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.