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Title: Michele Glance Rooney?
Post by: ADLarrow on October 05, 2007, 02:41:24 PM
Alright, so I was checking my e-mail today and I got one from her asking for a partial.  I did not query her.  Is this a normal thing? And has anyone heard of her before? 
Title: Re: Michele Glance Rooney?
Post by: audal on October 05, 2007, 02:50:05 PM
Fascinating.  Just yesterday, one of our group was also approached by Ms. Rooney, who is listed on Writer Beware's 20 Worst list.

This is a scam, so do not pursue a relationship with this woman.  It is not normal for an agent to seek out writers -- if you ever receive such a correspondence, be advised that someone is probably trying to scam you.
Title: Re: Michele Glance Rooney?
Post by: Cole Gibsen on October 05, 2007, 03:40:18 PM
I think we should send her a partial of that wonderful book you queried, Audal.

Who Needs 'Em: 12 Easy Steps Toward Getting Your Novel Published Without A Literary Agent.
Title: Re: Michele Glance Rooney?
Post by: Emeraldsky on October 05, 2007, 03:57:17 PM
Let's send her the 5words/post story!!! :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Michele Glance Rooney?
Post by: justwrite on October 05, 2007, 04:37:24 PM
YES!!!!!! OH YES!!!!
Title: Re: Michele Glance Rooney?
Post by: audal on October 05, 2007, 04:41:48 PM
I think we should send her a partial of that wonderful book you queried, Audal.

Who Needs 'Em: 12 Easy Steps Toward Getting Your Novel Published Without A Literary Agent.

You think? 

I dunno - I'm still keen on finding a home for Horton Starts A Greasefire before any of my other work.

And I definitely like EmSky's idea.
Title: Re: Michele Glance Rooney?
Post by: elknutswife on October 05, 2007, 04:47:42 PM
Ha!!  Emsky, it never ceases to freak me out how alike we are!  I was thinking the exact same thing (send the 5 word story) before I scrolled down far enough to see your post - we are so psychically linked - psychotically linked?  Well, one of those is right  ;D  I still haven't heard back from her, which irritates me cause I really want to know where she got my address.  Maybe I should send her something and then email her every day asking for status reports  :clap:
Title: Re: Michele Glance Rooney?
Post by: audal on October 05, 2007, 04:52:43 PM
Maybe I should send her something and then email her every day asking for status reports  :clap:

Better yet - send her an email saying that you're an agent interested in representing her!
Title: Re: Michele Glance Rooney?
Post by: Patrick on October 05, 2007, 04:57:33 PM
I liked Loth's idea to send her a box of Kool-Aid packets.

We also have the "Agent Quest" story which we can combine with the 5 words to give it more substance http://querytracker.net/forum/index.php?topic=128.0

I did a little more research on this "agent."  She has a reputation for sifting through online writing sites and harvesting email addresses, then offering representation to whoever she finds.  I also did a thorough check of the QT forum.  I used her IP address to make sure she has never visited the forum, she hasn't.  Though she has been to the main QT site, there is no way for her, or anyone else, to get email addresses from there.


Title: Re: Michele Glance Rooney?
Post by: elknutswife on October 05, 2007, 05:06:05 PM
I'll have to check the 2 other writer's sites I've been on and check my email address there.  I haven't been to them since finding QT  ;D
Title: Re: Michele Glance Rooney?
Post by: justwrite on October 05, 2007, 05:15:54 PM
Hmmmm...something ominous here. What about stuff like Writer's market or other newletters. They may be selling our info. Okay..I'm getting paranoid, yet it hasn't happened to me. I'd probably be goofy enough not to realize it wasn't someone I hadn't queried.
Title: Re: Michele Glance Rooney?
Post by: Emeraldsky on October 05, 2007, 05:25:56 PM
Maybe ADLarrow and Elky can get together to see what they have in common?
Title: Re: Michele Glance Rooney?
Post by: Patrick on October 05, 2007, 05:53:58 PM
I'm sure she hits the main sites, such as AbsoluteWrite and writers.net.  Are you guys both members of either one of those?

