Thursday, April 2, 2009

Agentfail Day at the BookEnds blog!

Now's your chance to get it off your chest: Jessica Faust has opened up an Agentfail thread on her always-wonderful BookEnds blog. (There's already almost 200 comments!)

Head over there and state your peace.

12 comments:

Sooki Scott said...

Wow, serious venting going on over there at BookEnds. Thar she blows!!!

I'm better at suppressing my angst. It fuels my inner demons and helps my writing.




Confucius says, woman who put dish soap on top shelf, jump for Joy.

melissablue13 said...

The comments section over there has exploded.

L.C. Gant said...

Plenty of agents are sharing their thoughts about #agentfail day, too. I've already read posts from Nathan Bransford and Elana Roth. Both seemed sad and disappointed by the backlash, and I don't blame them. It seems #agentfail is causing even more hurt feelings than #queryfail did :-(

clindsay said...

I don't know. I think it's healthy to vent. And some of the comments were fairly constructive. I don't mind having the tables turned. People are only human, after all.

Edward G. Talbot said...

For me (an author), very few of the queryfails made me think the agent was being overly harsh. But I had to stop reading the agentfails after about twenty of them. I really can't believe what some people expect of agents. I can "believe" the bitterness. after all, it's a very frustrating process. But man, people just can't let go of it. It would have been better if agentfail had been more targeted, like queryfail was. A specific (though anonymous) interaction where it was clear that the agent dropped the ball. Not, "I hate it when agents don't respond."

I really feel for my fellow unpublished authors. And I do agree that venting can be healthy and probably was in this case. But I think a group repetition of the serenity prayer might be in order. Focus on the things you can control (your writing, the quality of your submissions) and forget about everything else.

Lisa Iriarte said...
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Lisa Iriarte said...

Wow. I read them, but I didn't post. Glad you're being so openminded about it, though. I can see where some agents would be rather upset by the comments.

kathleenpeacock said...

I saw the number of comments and just backed away slowly.

rai-ei said...

Colleen-

Wow. Major props for your comment just now; it's exceedingly rare to find someone who can dish it out AND take it. I salute you, sir!


In general-

Sorry to be blunt, but aside from some of the more specific comments I don't see how agentfail is all that hurtful. It's just a bunch of writers bitching about not getting a response to their query- which is... er... boohoo? It's not like they're rounding up a select group of agents and sticking their heads on pikes; from what I've gathered the blog writer made especially sure that didn't happen.

You know what it all reminds me of? Back in primary school when we all sat around bitching about the teachers behind their backs. Sure, most of the comments were entirely unjust (Mrs Johnston has such a big stupid nose, lol!) but it made life more interesting. We can't just go on kissing ass all the time, can we? ;)

Janet said...

Somehow I don't think it was peace that was being stated... ;o) A piece of their minds would be more like it. Or taking a piece out of agents. Or...

OK, OK, I'll stop.

Sha'el, Princess of Pixies said...

Hi Collen:

I've never posted on your blog before. The goat and I hang out over at Janet Reid's blog.

I'm a published author. I write fiction and history. Authors are all odd and sensitive and psychotic in secret moments. Sometimes we're all openly psychotic. Being a sensitive lot (I'm not telling you anything new, am I?) we always have issues.

I don't think anyone should be surprised at that, nor should they be surprised at the negative comments. Agents don't just deal in manuscripts but in the heart and feelings of the authors who query them.

I listed some specific complaints, but I'm glad I'm on the author's side of the transaction. Agents have attitudes; they can't help but have them. But when they creep into an exchange with an author, they either charm us or make us wish you'd crawl back under the rock where you were born. My sympathies.

So, having said all that, Bill E. Goat wants to know if he can query you, since Janet seems determined to avoid another visit to her office by The Goat.

Sha'el, Princess of Pixies said...

umm ummmm I've never met a Colleen who as a "sir," though I've met a few who were fair lasses or ladies and one or two are wenches and whores. Never a sir. ....

Colleen-

Wow. Major props for your comment just now; it's exceedingly rare to find someone who can dish it out AND take it. I salute you, sir!