STATUS: I didn’t accomplish nearly what I wanted today. Yuck.
What’s playing on the iPod right now? GUILTY by Bonnie Raitt
I admire the passion that would propel a writer to want to pitch a book in person to an agent and at the agent’s office.
The motive is admirable; the actual deed is not.
Please! I strongly recommend that you don’t follow this impulse. Regardless of the desire, it can be viewed as unprofessional and despite my best efforts, I end up having to be firm about saying NO about not taking the pitch in person—which is always construed as being rude.
Yes, you can probably guess this happened to me today. Not to mention, if the popper by is aggressive enough (as in not taking NO for an answer via the intercom and waiting in the lobby until somebody exited so they could come through a secure entrance), the whole action can be viewed as a little threatening. Now that wasn’t the case today but you can see where it could be.
When I mentioned the incident to a friend, he said “Your daring intruder may be right about the importance of sharing her passion for her project, but she has a few things to learn about listening, boundaries, and respect.”
And ultimately in the end, agents want clients who understand that.