Wednesday, November 4, 2009

A Bad Attitude?

I just read Rachelle Gardener's latest post on how NOT to get an agent. She addresses first and foremost a bad attitude towards the publishing industry, and of course, I panicked. Do some of my own blog entries sound too snarky? I read through them all and found only one that might be a little harsh, and I'm toying with the idea of deleting another, but I think I'll leave it for now.

I am always very careful not to mention any specific names in my rantings, and honestly, I don't harbor any ill will towards the agent acquiring process. In fact, it astounds me that people do. If an aspiring writer has done his research than he would know that this is a tough time to break into the market, that query letters should sound professional and that most writers don't get picked up until their third book. It is what it is. You can't do anything to change it, and your best shot at success is to follow the guidelines.

1 comment:

jjdebenedictis said...

She addresses first and foremost a bad attitude towards the publishing industry, and of course, I panicked.

I've had that panic moment too, and I agree with one blogger's (I think it was the Rejector's) comment that being mean on the internet will always come back to bite you; no exceptions.

However, I also think it does a writer no good to allow fear to control what they say. We're supposed to express ourselves; that's what we do.

I appreciate agent/editor advice regarding what is professional public behaviour, but at the same time, I'm quite uncomfortable with the fact that this sort advice muzzles shyer, more anxious writers.