Wednesday, June 30, 2010

WTF Wednesday: Query Pyramid Schemes


Okay, so I'm still in shock about this one. I've gotten the bogus emails from Nigeria before--you know the ones asking you to give them your bank account, so they can make a deposit of oh, 50oK or so, and then you'll magically get 10% of it for simply allowing them to transfer money through them. Actually, I got that one many years ago in snail mail as well.

So this morning through my post haze 3:30 am bedtime after Eclipse's Midnight Showing, I peer down at my iPhone to see the following email:

*I did decide to block out the agents names, this person's email, and phone number*

From: BLANK
To: BLANK
Sent: Wednesday, June 30, 2010 3:18:58 AM GMT -06:00 US/Canada Central
Subject: Query from India

Hi there,


Greetings from India.

A recap, since that is needed, please.

In December, I landed myself three agents from the UK and US for my Indian reincarnation historical novel set in strife-torn, anarchic British Calcutta during 1885-1905.

They were BLANK of the Maggie McKernan Literary Agency in the UK, and Blank of the US.

I chose BLANK as she was absolutely fascinated by the book.

After several revisions, I suddenly got a mail from her day before yesterday saying she was opting out for personal reasons.

I am devastated since we had planned to begin submissions in July.

Over the phone, she told me that she was taking leave from agenting for an indefinite period because of some personal crisis.

She has, however, been kind enough to refer me to some of her colleagues but frankly, that does not excite me.

The novel, which was meant to hit NY next month and is at 98k words after revision, is thus now up again for rep.


Would you care to have a look, please?


BLANK says she has not submitted the MS anywhere.


I am willing, of course, to share all correspondence that I have had with Patty.

Thanks

BLANK


Deputy Editor

New Delhi, India

Ph: and ( Pl feel free to call anytime)*I blocked out their number.

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WTF?

I mean, I'm not an agent.....I don't even play one on TV, so I'm not sure why this person is emailing me asking for representation. Not to mention, it's not actually SENT to me. WHAT?Plus, I love the line about how they're not too thrilled by being recommended to the agent's other colleagues. Um, why wouldn't you want to do that rather than having to start all over? It reeks of ick as well when showing all correspondance from the other agent. Um, does she know that? If she is an actual agent....I'm still half asleep people so I haven't done all the leg work!

Sighs....so, after getting this, I'm thinking there's enough wtf's to make it a weekly segment. And that is fairly frightening!!




















Saturday, June 19, 2010

Where the Hell Have I been & How GotYA got me!!!!

Howdy peeps,


Yeah, I just realized that it had been almost a month since I posted. So, where the hell have I been? Was I lost in the desert somewhere like the Grizzwalds on their hellish crusade aka vacation to Wally World?















Um, no.

I wish I had that good of an excuse, but sadly, I don't. To go this long without blogging is...scary and shocking and slothful and a whole bunch of other "s" words. I promise you that the big L has gotten in the way....yep, life. Things have been rough, but there's a light at the end of the tunnel. Changes are coming my way. I can't really say for certain what they are yet, but this time next week I should be able to.

While my personal blog has suffered, I have been blogging over at my group blog GotYA. Here's some of my posts:

Flashback Fridays: 80's and 90's Toys...I even vlogged for this one....it's scary!

Flashback Fridays: 80's and 90's Fashion

Flashback Fridays: Memorial Day Salute to Veterans

Flashback Fridays: Summer Vacation Memories

Flashback Fridays: Summer Vacation Reads

Besides LIFE being scary and sucky, I spent a few days at Hilton Head. Love, love, love Hilton Head and the beach, but this time I had a little snafoo when I tried to come in around noon from the beach. Never worn flip flops on the beach before when I was there....didn't have them on thsi time, and what happen? 2nd degree burns on the bottom of my feet! Yes, I know, CRAZY! I ended up not getting to go back to the beach on Thursday, and thankfully, I made it back on Friday. My left foot is STILL healing. Yeah, not good.

Then this coming Thursday, I leave for Washington DC to attend the ALA conference!!!! I've never been to DC before, so I'm going up a few days before the conference, so I can see the sights. I'm also so pumped about meeting the authors at the conference along with some writing buddies too!

Tomorrow I promise to post blog awards since people have been kind enough to bestow them on me even when I suck at bogging lately!