How (not) to land a literary agent

October 31, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Ladies and gentlemen, yr. humble correspondent has had a miserable week. Still reading the Giller list, etc., etc., and as a result, you may have noticed a certain sparseness of posting around these parts. But, the calendar flips over to a new month tomorrow, we gain an hour’s sleep, and perhaps all will seem different in the morning.

In the meantime, I’ll refer you to one of the few things that has given me a laugh over the last little while, U.K. literary agent Daisy Frost’s list of 10 things to avoid doing as a prospective client:

    Don’t email me two three or four times a week saying “I have changed a section in one of the chapters – I have attached it – please substitute the pages in the copy you are reading and then alter the main character’s name from George to Jenny and please note I am thinking about changing the setting from Louisiana in 1830 to Solihull in the present day.”

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