From agent Wendy Lawton:
We talk a lot about the kinds of writers we love to work with but when we agents get together the talk often turns to the writers we hate representing.
And there is always one standout– one writer we all cite as the writer we’d most hate to represent. The entitled writer.
This is a tough business and it takes a team to make a project work these days. It takes a hardworking writer who has a “servant attitude.” That’s a hard term to define. It doesn’t mean the writer is low man on the totem pole. Some of our greatest leaders of all time had a servant attitude. It means that you will selflessly serve others.
My own job requires a servant attitude. My place in this industry is to serve my clients and to serve the publishers. I can think of no better work.
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It’s the writer who refuses to edit, claiming his first draft was good enough. After all, what’s an editor for?
It’s the author who won’t do his share of marketing. He doesn’t have time and besides, the publisher has a whole department to do this.
It’s the wannabe writer who can’t be bothered to read publishing blogs, work on the craft, or attend conferences. He just calls an agent on the phone and says he plans to get his book published and wants to know how.
It’s the person with a story who comes up to an author at a signing and tells her that he has a great idea for a book. Can she write it? They can split the profits.
Link to the rest at Books & Such Literary Management
PG wants to nominate “a hardworking writer who has a ‘servant attitude’” for some award somewhere.
Maybe “The Best Reason Not to Call this Agent” award or the “If the Author is the Servant, Who is the Master?” award.
Or visitors to TPV can decide if a different award is more appropriate.