I doubt she buys a list from anyone, since these kinds of people would rather find the cheapest and most disreputable avenue.
Title: Re: Michele Glance Rooney?
Post by: elknutswife on October 05, 2007, 06:01:54 PM
Yep, those were the 2 sites I was referring to  :)
Title: Re: Michele Glance Rooney?
Post by: ADLarrow on October 07, 2007, 10:36:15 PM
right after posting this i googled her, and found out what you have told me.  Apparently she has a lisons in MI to own said buisness but still, since the frist 20 on google were all beware stories, i didn't go farther into it.  but thanks all anyways.  feel loved that I trusted you all enough to save me from another scam before google. ^_^ another burn pervented!! i don't belong to any other sight that I know of, so i have no idea how she could have gotten my address.....humm maybe i'm just unlucky.  oh well thats what i have you for right?   
Title: Re: Michele Glance Rooney?
Post by: joanjunkmail on October 08, 2007, 08:21:08 AM
i have felt such shame 'round here....i have been REJECTED by an agent-scammer! 

in august, when I found you folks, I also found a scammer.  can't remember the name, but you folks (and a google search) told me they were very very bad.

so i sent them a horrible query. 

i just wanted to see what their m.o. was.  they requested a partial, so i sent a truly horrible rough draft.  may have had spelling errors, even, certainly grammar issues and I'm not sure it actually made complete sense.  that was in august.

HAVEN'T HEARD A THING.

sigh.  i hate not being worthy of scam-agents.

Title: Re: Michele Glance Rooney?
Post by: audal on October 08, 2007, 11:17:05 AM
Now Joan.  Remember, in this biz, you have to be patient.  I find this especially true when it comes to scammers, as they are a bunch that have fundamental problems with reading.

In the case of scammers, I recommend that you follow up on your query.  And follow up often.  Email them every 45 seconds until they respond.  Email them interesting photos - pictures of dogs mating in the dog park, pics of foreign dignataries in inappropriate stages of undress, and of course, photos of you talking to your toes.  If they still don't respond, send them tough to download song files like Hall & Oates "You Make My Dreams Come True," because remember, jamming up their computers means they have no choice but to read your maunscript.

Have faith, Joan!

(NOTE: The above post:  :lies: )
Title: Re: Michele Glance Rooney?
Post by: elknutswife on October 08, 2007, 12:45:30 PM
She wrote back!!!   ;D   :clap:   She's delighted I'm putting finishing touches on my manuscript and can't wait to read it and got my email address off of Writer.net.....I can't believe she wrote back   :draw:
Title: Re: Michele Glance Rooney?
Post by: joanjunkmail on October 08, 2007, 12:47:52 PM
Now Joan.  Remember, in this biz, you have to be patient.  I find this especially true when it comes to scammers, as they are a bunch that have fundamental problems with reading.


Have faith, Joan!

(NOTE: The above post:  :lies: )

y'know, i would love to irritate them, but i don't recall who they were!!!  writers helpers or something.

congrats on your query reply, elkie!!!
Title: Re: Michele Glance Rooney?
Post by: audal on October 08, 2007, 01:32:37 PM
OK, Elkette... So whatcha' gonna do now?  Please say you're gonna have a li'l' fun with it.  Maybe ask her why you've read so much bad press about her?  Ask her to share a client list?  Y'know, I've heard that it's acceptable protocol to ask her to give the contact info of her "clients" so that you might correspond with them and ask why Ms. Rooney is the agent for you. 

Or, if you wanna just cut to the punchline, "Bite me" would also be appropriate.
Title: Re: Michele Glance Rooney?
Post by: Patrick on October 08, 2007, 01:44:49 PM
Wow, she actually confessed to getting your address from writers.net.  I didn't think she would divulge that.  But at least QT is in the clear.

Now you have to do the pirate thing.  Please! Please! Please! do the pirate thing.  (I love that pirate thing)

Title: Re: Michele Glance Rooney?
Post by: Miss Java on October 08, 2007, 01:53:29 PM
(chanting)

Pirate

Pirate

Pirate

Pirate....
Title: Re: Michele Glance Rooney?
Post by: Emeraldsky on October 08, 2007, 01:56:09 PM
I was thinking the pirate thing too!

When I came out and asked C Nunn what all the bad press was about, she was very very nice and completely straightforward with me -not that she convinced me to side with her, but it was interesting.

(a one bad apple sort of story.. which just didn't ring true after all the research I ended up doing)
Title: Re: Michele Glance Rooney?
Post by: joanjunkmail on October 08, 2007, 03:41:51 PM
(chanting)

Pirate

Pirate

Pirate

Pirate....
Title: Re: Michele Glance Rooney?
Post by: LeahClifford on October 08, 2007, 04:27:39 PM
Joins in the chant...

