Here's a re-post of a phone call we received about a year ago--and a "spot the errors" game.
There are twelve things wrong with the phone call--see if you can spot them all! Comment with your guesses.
We've received more than our usual due of crazy callers this week, and rather than type up transcripts of that misery, I'll repost my favorite. And yes, this really did happen. The moment I hung up, I jotted down every sentence I remembered.
At my company--as is not uncommon with small agencies--generally whoever's closest will answer the phone. This results in the occasional Angry Writer telling me (an agent) that I'm not qualified to answer their question about whether we represent books about aliens on skateboards with guns and how it relates to their own personal alien abduction. Am I eagerly waiting for their queries? You betcha!
Tips/answers to follow.
Me: Houses. Publishing houses.
Her: "Yeah, publishing agencies. So, can you take on my book?"
Me: It's not quite right for us. See, we don't do mysteries...
Her: "Well, you're probably not qualified to tell me, but what agents are right? See, I've got my LMP..."