Sunday, February 17, 2008

Two words that will cause agents and editors to have an immediate aneurysm:

::: fictional novel

(That is all.)


Patrick Nielsen Hayden said...

Surely, a fictional novel is a novel that exists only inside a work of fiction. Like the novel The Grasshopper Lies Heavy in Philip K. Dick's The Man in the High Castle.

Cyndi Lewis said...

Uhmmm... so are you saying that stupidity and redundancy hinder my chances of getting published?

Brigid said...

When I received my first partial request, I was at work. I couldn't contain my excitement, and I just about knocked over my workstation. Of course, one of my coworkers wondered at the excitement, and I finally broke down and told him I'd written a novel for which I was trying to find an agent. (No one, except my husband, knew until that point.) While I was talking about it, I used the word novel at least three times. To which he says, "Is it fiction or non-fiction?"

Really, until that day, I thought Miss Snark was kidding.

Chris, The Book Swede said...

Better than a non-fiction novel I suppose ;)

I think it's very cool that you're now an agent, it's good to see and hear some of what goes on :D

Scalzi's advice to kids is good, harsh, but good -- only problem is, I'm not that far away from it still applying from me, and damn!, I was going to let you have a look at my novel of fictional fantasy :(