Pirate...

Pirate...

Pirate...

Pirate...
Title: Re: Michele Glance Rooney?
Post by: Chelc on October 08, 2007, 04:35:11 PM
skipping past all the banter...

how do these scam agents even get everyone's address anyway?! I don't get it  ???
Title: Re: Michele Glance Rooney?
Post by: Patrick on October 08, 2007, 05:39:52 PM
They search writing forums looking for anyone who does not hide their address.  This one confessed to getting Elky's address from writers.net.
Title: Re: Michele Glance Rooney?
Post by: Patrick on October 08, 2007, 09:59:25 PM
I don't know how Miss Java finds these.  (She is a smiley blood hound.)  But she asked that I add these smileys in honor of Dear Miss Rooney.

 :pirate1: :pirate2: :pirate4: :pirate3:
Title: Re: Michele Glance Rooney?
Post by: LeahClifford on October 08, 2007, 10:01:43 PM
Sweet!!!:up::clap:
Title: Re: Michele Glance Rooney?
Post by: elknutswife on October 08, 2007, 10:37:22 PM
Oh holy crap you guys are killing me!  :rolf: :rolf: :rolf:  I really want to do the pirate thing, but I'd feel so mean! I don't know if I can.   ;D  By the way those pirate smilies are awesome!!!  I'll have to find a pirate avatar  ;D  My eye needs a patch on it or something  ;D
Title: Re: Michele Glance Rooney?
Post by: joanjunkmail on October 08, 2007, 10:43:40 PM
y'know, i know what you mean about being 'mean', but quite honestly, this woman is not representing herself properly and you know it, so... i'm dying to know about the pirate thing, too.  truly, i think you can find a way to get a response without being TOO juvenile...just post it in the query and we'll all have a go at it!

pirates, elkie, pirates.  how in the world can you let that go by?
Title: Re: Michele Glance Rooney?
Post by: elknutswife on October 08, 2007, 10:49:20 PM
you want me to post the response I got from her, or what I come up with?  Although you know, the one I came up with a page or two back might be smart a** to us, but seriously someone might actually think that - I've read some real whoppers on agent blogs   ;D
Title: Re: Michele Glance Rooney?
Post by: Miss Java on October 08, 2007, 10:52:48 PM
Me be likin the Smilies..


Arrrrgh!


 :pirate4:
Title: Re: Michele Glance Rooney?
Post by: joanjunkmail on October 09, 2007, 05:56:51 AM
you want me to post the response I got from her, or what I come up with?  Although you know, the one I came up with a page or two back might be smart a** to us, but seriously someone might actually think that - I've read some real whoppers on agent blogs   ;D

both.  you can do it, and we can help.....

Pirates!

Pirates!

Pirates!!
Title: Re: Michele Glance Rooney?
Post by: Patrick on October 09, 2007, 07:29:28 AM
It's not mean.  Think of it this way, we are taking up her time which could keep her just busy enough so that she can't rip off some innocent writer.

We would be like pirate hunters.  And, it'll be really funny.

 :pirate1:
Title: Re: Michele Glance Rooney?
Post by: elknutswife on October 09, 2007, 10:40:42 AM
Okay, here are the two emails I got from her:

Sub line - Hi Michelle -- I am interested in becoming your literary agent

Hi Michelle,
   How's your writing going? I just wanted to send you an e-mail and let you know you that I'm very interested in reading your writing projects with an eye toward becoming your literary agent. If your writing project is still a work in progress, please feel free to send me a synopsis and sample chapters. My submission address is:

Michele Glance Rooney, Literary Agent
P.O. Box 2533
Birmingham, Michigan 48012-2533

  You can check out my website at http://superliteraryagent.tripod.com
  I'm looking forward to reading your work. I wish you great success with your writing career and with all of your endeavors.
  Have a stupendous day!

Warm Regards,

Michele Glance Rooney


Second one - same subject line

Hi Michelle,
  I'm excited to hear that you're doing the last minute polishing on your sample chapters. I guess my timing was good. I saw your Writing Profile on Writer's Net and that's where I saw your e-mail address.
  I will be delighted to read your synopsis and sample chapters as soon as they are ready. My submission address again is:

Michele Glance Rooney, Literary Agent
Submissions Department
P.O. Box 2533
Birmingham, Michigan 48012

  I'm looking forward to reading your work.
  Have a lovely day.

