A writer friend of mine *waves* is compiling a list of myths about agents for an upcoming workshop. Since we have quite a diverse group reading along here at this point, I thought it might be fun to see what people came up with. Based on yesterday’s post, I’m adding:
“…the editor/agent is likely not to remember who they met at the conference or remember what they asked for…” (thank you, writersweekend)
I was intending to respond to some of those comments but today is turning hectic (er, more hectic). So I’ll just say…. I know it’s possible that I won’t remember everyone I meet at a conference, but when I meet with someone for a pitch session, not only do I write down whether I asked for anything or not and what that material might have been, I additionally make a note of it on the back of the business card I hand to them. (And if it’s a less formal meeting, I write it down on the back of a business card and keep a copy for myself.) So, it’s possible the person in question was just excited and made a mistake, but I tend to find it unlikely given my careful approach to such things. Of course, not everyone has my overdeveloped system, so the above myth may be true of some agents or editors.
Many of the other comments covered a number of very good points, almost all of which are elements of the feeling that I think I get when something I didn’t ask for shows up. Personally, I very much enjoyed stevethorn‘s reasons.