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Re: Stupid things we've done
« Reply #30 on: September 17, 2015, 07:40:21 AM »
Once I found out an agent had the same name as a character and I tweeted her directly about it...and then was told never to do that again.

From the agent??  :eek:
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Re: Stupid things we've done
« Reply #31 on: September 17, 2015, 09:36:39 AM »
Once I found out an agent had the same name as a character and I tweeted her directly about it...and then was told never to do that again.

From the agent??  :eek:

From her client who was relaying on how I made the agent uncomfortable.

She client was just being nice. But it was mortifying because then I changed the character's name so no one would think I was sucking up/etc. as I'd been advised.
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Re: Stupid things we've done
« Reply #32 on: September 17, 2015, 10:06:49 AM »
Ahhh. It would have never occurred to me that she would have thought that you purposely named the character after her as a sort of suck up technique.
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Re: Stupid things we've done
« Reply #33 on: September 17, 2015, 10:21:04 AM »
Ahhh. It would have never occurred to me that she would have thought that you purposely named the character after her as a sort of suck up technique.

Apparently some agents believe that. *Shrug* I don't think this exact one is agenting anymore, though.

Either way, I was horrified, worried that I'd ruin my chances, etc. So I barely interacted with agents on twitter after that.
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Re: Stupid things we've done
« Reply #34 on: September 28, 2015, 03:56:03 PM »
I was sending out queries by copying and pasting and didn't realize until after I'd hit the send button that I'd sent a query to an agent that had the previous agent's name on it. Aaaargh! Of course, I didn't even get a form rejection from her.

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Re: Stupid things we've done
« Reply #35 on: September 28, 2015, 07:07:16 PM »
I queried the same agent twice - once with my standard query and once with the customized query required by the agency - and received two form rejections.  They were identical, though.
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Re: Stupid things we've done
« Reply #36 on: September 30, 2015, 10:35:45 AM »
These are gold! It doesn't make me feel so bad.

Back when I was sixteen and thought I'd be the next J.K. Rowling, I queried one particular agent (with an atrocious query), and in my unneeded bio section proceeded to tell her about my life--i.e. how I was excited to finally be getting my license, stuff about my family and dog, and how I was so excited for Christmas and couldn't wait to see what I'd be getting. I will say this agent was a class act and extremely polite--she wrote me a personalized rejection and even said she hoped I'd get all I wanted for Christmas, and even sent me a link to her blog so I could check out stuff about her two dogs. Talk about taking the time to be nice when she could've easily sent me a form rejection or just not responded at all. I'll always hold her in high regard.
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Re: Stupid things we've done
« Reply #37 on: September 30, 2015, 11:08:12 AM »
That is SO AWESOME
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Re: Stupid things we've done
« Reply #38 on: September 30, 2015, 11:50:30 AM »
ALL THE AWARDS to that agent, man.
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Re: Stupid things we've done
« Reply #39 on: September 30, 2015, 05:08:49 PM »
I know, right? It was unexpected and really great of her.
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Re: Stupid things we've done
« Reply #40 on: October 01, 2015, 12:55:42 PM »
You realize you HAVE to query her again at some point, right?  Doesn't matter the project, just as soon as you have something even remotely up her alley, she needs to be the first person you contact.  You've got an in, man; don't waste it.

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Re: Stupid things we've done
« Reply #41 on: October 04, 2015, 11:44:12 PM »
Oh yeah, I'm definitely querying her when I'm ready, Hrothmeir. This might be a really dumb question, but do you or any of you guys think that whole thing would be something to mention? Or do you think she'd remember me? I feel like agents actually have really good memories when it comes to weird things/mistakes authors make, but…I don't know. It's not something I'd really want to bring up at the same time.  ???
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Re: Stupid things we've done
« Reply #42 on: October 05, 2015, 11:44:15 AM »
I've noticed that agents who blog frequently tend to post humorous/interesting anecdotes; does this agent have a blog?  If so, check through the archives and see if you get a mention.  If so if so, definitely mention it.  If not... no idea on that one; sorry.

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Re: Stupid things we've done
« Reply #43 on: October 05, 2015, 12:22:21 PM »
No problem! And yeah, I'll go and check out her blog, I didn't even think about that. Thanks Hrothmeir!
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Re: Stupid things we've done
« Reply #44 on: January 03, 2018, 05:59:05 PM »
Bumping this thread. I've finally gotten back on the forum after seemingly forever, and these stories make me smile! Anyone have anything else? We're not alone in our mistakes!  :duh:
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