Warm Regards,

Michele Glance Rooney
Literary Agent


Have at it  :pirate1:
Title: Re: Michele Glance Rooney?
Post by: elknutswife on October 09, 2007, 10:46:03 AM
K, I tried to find my original pirate response to her but got lost  ;D  Is there an industrious someone out there that knows where it is?   ;D
Title: Re: Michele Glance Rooney?
Post by: audal on October 09, 2007, 11:13:07 AM
Hey Elkie - is this the post you're looking for?

Dear Ms. Rooney,

I was very excited to get your email!  Wow, an actual agent wants me?  I'm just speechless!!  I did a little checking around on this site I've been on lately, QueryTracker.net, have you heard of it?  They have you listed with a skull and crossbones but I couldn't figure out what that means.  Do you specialize in pirate stories?  Mine is a Victorian romance, but I could write a pirate story for my next book.  Anyhow, I'd love to send you my manuscript.  I charge a $60 reading fee and must be reimbursed for all shipping expenses.  If this is acceptable I will send you my manuscript right away.

Thanks so much!!

Here's where you posted it: http://querytracker.net/forum/index.php?topic=200.msg8717#msg8717 (http://querytracker.net/forum/index.php?topic=200.msg8717#msg8717)

Title: Re: Michele Glance Rooney?
Post by: elknutswife on October 09, 2007, 11:18:08 AM
Yes!  Thanks  ;D
Title: Re: Michele Glance Rooney?
Post by: elknutswife on October 09, 2007, 11:25:38 AM
Okay, how's this? 

Dear Ms. Rooney,

Thanks for getting back to me.  I’ve done a little checking around and found you on QueryTracker.net, have you heard of it?  They have you listed with a skull and crossbones but I couldn't figure out what that means.  Do you specialize in pirate stories?  Mine is a Victorian romance, but I could write a pirate story for my next book.  I have a couple really good ideas in that area.  I was wondering if I could see a list of your clients.  I’d like to get a better idea of who you represent so I can see if my work truly fits in with what you are looking for.  I am hoping to have my manuscript done in the next few weeks.  Just a few more revisions to make.  It seems the editing is never done :-).

Thanks again for your interest,

Michelle
Title: Re: Michele Glance Rooney?
Post by: audal on October 09, 2007, 11:37:49 AM
I love the smiley emoticon at the end - excellent touch!

I also love the pirate story question... But do we really think she won't detect that something is fishy when she sees the question.  And moreover, is there any chance that your bringing up QT might make her obsessively look over here and find this thread?

I'm just playing devil's advocate because I'd love to mess with her & keep the dialogue alive as long as possible.  Then again, I also don't want you to stumble into some sort of fine-print situation where she suddenly slaps you with a bill for even reviewing faux-material.
Title: Re: Michele Glance Rooney?
Post by: LeahClifford on October 09, 2007, 12:08:24 PM
Good call, Aud! :pirate4:
Title: Re: Michele Glance Rooney?
Post by: elknutswife on October 09, 2007, 12:16:58 PM
see, this is why I don't really want to mess with her, but there is so much peer pressure!!! Patrick and Joan for shame!! ;D  Plus, she may be a bogus agent, but she is still an agent (I suppose) and I really don't want to purposely burn bridges with anybody even remotely connected to this industry, ya know  :)  Maybe if I cut the pirate and QT part and just ask for the client list and see what she says.  Or just leave it and if she writes back tell her I'm no longer interested   :)  Ah, decisions  :)
Title: Re: Michele Glance Rooney?
Post by: audal on October 09, 2007, 01:27:43 PM
Yeah, I like the idea of the cuts you suggested (though I'm sure I'll get flamed by the pirate-chanters).  But I don't think you need worry about burning bridges with this "agent."  Do ask her what books & clients she's championed -- I'm sure you'll find almost nothing of any repute.

One thing you could do is play gunshy.  Make her think she's got you on the hook, then tell her you're not sure, you're worried, ad infinitum.  Mostly I'm curious as to what lengths she'll go through to try to lure you into the scam den.  I do think you can mess with her without overtly belittling her -- and ultimately shed light on her practice.

