Friday, August 14, 2009

leading indicators a particular agent is a hack #472

A line from an actual query letter (details fudged, of course):

"...As author Susan Smith embarked on my journey to discover her ancestors' path to America..."

Nice, "agent" "Sharon Sloan." I "totally" believe you.

13 comments:

Anna Claire said...

Oh I hope they have the same initials in real life. That's just too awesome.

JES said...

This is also entry #623 in the series, "When Cut and Paste Goes Bad."

Dana King said...

Reminds me of an old joke.

A kid calls into his school.

KID: Johnny Jones is sick and won't be able to come to school today.

SCHOOL: Who's calling, please?

KID: Uh, er, this is my father.

Charles Gramlich said...

doesn't give one much trust in her creativity eh?

Laurel said...

Perhaps the agent and the author share a kinship of heritage. Did they come from the same orphanage in Kazakstan? That would be remarkable.

David said...

At some point, "Susan Smith" is going to realize what she did in that e-mail she probably sent to every editor she could find. I can't imagine how she'll feel.

Sarah Laurenson said...

Freudian slip much?

Rick Daley said...

It would almost be funny if they were pitching a humor novel where the MC is a total dumb-ass. Although in this case that could easily be mistaken for a memoir.

Andrea Cremer said...

hee, hee, hee

PurpleClover said...

Haha! Either it is the said author, or the agent isn't great at editing and didn't feel like writing her own pitch. Either way, ACK!

Keith Popely said...

Rick, I am a dumbass and I take offense at your casual ridicule of dumbassery. It's a serious affliction, man. Can I get a fist bump in here?

Ebony McKenna. said...

D'oh!

Furious D said...

Or maybe Susan Smith wrote a book about her agent?

That complicates things, doesn't it.

;)