Pub Rants

A Very Nice Literary Agent Indulges in Polite Rants About Queries, Writers, and the Publishing Industry

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STATUS: Off to early start today…

What’s playing on the iPod right now? HOMETIME by One Eskimo

So charmingly tongue and cheek—even if all I can say is “ouch.” Talk about tapping into an author’s greatest fear….

Maybe a second career has a folk singer?

22 Responses

  1. MT said:

    Oh, that’s a good one. You gave me a laugh today.
    Now I’m curious about that guy and his books. Maybe he’s not for real though, just there for the song.
    Fun post. 🙂

  2. Michael said:

    Oh wow. How embarrassing and frustrating that must be. Kind of like sending queries to agents and getting no reply, I reckon.

  3. nymfaux said:

    That was AWESOME!!!!!
    ….a few weeks ago I ran into the book store and there was a signing, but I couldn’t stay…now I wish I new who it was…

  4. JEM said:

    High schoolers have the nightmare about showing up to school naked.

    Authors have the nightmare about showing up for a book signing and nobody’s there.

  5. Blee Bonn said:

    I would have bought a book if I’d seen him with no one in his line – I’ve done it before…for a woman in our town, it was a non-fiction book, but a book just the same. I buy books to support writers sometimes, even if it’s not something I might be interested in reading.

  6. tospinayarn said:

    That’s so sad. I would hate to be that poor guy. You’d really think he could have done something to get a few people there, at least his wife or a friend… 🙁

  7. Sheila Cull said:

    Oh, so funny, so cute but hey, at least somebody read his manuscript. His lit agent likely read it, maybe even a publisher. In fact, I’m jealous of him!

  8. Anonymous said:

    I’ve been to bookstores and seen this time and again…some poor schmuck there at a signing and nobody wants to make eye contact because they have no clue who this person is (and unwilling to find out while the author is standing there embarrassed).
    This seems like such an outdated method of publicity. When will it go the way of the dodo?

  9. graywave said:

    Great to see Parnell Hall still has his sense of humour. Where would we all be without one in the face of all that disinterest and rejection? (Right there at our keyboards, banging out the next WIP as usual, I suppose.)

  10. Rabia said:

    Oh, I’ve seen that before. It’s really cute, though ow! Poor man. At least he has a sense of humor about it.

  11. Rae Hitchings said:

    haha Wow. I don’t know whether to laugh or squirm. I wonder how many authors have had that happen to them. And I agree. At least he had enough of a sense of humour to sing about it. I’m definitely interested in his books now, so it was probably a good publicity stunt as well.
    Poor man.

  12. Petrea said:

    Good luck, Leigh! I hope you have a crowd.

    This video makes a good case for building a good online and a strong online presence.

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