Ultimately, though, it's easy for any of us to sit back and tell you what we all wanna see.  If you're uncomfortable with playing mischief-maker, just walk away and no one will give you even joking grief about the missed opportuntiy for folly.
Title: Re: Michele Glance Rooney?
Post by: Patrick on October 09, 2007, 02:57:42 PM
I assure you this woman is in no way connected to the publishing world, except for her own false claims. 

But I did think of one thing that makes me change my recommendation.  She has your email address, and if she realizes that you are messing with her, then she can take that address and sign you up with every spammer on the planet.  So maybe it's best to laugh about what could have been, but leave it at that.  Unless it's a disposable address, then yes, DO IT!

 :pirate1:
Title: Re: Michele Glance Rooney?
Post by: elknutswife on October 09, 2007, 03:10:02 PM
unfortunately it is my main address, the one everyone, including my queried agents, has.  Oh well, if she ever writes me back I might have a go at her, mention the bad things I've seen, etc and see what she says.  But I think I will leave it for now.  Could have been fun though  >:D
Title: Re: Michele Glance Rooney?
Post by: audal on October 09, 2007, 03:17:37 PM
Send her the first five pages of Wuthering Heights (after changing the names) and see how she responds...
Title: Re: Michele Glance Rooney?
Post by: Patrick on October 09, 2007, 03:24:34 PM
I gave you some pirate karma, just for the thought of sticking it to this woman.  :pirate2:
Title: Re: Michele Glance Rooney?
Post by: elknutswife on October 09, 2007, 03:43:47 PM
 :clap: Yeah, karma!  I mean  :pirate4:  Arggh karma    ;D

Actually, Emsky sent me the letter she sent to some scammers that contacted her once, and it was very polite, simply asking for some more information to address her concerns.  I might do something like that.  I mean the woman has no info on her website at all, I can simply ask for more info on how it works with her and say that I've read a few things and wonder if she could explain.  I'll probably wait and see if she writes me again, but if she does I'll very politely ask her what is up  :)
Title: Re: Michele Glance Rooney?
Post by: Patrick on October 09, 2007, 06:25:27 PM
Oh my!  I just checked out her website.  She has ads on it.  Any agent who has to supplement their income by selling ad space must be...  Well, we already knew she wasn't a real agent.

The real reason I posted was because I wanted to use the pirate smileys again.  So here goes.

 :pirate1: :pirate4: :pirate2: :pirate3:

That first one reminds me of Johnny Depp.
Title: Re: Michele Glance Rooney?
Post by: LeahClifford on October 09, 2007, 09:51:10 PM
Omg...I just realized the last one does a little chuckle!
Title: Re: Michele Glance Rooney?
Post by: Patrick on November 22, 2007, 09:48:54 AM
Looks like dear Miss Rooney is up to more tricks.  According to Writers Beware (http://accrispin.blogspot.com/2007/11/victoria-strauss-literary-agent-news.html), she is running an anonymous blog in an attempt to steer writers her way http://literaryagentnews.blogspot.com

Poor Miss Rooney, can't get a break.
Title: Re: Michele Glance Rooney?
Post by: audal on November 22, 2007, 10:53:06 AM
HA!  Nice catch, Patrick.

My favorite part is when her agency is listed thusly: Michele Glance Rooney Literary Agenyc in one of her completely baseless top-10 lists.  What's also a bit bizarre is how there are so many agents on these top-10 lists that I've just never heard of - and I'd like to think I've done some substantial homework on which agents are kings & queens of literary kingdoms.
Title: Re: Michele Glance Rooney?
Post by: Abigail on November 22, 2007, 10:55:46 AM
Thanks Patrick!  It's nice to know you are watching out for us.


Pirate karma???  I've never seen pirate karma before...I've never recevied pirate karma...sad and depressed I must now crawl back into the pirate cove............
Title: Re: Michele Glance Rooney?
Post by: LeahClifford on November 22, 2007, 10:59:26 AM
Ha I posted a comment on her blog.  Now she's probly gonna stalk me.  Eh.  We'll see how long it stays up. 
Title: Re: Michele Glance Rooney?
Post by: audal on November 22, 2007, 11:18:27 AM
Ha I posted a comment on her blog.  Now she's probly gonna stalk me.  Eh.  We'll see how long it stays up. 

GG, do you show no compassion here on this day where we're to be thankful??

