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gettingby
06-03-2008, 09:25 AM
If you received a request from a really top, super agent, would it hurt to to let them know they are your top choice? I have had some big agents request my stuff in the past, but this one is so right on every level. Should I just play it cool or can I say I love you (in other words, of course)? And if I should say something, how do I say it without sounding stupid? I have had so many close calls, but this time I really, really want it, need it. Help. Or do I just play it cool and send everything off like it is nothing. Why does trying to get an agent feel so much like dating?

MoonWriter
06-03-2008, 10:24 AM
I would remain distant and professional until he/she agrees to represent you. Then, I'd propose.

VGrossack
06-03-2008, 12:55 PM
I think you should play it cool - unless - you have information that you can share that will help the agent realize that you would be a good author to represent. Hopefully, however, you have done this already. At this point you should focus on meeting the agent's needs and desires and not emphasize your own.

Stacia Kane
06-03-2008, 01:31 PM
I don't have a new or different answer, but this is the sweetest question. It made me smile.

sheadakota
06-03-2008, 03:38 PM
Why does trying to get an agent feel so much like dating?
Gettyby, I have no great advice for you but I just wanted you to know, I feel the same way! Everytime the phone rings I think is it the agent?? then feel that disappointment when its someone else.

This waiting is killing me! You are not alone!

timewaster
06-03-2008, 04:33 PM
Its a business relationship. To take you on they must believe they can make money out of you - that is all that matters. It helps if you get on - it helps a lot, but it is still a business relationship.

OneTeam OneDream
06-03-2008, 04:35 PM
I can't give you any new advice, but I can tell you that the agent better darn well think that they are your top priority...why else did you query them?

Phaeal
06-03-2008, 05:04 PM
If you can congratulate the agent on a recent sale, I'd say that's about as personal as you should get. The last thing you want is to look like you'll be calling everyday and murmuring "Play Misty for me."

scope
06-03-2008, 06:06 PM
Ditto to all of the above--you really have no choice but to remain professional. That's what the agent expects from you and everyone else s/he represents.

Shadow_Ferret
06-03-2008, 06:08 PM
What the others said. Keep it cool and professional until they sign on.

Then you can reveal you're a fanboy.

Exir
06-03-2008, 07:28 PM
Literary agents are no different from ANY middlemen or agency in other markets. If you are seeking a house and walk up to a real-estate agent, will you go and say, "oh agent, I love you, you are the one I have been seeking all along"?

I hope not.

SPMiller
06-03-2008, 07:58 PM
You don't want to come on too strong. Scares em away.

steveg144
06-03-2008, 08:12 PM
Miss Snark once pointed out that, while she loved getting tokens of affection from writers she was representing, getting such tokens from writers who were still in the "seeking representation" stage was a bit, well, creepy.

Blondchen
06-03-2008, 11:06 PM
If you received a request from a really top, super agent, would it hurt to to let them know they are your top choice? I have had some big agents request my stuff in the past, but this one is so right on every level. Should I just play it cool or can I say I love you (in other words, of course)? And if I should say something, how do I say it without sounding stupid? I have had so many close calls, but this time I really, really want it, need it. Help. Or do I just play it cool and send everything off like it is nothing. Why does trying to get an agent feel so much like dating?

Man, I'd pay cash money to watch somsone tell an agent "I love you." That would be so awesome. Just the image made me smile!

Novelhistorian
06-04-2008, 12:42 AM
The question made me smile too. Except that seekingan agent is worse than dating, because in dating, at least there's a chance you'll have a good time, whether or not you find love.

But as for answering the question, put it this way. If you got a letter professing love from someone you'd never met--worse, based entirely on a service you could provide--what would you think?

I'd suggest saving your declaration until said agent has done something to justify it. I suspect both of you will be happier that way.

Polenth
06-04-2008, 01:29 AM
Man, I'd pay cash money to watch somsone tell an agent "I love you." That would be so awesome. Just the image made me smile!

If I'm paying cash to watch, I want something more than "I love you". That'd get a funny look, but we could do better.

Such as:

"I love you so much! You're my soul mate, my one true love! I want to be with you forever and ever, and get married and have your babies (even though we're both women). I'm never letting you out of my sight again!"

Something like that would cause blind panic. Probably some fleeing too. It might also get the person arrested for being a crazy stalker, but you can't win them all.

Anyway, tangent over. Back to the thread...

Blondchen
06-04-2008, 02:33 AM
If I'm paying cash to watch, I want something more than "I love you"...

Do we need to put the "Adult Content" warning on this thread?

Polenth
06-04-2008, 02:46 AM
Do we need to put the "Adult Content" warning on this thread?

No no, I'm into that stuff. Just over-the-top melodramatic declarations of undying love, with stalker overtones. I don't think it's much to ask.

brainstrains
06-04-2008, 04:57 PM
I was so excited when my agent called to offer representation that I blurted out, "I don't need to think! You're my first choice! Here's my firstborn."

Or something like that.

There was this uncomfortable silence, after which she said, "Wow, thanks" but really meant, "Wow, I just offered to rep a freak."

Still, it worked out. I probably should have waited. I think she was happy to have someone who was so enthusiastic about her on her list. So many authors try so hard to play it cool because that's what we're SUPPOSED to do, but I don't think any agent would fault you for being genuinely excited and appreciative for the opportunity to work with them.

Oh, and now my agent and I tell each other "I love you" all the time.