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STATUS: Off to the conference.

What’s playing on the iPod right now? POSSESSION by Sarah McLachlan

My agent friends and I often laugh about how “in-the-know” some of our clients are.

In fact, it happened this morning. So many published authors are on chat loops, the minute even a hint of a rumor (regarding a line, or an editor, or whatever) gets whispered, it’s out in the loops in a flash and all the authors know about it—lots of times even before the agents do.

And I love that my clients immediately call or email me so I can track down or confirm the scoop. Now sometimes the rumors are wrong but a lot of times, where there is smoke there is indeed fire.

This always startles the editors but I’m not sure why. They must know that authors love talking with each other and there are many many venues in which to do so.

So I just have to say that if you are a published author and you aren’t linked in, you might want to get there. All you have to do is ask the other writers in your genre where they get their news and sign up for that loop (although some are invitation only).

You too can then be linked in. It bears an eerie resemblance to Radar Love mentioned in the song by Golden Earring.

11 Responses

  1. Kim Stagliano said:

    Especially the “voice in my head” part…. Love that song. And who doesn’t need a message from above every so often? I had a blog visit from a writer a week ago that has turned into the coolest new acquaintance ever. So I blogged it. I’ve met the most generous people on the writing lists and blogs.

  2. Kimber An said:

    This reminds me of when I was a nanny. We always heard it on the playground first, you know! That’s why our director at nanny school drilled it into our heads to keep our mouths shut. Nannies who know to get the best jobs. 😉 I’m not sure how to adjust that mindset to this new adventure.

  3. Anonymous said:

    “are” by invitation only.
    Sorry-my copy editing instincts won’t shut up.

  4. Kimber An said:

    Yeah, but they never work as nannies again and they can be sued. The worst thing is they have to live with knowing they did something which will emotionally harm the children entrusted to their care. A professional nanny knows any harm that comes to the parents will eventually effect the children too. The well-being of the children ALWAYS comes first to a professional nanny. Also, high profile families have nannies sign confidentiality agreements. Stay loyal and the rewards after leaving employment are great. Besides financial compensation, a former nanny will have visitation with her charges, allowing her to watch the babies she loved so much grow up. And she’ll be bragged about for generations to come in that family.

  5. kimberlyannstagliano said:

    Kimber An, My 10 year (with autism) FINALLY found a way to tell us how much she missed our Au Pair from S. Africa after 2 years. “Home. Africa. Home. S. America. Home.” I knew she meant Cindy had gone home to S. Africa. But I do love a tell all book too!

  6. Vicki said:

    The writer loops are great. And it’s so true. The minute someone breaths the possible rumor to be truth people are not only checking it out but reporting back in. Being a member of them gives information that you may or may not need at times but it also gives you info that can save you a lot of time and trouble.

    I’ve been a lurker here for a while and wanted to say that I love your blog.