 :up: Atta' gurl!
Title: Re: Michele Glance Rooney?
Post by: LeahClifford on November 22, 2007, 11:29:21 AM
compassion? *hurries off to dictionary.com to look it up  ;D
Title: Re: Michele Glance Rooney?
Post by: DaveKuzminski on November 22, 2007, 12:05:01 PM
Ha I posted a comment on her blog.  Now she's probly gonna stalk me.  Eh.  We'll see how long it stays up. 

I believe you've come up with a very good idea. Encourage everyone to post on that blog about Michele so that it gets picked up heavily by the search engines in order to better expose her. Just remember to keep it civil and accurate.
Title: Re: Michele Glance Rooney?
Post by: audal on November 22, 2007, 01:28:54 PM
Not that AgentQuery is the Bible when it comes to validating agents & agencies, but for sure it was my go-to site when I first started researching agents.  I noticed quite a correlation between legitimate representation and being listed on AQ.  In fact, when I whittled a list from some 500+ names down to maybe 150, all 150 were on AQ.

So is it possibly troubling that eleven of the agents listed in this blog's various top-10 lists aren't listed on AQ at all? 

I mean it seems truly preposterous to think that a Top-10 agent in a given genre isn't even listed, right?

So what's the motivation behind this?
Title: Re: Michele Glance Rooney?
Post by: DaveKuzminski on November 22, 2007, 03:08:35 PM
The motivation is quite simple. In fact, I can offer several reasons.

By posing as an alternate resource, the operator of that particular blog can create a difference in opinion for writers to puzzle over. Then writers won't know which to believe until after they've been scammed, thus making it easier for the scam to succeed.

For those writers who dislike bashers, the fact that the blog in question only offers positive remarks makes it appeal to them. There are many individuals who want to believe only the best about others. Unfortunately, that makes them easy to manipulate by scams because they still want a top agent even though many claim they don't discriminate because that would be bashing. Even after they become victims, they'll be difficult to convince that they've been scammed because some will be too embarrassed, some too hurt, and some unwilling to become further involved because that would be admitting the "bashers" were right or even worse, becoming what they view as a "basher."

Scammers delight in posing as what they aren't. The more prestige the position carries, the greater their desire to have that position. Furthermore, if they can obtain money while doing it then they don't have to maintain an ordinary job which would involve working for wages and actually producing something. In this case, the scammer probably gets to pose in two positions. One is that of an agent and the other is that of a trusted opinion shaper.

Scammers also want thrills. Posing as something they aren't provides a thrill of getting away with something. Getting money for posing is a means of measuring how much they're getting away with as well as providing an income.

I honestly believe that some scammers also want to hit back at those who are successful within the established system. They view themselves as qualified when they aren't. Posing gives them the prestige and the position to hit back at those who hold the positions of trust that the scammers can't earn.

Then there's pure greed and envy. This comes about when an individual feels the rewards for the position simply aren't enough because the individual believes the effort sunk into attaining that position should provide a greater payoff. This happens to some individuals who've managed to attain high degrees through the system only to discover that attainment of a degree doesn't confer instant recognition nor gratification upon entering the work system nor greater rewards than earned by those without the degree.
Title: Re: Michele Glance Rooney?
Post by: Patrick on November 22, 2007, 03:40:57 PM
Good idea, Dave.  I'm gonna head over there and post as well.  Sure, she will probably remove it, but with any luck a search engine bot will record it and maybe it will come up when someone is doing a search for Rooney.

Also, I can't take credit for finding this, I'm just passing along what I read on the Writer's Beware Blog.  Does that mean I have to give the karma back?

Title: Re: Michele Glance Rooney?
Post by: Patrick on November 22, 2007, 03:46:10 PM
Oh, damn.  It looks like she has it set up so all comments have to be approved by her before they are posted.  Of course she does.  Should have figured.
Title: Re: Michele Glance Rooney?
Post by: DaveKuzminski on November 22, 2007, 05:05:50 PM
I posted there earlier today. I think it's just a verification block to prevent web bots from spamming the comment section. If you have a certain account, such as one from Blogger, you can post there after entering the validation code.

Of course, she may soon realize what's going on and require approval before any comments can be posted. That's also a lose-lose situation for her because it means devoting attention to approving comments and takes time away from dealing with newbie writers unaware of her reputation. If it becomes too much of a time drain, she'll get rid of the blog, so go ahead and try entering remarks.

Edited to add: I just went over there and posted again. She doesn't have approval turned on. Also, judging by the dates those entries were posted, I'm speculating that the site's unlikely to be monitored for responses.