Monday, October 10, 2011

Marry Me

Let’s talk commitment. Like the kind you make when you procure an agent and sign a contract to be faithful and honest and share part of the proceeds of your work with them. This will also involve compromises at times and lots of open communication with each other. Why does this sound familiar? Because it’s what you promised your spouse when you married.

I’ve heard one or two writers claim their author/agent relationship is purely professional and they like it that way. But I think it means much more for the majority of published authors. Writing is a personal endeavor, it’s your heart and soul on the page and your agent will become your first reader. How can the relationship maintain its professionalism?

It’s a marriage, plain and simple. Only more like a rogue Mormon sect multiple wives kind of marriage because your agent will have several commitments. I take this sort of promise very seriously. I’ve been married to the same man now longer than I was single and when I sign with an agent it will be after serious deliberation and with the same strong commitment.

I’m not saying divorces don’t happen…they do. Just not in my house.

If you could find an agent through a personal ad mine would read like this:

Story-teller seeks Story-seller
Twisted sense of humor and ability
to shotgun full beer a must.
Long term commitment only, if looking
for one-night stand, call my sister.

Just marry me already!



Note: Just to clarify, 'call my sister' is sort of a catch phrase.  I am not implying my sister is some sort of slut...at least not anymore.  As for the beer slamming, I hardly ever get a chance to drink but I think it would work in my favor if my agent did.

10 comments:

  1. Now that I've actually read your post (haha), I'd have to agree. Agent hunting is a daunting task. Finding a good fit is obvious, but easier said then done. Sometimes, writers will settle for any agent that offers representation. That's like going into a mall and asking every woman (or man) to marry you. Would you really want someone that actually said yes?

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  2. I bet your sister loves this post. Almost as much as Munk.

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  3. Wouldn't it be nice if we could just put an ad in the paper? And I hope you find your dream agent. If you do, I get to be the maid of honor (since your sister will probably be busy).

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  4. I love the picture of the cat! :)
    I'd hate to get an agent and then lose him/her if the novel didn't sell quickly. I think I would jump out a second floor window - not enough for suicide, but enough to break my leg. Pain helps me cope with emotional agony. :)

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  5. "Call my sister." HA HA HA HA

    My relationship with my agent is really important to me. It's a Big Deal. We are professional but also very friendly with each other, and that's the perfect mix for me. I'm a "let's get personal" person by nature and I think it would feel weird to me to have someone working with me on my books that I didn't genuinely like on a personal level.

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  6. Hilarious! Just love the picture of the cat! I agree, it's a commitment, and one not to be taken lightly. I'd like a great, fun yet professional relationship with my eventual agent. One I can have a laugh with, and one who really GETS what I'm trying to accomplish with my writing.

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  7. I love this and it has such a truthful ring to it. You have a unique way of adding the right amount of humor to your post. I like that. I really related to this post. As an unpublished author (although I prefer "pre-published) LOL, I can only hope that after all the horror stories I have read & heard about how hard it is to even get an agent to read a manuscript that I won't feel so desperate I accept a "marriage proposal" from just any ole geezer I meet in a sleezy bar. Joking.

    Your article makes sense & I love your ad. I doubt sis does, but oh well.

    Love your blog. It is very nice to meet you. FYI I have family in Spring. Is Champions Lake in Spring?

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