Apparently this week I can rely on my clients for content. I love this one by Cherie Priest, especially:
No one will believe you did it by writing a book that was worth publishing. Aspiring writers will be sure that you had a secret short cut, and you are a raging bitch for holding out on all those other poor folks who are just as worthy as you, but who were unwilling to flash their boobies at exactly the right people. And if you don’t think people will actually say things like this, perhaps you have not yet published a book.
And this one….
People will use your name to lie. At least twice, other writers with whom I was peripherally acquainted approached my (now former) agent and told him that I’d recommended them.
…. because this has happened to me. Also, people writing to say you requested something at a conference when you most certainly did not. I’ve even had people claim I was at conferences I didn’t attend where I also requested material (still can’t figure that one out at all – I know writers have fertile imaginations, but….).
Maybe I should work on “Things I’ve Learned About Agenting Since I First Sold a Book”….