For some reason I’ve got myself into this Blogging from A-Z challenge. I wasn’t sure what to write about but then I remembered something that annoyed me today, something that comes up quite often in my many hours spent on Twitter/Facebook. I suppose it all comes under the umbrella of Writers on Social Media. With this in mind, my first post is A for Agent.
Twitter, and social media in general, is great for writers, nobody disputes that. Writing can be really lonely and now we can connect to other writers, readers too. There’s also the matter of procrastination. One minute you’re deep in the psyche of one of your characters, the next you’ve wasted three hours looking at a wombat in a cup after watching clips on Youtube of TV shows you used to watch when you were seven. It feels more legitimate somehow when you’re chatting to other writers on Twitter, you can convince yourself that it’s proper research and you’re actually typing something on a keyboard which is writing, yes?
But please, writery types, don’t harrass agents on there, it just makes us all feel awkward. We watch you through our fingers as you ask them if they might have a chance to look at your manuscript, or even worse, you ask them if they received your manuscript, or even worse than that, you’ve already sent your manuscript and they’ve replied and you’re asking them questions about it. Or, which is even worse than that, you’re getting cross because they didn’t send you a handwritten reply, delivered to your door by a troop of dancing unicorns waving banners telling you how fantastic you are. Your manuscript is your baby and it is very special to you. But they see hundreds of them every day so when someone gives you a standard reply they were either really, really busy and wading through a gabillion other ‘babies’ that day, or, as is often the case with babies, they find your baby so unbearably ugly that they don’t want to set eyes on it ever again. Deal with it, move on, try somewhere else, make another baby. You’re making us look bad.