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Jay Lake
Date: 2007-01-31 06:03
Subject: In which we discover that Mike Patterson does not have an agent
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Tags:comics, funny, publishing, writing
Hmmm.
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Hugh Casey: I reject your reality...
User: hughcasey
Date: 2007-01-31 14:08 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:I reject your reality...
Wow. He sold a book out of the slush pile!

Well, before he signs that contract, he'd better GET an agent to read it over! *grin*
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John
User: djonn
Date: 2007-01-31 18:52 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Actually, I think -- though it's been some time, both in-strip and in the real world -- that some way or other the publisher had asked to see a novel from Mike, which would have made the submission a requested MS, rather than slush.

Still pretty fast reading, true; OTOH, depending on the relative size of the publisher and the editor's knowledge of Mike's particular circumstances, there's some wiggle room there. (It wouldn't be totally out of character for some of the less corporate SF/F houses to fast-track something in a time of sufficiently desperate authorial need....)
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Jim C. Hines
User: jimhines
Date: 2007-01-31 14:19 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I'm curious -- do you know anyone who has been notified of a novel acceptance (from a legitimate publisher) by receiving a contract in snail mail?

No call, no e-mail, no negotiation, no nothing? Hold on a sec, I know I left my suspension of disbelief around here somewhere...
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Steve
User: mroctober
Date: 2007-01-31 14:39 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I know one author this happened to, but the advance was 2K from a small press (actually, my publisher). I agree, this was too much. I don't think the comic creator knows much about how publishing works.
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Jim C. Hines
User: jimhines
Date: 2007-01-31 14:48 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Schulz is still my favorite comic creator when it comes to the challenges of writing and selling a novel. Snoopy's journey always felt much truer than most portrayals of the author's life.
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kit
User: mizkit
Date: 2007-01-31 14:25 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
No agent, a $25K offer for an advance, a contract in the mail with no phone call, AND he had to have sent the manuscript out AFTER their apartment burned down, cause he finished it that night, and that was the day or two before Christmas in both comic time and real time.

Not that I immediately began picking holes in that strip, or anything. O.O (Actually, I really liked it, especially the last line, which I thought was very funny, but I didn't believe how it all conveniently came together. :))
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S-47/19-J
User: shsilver
Date: 2007-01-31 14:26 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
That's probably $25,000 Canadian.
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kit
User: mizkit
Date: 2007-01-31 15:50 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Yes, I said that too, but still! :)
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Steve
User: mroctober
Date: 2007-01-31 14:42 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Agreed.
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Jim C. Hines
User: jimhines
Date: 2007-01-31 14:46 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I hadn't realized he only finished it after Christmas.

Wait a minute, that means he actually got an editor to read his manuscript right after the holidays.

How did MZB used to put it? Belief should be suspended, not hung by the neck until dead?
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Mer, rhymes with bear
User: merriehaskell
Date: 2007-01-31 16:04 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Well, it *is* Canada. As you know, Bob, everyone is much nicer in Canada. Even slush piles are nicer. All the slush cozies up to itself and amoebically moves the best novels out of the piles right into the editor's hand. Canadian slush coos, too, actually. It's a lot like a giant paper tribble that way... but mind you don't get a papercut. But you don't actually need agents, not with Canadian slush.
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Eva Whitley
User: wouldyoueva
Date: 2007-01-31 18:57 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
My late DH always told aspiring authors that any agent that would take on an unpublished author isn't an agent you want.

He didn't get an agent until his third novel.

Getting back to the subject, he didn't get a contract in the mail, he got a call saying "Jack, I liked your book, I want to buy it!" Acceptance by contract would be out of the norm.
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Lawrence M. Schoen: Publicity shot
User: klingonguy
Date: 2007-01-31 16:58 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Publicity shot
Huh. I don't have an acceptance letter for my novel or a check for $25K in my mailbox this morning.

I wanna live in the cartoon universe!
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Eva Whitley
User: wouldyoueva
Date: 2007-01-31 18:58 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
It's a wonderous thing to be touched by a Patterson. Just ask Gordo.
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