Sunday, February 21, 2010

You Mean, Actually TALK to an Agent?




I wasn’t going to blog today, but I came across something that really intrigued me, so I thought it was worth a blog post. Mark W. McVeigh, a former editor, has started a new literary agency and is offering a chance to Skype with him for fifteen minutes regarding anything publishing related. All you have to do is get ten people to follow his blog (be sure they drop your name in his comments section).

Now, I’m not the most eloquent on the phone. Indeed, I’ve been accused of sounding rather like a stuttering ten year old. So, a phone conversation with Mr. McVeigh—or eep, Skype convo!!!—would likely be a lame, most futile endeavor for me, and may actually make the poor man block my email address from his account (not a good start for someone preparing to query). So, I’d like it very much if you would go comment on Mr. McVeigh’s blog and please drop someone else’s name, like Tricia J. O’Brien or Wendy Morrell, for example.

If, however, you choose to drop my name, I will not hate you. In fact, if I met my ten people quota, I would likely have to videotape the skype call with Mr. McVeigh, as it may very well go down in history as one of the most embarrassing moments of my life. And yeah, I am anxious to win some money from America’s Funniest Home Videos (and for some reason, my husband won’t let me videotape my three year old throwing a golf club at his testicles, so it seems I must take a different route). But—as much as I just looooove embarrassing myself—I’d just as soon rather you dropped someone else’s name. Be sure, of course, to get your own ten followers so that you can have your own conversation with Mr. McVeigh. Perhaps you sound a little less like a douche on the phone than me.


P.S. You have until the stroke of midnight, Monday, February 22, 2010.


  1. He is going to be one busy man over the next few weeks! Very cool though.

  2. Thanks for the shout-out, Carol. I got my 10! So no need to reference me, guys. Although I'm freaking out about what I've got myself into.

  3. Hmm... help Carol embarrass herself. Let me see. Should I? Um... oh, I don't know. That's a tough one.

    Oh, okay, I'll do it. ;)

  4. Yup - the thought of the phone call/skype thing terrifies me! I signed up for the blog though :)

  5. Hey Carol! I am following him now, so you can count me as one of yours... :)

  6. Sweet of you to mention me. Thanks! However, I'm with Simon on this one. 'Hmm.. help Carol embarrass herself. Let me see. Should I?' YES WE SHOULD!!

    It would make for another truly sidesplitting post!

  7. I've followed him and commented that it was due to you. :)

    I hate the phone myself! Much better when writing. But you're going to do great!

    Mystery Writing is Murder

  8. Yea, I really can't help dropping your name. You know you want us to anyway! Sneaky girl.

  9. You know I'd NEVER want you to embarrass yourself! But I HAVE to leave the name of the person who told me about this opportunity! *Big cheesy grin*

  10. Too late to get my own 10, but I'm going over and dropping your name, so take one for the team and get that webcam out!

  11. I'm headed over to drop your name now! I else will you win that AFV contest? No need to write me a thank you letter...

    Can't wait to hear how it goes - in all honesty - I have no doubt that you will rock it out!

  12. I'm not entering for that very same reason! I'd much prefer an online chat. Good luck to those who enter!

  13. Aw, Carol! You would be great. Although I would never ever want to do this. I hate talking on the phone, and Skype totally wigs me out. So I get it. How is the querying going, anyway? I need to email you.

  14. Oh, wow, I'm so embarrassed it took me so long to respond to comments. Yikes. Sorry about that. This month has been maddening.

    Kimberly, you're welcome!

    Anissa, I was thinking the same thing!

    Tricia, you're welcome. And no worries, sweets! You can do it! What a great opportunity for you, no?

    Simon, uh, nice try. But I will not be meeting my 10 requirement! Muahahahahaha! No embarrassing vloggity vlog for you, Mr. I-like-to-embarrass-my-friends.

    Jemi, I know, right? I can hardly order pizza without breaking into giggly fits.

    Tiffany, oh my, you guys are making my numbers go up...hmmm...embarrasing vlog on its way? (Thanks, sweetie)

  15. Wendy, I did not have you pegged as the devious type ;) And I'm not sue how hilarious it would be, actually. It would probably be one of those where people cringe, and say things like, "Ohhhh, did she really just say THAT?" Ha! Okay, that might be a little funny (to everyone but me).

    Melissa, oh of course not. I completely understand. Indeed, you have quite a lovely smile, so I'm glad to at least be able to give you a reason to flash it. Ha! Thanks, luv.

    Elizabeth, you are thoughtful. It's all in good fun ;)

    Christopher, if only you had ever spoken to me on the phone, you'd understand why I hesitate to put myself out there. I don't think you understand the extent of my severe phone introversion. I once completely fudged up a Chinese take-out order because I just kept agreeing with the take-out guy on whatever he said (even though I had no idea what he was saying). But thank you....

    Julie, I love how you phrase that: take one for the team. Hahahaha! Yes, I suppose this is exactly how it would be. Ha!

    Kristi, oh you are ever so thoughtful of my hopes and dreams...hahaha! AFV, here I come! And thank you, sweetie, in all regards.

    Christine, you're welcome!

  16. Feywriter, we are two birds of a feather!! ;)

    Anne, so glad someone understands! Ha! And I need to e-mail you, too!! OH gosh, I keep forgetting. I swear, I'll e-mail you TODAY! (Although probably later).


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