- Dec 8, 2005
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Thanks for the information, AnnMB. I'll get a query ready for January.
That's kinda strange. I mean, it's true that fantasy (with Science Fiction) is the smallest of the genres, but that's been true for a while. It's not my impression that fantasy is even dwindling, much less dying.Carmy said:It's interesting to read that some are finding fantasy a hard sell but it bears out what happened to a writer friend about six years ago. He had published 24 fantasy novels via one of the top agencies when the agent informed him to write in another genre because fantasy was dying.
I received a very firm almost abusive e-mail from Robert as I asked for a time line and was specific about my needs etc. I have learned that honesty is the best policy but not everyone is capable of answering my requests as I ask for information and don't want to be told a "story" I would rather be honest with my expectations and have the other person be honest as well. This got abusive in a scary way though so I am not so sure about this agent.
I think far to often it is a hit or miss game with agents. The ego's in this business are so funny and often get in the way but as writers we have to be careful of who we are dealing with and look for the truth and not what we want to hear. I wish agents were regulated as it would help prevent the fears and the risk for a lot of us as its so tough to find just the right agent.
Barb I hope things go well and I would stay on top of everything as he seems very busy and gets upset when you ask for information and gets very personal. I think needlessly. A little tact= lots of $ in business.
Yeah, this doesn't surprise me, Jag. Go take a look at their blog. Their last two entries - My dad once told me that you can get a good idea of a person's character by seeing "How well he/she treats those that he/she doesn't have to treat well.
I agree completely. A persons character is very important.
In this case an agent can become a preadator very easily as they are not regulated. However, what comes around goes around and when writers talk and voice their opinions its easy to to research and compare notes and to make good decisions.
It is a positive as I am not involved in a contract with this person and can sleep easy at night. I will update the group of my progress etc.