May 19th, 2008


have a proposal evaluated for charity

In case you're not a weekend LJ-reader (and I'm usually not a weekend LJ-poster but I was yesterday), here's the link again to my entry in the Brenda Novak auction for research into diabetes.

I'm offering to read and evaluate a proposal (defined as three chapters - up to 50pp - plus a synopsis) of an unpublished manuscript. I will also meet with the winner at RWA National for a drinks date to discuss that proposal or other publishing questions. Since I know I have a number of readers on this blog who may not be attending, I'd also be open to meeting at other conferences I'm attending (such as Readercon or Bouchercon). Bidding is here, and it's really easy to sign up and get a bidder ID.

All genres welcome! I represent suspense, mystery, thrillers, romance, women’s fiction, fantasy, science fiction, YA, and other commercial novel-length fiction. It's also fine to bid for just the evaluation of your proposal if you are not going to be attending any of the same conferences.

I wanted to say a special thank you to all my clients that linked here yesterday. In some respects, it's a vote of confidence, and I most appreciate it.

Agent Manners Guide to Excruciatingly Correct Behavior

In other news... I feel like it's time for another round of Agent Manners. Feel free to send questions that have gotten missed in the past. I'll be working on them over the course of the week (or the next if they go that far). Here's the "rules" and, like queries, you are more likely to get attention if you are courteous and respect the format:

Welcome to this week's column hosted by Agent Manners. Today, readers can submit questions regarding etiquette when dealing with agents, whether it be the query process or meeting them face to face at a conference. In the spirit of it, they should be submitted in letter form beginning with "Dear Agent Manners" and signed with such things as "Confused in Alabama."

Only one letter per person, please. They should be posted in comments on this entry and may be submitted up until 10pm tonight EST. I will attempt to answer as many as my schedule allows (perhaps over the course of several days) but I reserve the right to pick and choose. I do not promise to be as pithy as the original Miss Manners (see below). Sense of humor required.

Dear Miss Manners:
Last night I ran into a classmate of mine whom I haven't seen in ten years. I know he's a writer now, but I didn't feel I could say anything about his new book because I haven't read it and he would be sure to find that out if I tried to talk about it. And yet I feel I should have said something, if only because he didn't mention what he was doing and seemed to be waiting for me to acknowledge that I knew, if you know what I mean. What is the right thing to say to an author when you honestly can't say "I loved your book" ?

Gentle Reader:
Few people, and no writers, have such high standards about compliments as to accept only those that will pass a rigourous test for veracity. Miss Manners experience is that an author will accept with joy any remark except "How many have you sold?" or "Did you know it's being remaindered now?" or "I'd love to read it--please send me a copy."

From Miss Manners Guide to Excruciatingly Correct Behavior by Judith Martin (Warner Books Trade Paper edition, p. 616)