Tuesday, November 17, 2009

They Lurk in the Shadows

Upon realizing that literary agents are just regular people, my youngest daughter (8 years old) informed me she thought agents dressed in all black, like ninjas, and hid in the shadows, waiting to attack publishers who won't give their people book deals.

I seriously don't know where she comes up with this stuff.


  1. That's hilarious! But really, they are just people like us. It's hard to grasp that because they seem so unreachable at times.

  2. Hilarious! I love that and the picture made me giggle, quite a feat at 7AM!

  3. Okay, that picture is awesome, and your daughter is a genius. :)

  4. LOL!

    That's why I like to read agent blogs. For the professional info, yes, but they also help me to overcome the fear that agents are like the great and powerful Oz, when they're really the man behind the curtian.

    Great pic!

  5. She was probably thinking "secret agents." Like your agent would smuggle your manuscript into big publishing houses and then shmooze the editor into accepting it in exchange for protection against lesser authors. I love it. I was scared to death of agents before I signed with Sara and now I realize they are just regular people who read a lot.

  6. Because everything is cooler if it has ninjas in it. That's got to be it.

  7. I like the "secret agent" theory! They DO drink a lot of martinis...

  8. Susan: A good thing to remember. :)

    Stephanie: Glad I could make you smile. :)

    Jess: Why, thank you. I think so too, though my opinion may be a little biased. ;)

    Tere: So should I take "Great and Powerful" out of my query salutation? ;)

    Natalie: There has to be shmoozing! :)

    Elana: Everything is definitely cooler with ninjas. :)

    Rebecca: That's what my older daughter said--secret agents w/suits, dark glasses, earpieces. :)