QuickBooks, the accounting program we use, as well as on our customized Access database (written mostly by me!). Prior experience with those programs is not necessary, but being handy with computers is helpful.

He'll be starting interviews on the Feb 17th, and if you're interested, I can get more details on the benefits and so forth and make sure your resume gets to his desk. Yes -- local to NYC is a big advantage...
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On agents....

Theresa on types of agents:

And may I say huzzah to her for putting it so succinctly...

A bad agent is worse than no agent at all. A really bad agent is worse than not being a writer. Getting past the "no unagented submissions" barrier is not sufficient justification for hooking up with a bad agent.

Especially look at her definition of real agents, gormless agents (love that term), not very helpful agents, and scam agents. Geez -- so much of what she mentions about those last categories covers what I think of when I realize there are scum out there making hard-working, dedicated agents who love books look bad. I hates those Bagginses, I does, my precious. Ick. Just making my job that much harder. Die, die, die... *pauses* *looks around at audience and sidles calmly offstage with bloody letter opener*

Musing....I think the thing that must be daunting is figuring out the good ones from the not so good ones and the truly evil (which I think should be sent to some part of hell where they not only have to read the worst query letters ever crafted, but have to send personal and well thought out replies to each and every one of them). Especially when most writers just starting out can only meet agents at a distance or via correspondence. I should put some more thought into it beyond the "money flows towards the writer" maxim. Warning signs and so forth. While I'm mulling that (and hoping something comes out of it), does anyone have any suggestions or past experiences they want to share?
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