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  1. #1
    Mike
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    A Well Known Agent has this on his webpage, YIKES!

    I just finished reading an article entitled: "What Does A Literary Agent Look For In A Potential Client?"

    The following are quotes from the article:

    "I have been at this profession of mine for nineteen years now."

    "What I am actually looking for not what you might think."

    "As you read on, also bear in mind that I am a fiction specialist."

    "A great first line helps do that, needless to say."

    "I know that you are suddenly tempted to share with me the bags full of story ideas that you have got stored up,..."

    "Do you not prefer to get to know people gradually?"

    "It makes one believe that that the story behind it must be good."

    "It captures enormous conflicts in a tiny number of words."

    "We all do it all the time,..."

    "That can work, but I don't find that it works well for novels."

    "...[M]ost stores can be nevertheless excite interest if only..."

    "Novelist with drive read positively everything."

    "...and they can tell me passionately why they had to write their stories the way that they did."

    "Believe it or not, when looking at prospective clients I do not much think about money."

    "But, believe it or not, I do not need to see the price tag pinned to a manuscript in order to decide whether or not I want to represent it."

    "But the majority of novelists need to build."

    Either this is lousy writing for a novelist who has written a number of novels, texts, and is a very successful Agent or I'm suffering from acute cabin fever, old age or some strange disease. I would like to have those of you who are experts in the King's English alert me whether I am correct or need to call an ambulance.

    Thanks and Happy New Year!



  2. #2
    Ed Potter
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    Re: A Well Known Agent has this on his webpage, YIKES!

    "This this is why I'm a agent and not an editorator."

  3. #3
    Mike
    Guest

    Re: A Well Known Agent has this on his webpage, YIKES!

    I ain't know editatter eidder, but thought it was pretty shoddy for a top rank agent/author.

  4. #4
    grogan
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    I don't get it.

    Mike, I viewed the site you're quoting (<http://www.maassagency.com/lookfor.html>) and I must have missed something. Excluding the typos you introduced into your own post, what was it that you found so egregious?

  5. #5
    Mike
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    Re: I don't get it.

    The article was very informative, however, I could not believe that an agent of his quality and standing would allow an article to be on his website with the mistakes I attempted to point out. There are considerable discussions on these boards about quaries, and manuscripts, which address the necessity to edit and re-edit before we submit and yet those we are submitting to must be operating under a different set of rules when it comes to their writing. That's the point I was attempting to make. After all, we are discussing an article written by a past president of AAR.
    Incidentially, I found Writing The Breakout Novel very helpful. After reading it I went to the website to explore more about the agency. That is when I found the article.


    Have a good evening!

    Mike

  6. #6
    The Late Mitchell Warren
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    Re: I don't get it.

    Didn't Letterman once say that agents are what you get stuck on the bottom of your shoe?

  7. #7
    Gary Kessler
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    Re: I don't get it.

    Well, you don't really shop for an agent for an author-author relationship; you shop for an author-agent relationship. Wouldn't what really mattered be his sales record?

  8. #8
    Quan
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    Donald Maass

    You would be VERY lucky to have him as your agent.

    BTW, I still think that his book on writing is one of the best.

  9. #9
    Keith Cronin
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    Re: Donald Maass

    Yeah, I'm with Quan. I wouldn't mind having him as an agent - he's kinda good at it.

    kc

  10. #10
    pamC
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    Call an ambulance


    Mike,

    You're nitpicking. I went on the site, and found his lengthy article to be very warm and encouraging. So there were a few awkward phrasings, or typos. Well, that's fine by me, his job is to SELL writing, not to write.

    His book on writing, "writing the breakout novel", is one of the best ones I've read. Full of practical, and invaluable information.

    I've heard nothing but good things about him and his agency.

    You could do much worse!

    Cheers,
    PamC

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