February 9th, 2006

books

the five book rule, er... guideline

My friend Kristin has a post on her new-ish blog about not quitting your day job. Go read it. I agree with her most wholeheartedly. We used to quote the five book rule around DMLA. Don't consider becoming a full time writer until you have at least five books simultaneously on the shelves and earning regular royalties. It's more of a guideline than a rule, really. But it makes the same point.

And I'm particularly struck by the comment in which someone wonders about agents and editors, particularly at small companies, who also have day jobs. I do know a couple people who fall into that category. I've also repeatedly run into writers who don't realize that agenting *is* my day job and that I may occasionally be off the clock, so to speak.

In other news, I just got an email query in which at least half the sentences do not begin with a capital letter, punctuation appears to be optional, and spelling errors abound. I really want to know what a "non desciptive secretary" might be.
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