As you may recall from the MATSUTAKE!! post (I was just itching for an excuse to say that again) I’ve lately been trying to do a little pushback on the blog about the way in which the query “rules” and things like that will be bent or broken for the right project.
I’d like to take that one step further. I think we blogging agents may have helped create a query and client acquisition culture where people are twittering with abject fear that they are going to break one rule or another in the query process and look like a rube or worse. I don’t think it’s quite fair to people, particularly since every agent has their own set of preferences and there are no rules written anywhere — how can someone really be expected to follow every rule out there when everyone has a different rule?
Sure, I have as many biases as the next person, but when dealing with me, there is only one rule that matters: have some common sense, use your good judgment, show consideration for me and my time, be polite, and you’ll be fine. I’m not going to cast ye out of the garden of publishing for breaking a rule, unless it’s the common sense and decency rule (which, actually, is broken astonishingly often)
Can’t we all just get along?
Tomorrow’s post will be about how I absolutely loathe it when people refuse to single space their query letters I mean WHAT ARE THEY THINKING???
Just kidding. Actually tomorrow’s post will be about the publication of my wonderful client Kim Longs’ THE ALMANAC OF POLITICAL CORRUPTION, SCANDALS & DIRTY POLITICS. Get excited!!
UPDATE: Marti was decent enough to point out that I misspelled “decency” in the blog title. Whoops.