Wednesday, September 23, 2009

What Not To Do

When informed that an agent is required for manuscript submission, reply with an email that includes the phrase:

If you're looking for an author that mass produces meaningless insignificant pieces of tripe then you're absolutely correct, you're not ready to comprehend the wealth of thought provoking ideas embedded in my work.

13 comments:

Chris Roberson said...

That same guy sent me the *exact* same email this morning!

Lou Anders said...

No shit. Really?

Christian Berntsen said...

One would think that comprehension of content goes both ways. For instance, reading an understanding a publishers simple and easy to follow guidelines for submission.

Jeremy F. Lewis said...

/facepalm

Emails like that one are what happens when people fail to use the filter between keyboard and headset. Ouch!

Chris Roberson said...

Yep. He was replying to a three month old "We aren't curently acquiring new titles" response I'd sent in answer to an unsolicited submission.

Allison said...

Did he also talk about eating pepperoni off of a pizza?

Jay Caselberg said...

Ya know, sulks are so nice. Didn't know you specialised in children's books.

Matthew Sturges said...

I know that I'm certainly not ready for his ideas.

Jason Pettus said...

Wow, did you really get a letter that said this? Unbelievable.

Lou Anders said...

This was three months out too. And yes, he did talk about pizza! Ha!

ces said...

rofl

RJ_CruzeJr said...

Now, would this be putting one's foot in one's mouth, shooting off one's mouth, or shooting oneself in the foot? Or is this one of those truly unique cases of stuff foot and gun in mouth, pull trigger, and see what shakes out?

Jeff Carlson said...

Okay, okay, it was actually *me,* Lou, and you know you're wholly incapable of comprehending the wealth of thought provoking ideas embedded in my work. You idiot.

:)