I was going to sit in Barnes and Noble with my pen and notepad, looking through the 2011 Guide to Literary Agents and marking down any agent who represents fantasy but who wasn’t on my submissions sheet.
It went well. The first hour.
My thought process went something like this:
“Man, this was a great idea! There are TONS of agents in here I haven’t seen yet! I will be a query machine! These chairs are a little hard, though.”
“Wow, there really are just lots and lots of agents in here. I’m getting a hand cramp from writing down all the names in my little book. I hope I’m spelling some of these right. This chair is a freaking BRICK.”
“I’ll start using shorthand. I’m already doing LA for Literary Agency and Ass for Associates. (Heh, ass.) I can guess later that Mi stands for Miriam, right? Speaking of ass…..hurts…..”
“How much is this book anyway… I said I wouldn’t buy it, but, there are so many names and the lower half of me has gone numb….”
So, yeah, I’ve got a brand-spankin-new copy of the 2011 Guide to Literary Agents. For 30 bucks or your hopes and dreams, they’ll take either. ^_^ It really is useful, at least for me. My ass thanked me personally.
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