Random Friday

I could ramble some more about GDPR or the very interesting What? comments (20 of them deleted before starting to write this), but since Kris Rusch has opened a can of worms, I shall talk about that instead. Well, she didn’t really open the can herself, but she’s the one I follow, so I read the report from her.

If you’re a young writer and you’re still looking for an agent, STOP RIGHT NOW! No matter where you are in the world, but especially if you are NOT in the US, DO NOT QUERY A US AGENT! Clear? Now, the why.

An Agent Nightmare Revealed by Kris Rusch. And for her Patreon patrons she added a couple of links I will share with you. My commentary will probably NOT be as informed as hers, but well… I’m not her, LOL! 😉

The Guardian about Chuck Palahniuk being close to broke because he was with That Agency. I mean, Chuck “Fight Club, now a major motion picture with Brad Pitt and Edward Norton” Palahniuk! It’s one of my 3 favorite movies of 1999 (and yes, I read the book, I have the paperback, and I didn’t enjoy it as much as I enjoyed the movie – no Brad’s abs in the book, LOL!)

Here’s were he apologize for blaming publishers and piracy when it was his agent accountant stealing from him.

 I’ve worked with the same team of people since 1994.  To suspect anyone was stealing, I had to be crazy.

And then I wasn’t.  You may have read about this over the weekend in the New York Post.  All the royalties and advance monies and film option payments that had accumulated in my author’s account in New York, or had been delayed somewhere in the banking pipeline, it was gone.  Poof.  I can’t even guess how much income.  Someone confessed on video he’d been stealing.  I wasn’t crazy.

If you’ve written to me chances are that your letter passed through the hands of the accused.  He’d collect the mail and forward it to me.  He seemed like a good guy.  Like a prince of a guy.  Like man-crush material.  And then he wasn’t.


So on the minus side, I apologize for cursing my publishers.  And I apologize for any rants about piracy.  My publishers had paid the royalties.  Piracy, when it existed, was small scale.

I do hereby humbly apologize.

Headshaking. So take it from him. Forget agents. They are unregulated and even the big agencies can embezzle your money.

Now I’m not saying you’ll get rich quick by Indie Publishing – you won’t. I haven’t been able to quit my day job and I’ve been doing this since 2011. But I don’t write in the popular genres. And even if you do, don’t take it as a get-rich-quick scheme, cuz it doesn’t work that way.

If you want to go with a traditional publisher, submit to them directly. Cut the middle man. Let those darn agents die the death that awaits any obsolete profession. They are no longer needed. Not for your writing.

You don’t need their approval. Go write and submit or publish. Heinlein’s Rules, remember? 😉 Have a great weekend! 😀

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