I don’t like to complain. I don’t.
But this one is kind of funny.
For as long as it was in development I had been looking forward to the new Curtis Brown website like a kid waiting for Santa Claus.
I was dreaming… DREAMING about the moment I could just refer one of the many time-consuming query calls I get every day to the website. Finally, finally I would be able to say: “Have you checked the website? No? Curtisbrown.com. Everything you need. Bye bye. No, really, go to the website, I’m… no… website… I’m hanging up now.”
Better yet, I changed my voicemail message to mention the website. Here’s what it says:
“Hi, you’ve reached Nathan Bransford blah blah blah (paraphrasing!), if you are INTERESTED IN SUBMITTING A PROJECT FOR REPRESENTATION OR IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBSITE, CURTISBROWN.COM.” (I don’t actually shout, I restrained myself.)
Problem solved, right?
Nope. Problem not solved. People just breeze right through the message. I get these voicemails constantly: “Hi, I’m so and so from such and such place (for some reason they always say where they’re calling from) and I’m looking for a literary agent.” Some people just call back later.
Foiled. Better yet, I don’t think I can make it any clearer, but I’m open to ideas in the comments section.
I don’t think this post will cure the problem, but…. just wanted to share. Happy Monday!