Miss Snark, the literary agent
Though I have no intention of writing a novel - the world needs "my" novel like it needs another macrame plant hanger - I've been reading Miss Snark, the literary agent's delicious blog with delight.
Miss Snark takes daily breathers from plowing through her real-life slush pile by posting generous and entertaining advice for her hopeful, aspiring "snarklings."
Sometimes they argue with her, which I think is utterly hysterical.
Last August she actually volunteered to take the first page of anybody's novel and run it through her "crapometer." She shared her stream-of-consciousness reactions and the yea-or-nay she would have given in real life. Check her August archives for the results.
The post below preceded the crapometer marathon. The snarkling's question had been:
What are the three most common reasons you reject a manuscript? In other words, if you had stamps you could use on manuscripts, what would the three you use most often say?
The Tipping Point
Use as an example the manuscript I read just this morning. (You can tell when I'm reading manuscripts and getting annoyed..I blog more!)
This started as a well written first 20 pages in the mystery genre. I asked to see the full manuscript. It arrived fairly promptly. All signs are still good. 100 points.
And by the way, good luck to the Nanowrimo folks who now have "product" (as they say in the music business). Here's a writer's perspective, posted by HHSimmons to Agent 007 - it reminds me of what my daughter Melina says about being new in the work world. Be proud:
Yes, the agent might be considered the mud-sucking bottom feeder. But, no, the agent is NOT the pond scum. The agent is one step up from pond scum.
The author is the pond scum. We're at the bottom of the food chain. We don't get a lot of respect, but we do keep the ecosystem going.
Without us, you'd all die. But there's so many of us! There's really no worry about pond-scum extinction. (It's a pity, that.)
No, I'm not bitter. It is how it is.
I am a proud piece of pond scum.
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