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On tweeting queries... A follow up

First, I would like to thank everyone for your candid answers on THIS BLOG POST.

While there is a huge range of often heated emotions, everyone was super respectful-- but also honest, and I appreciate that. 

I guess the most shocking thing of all, for me, is I truly hadn't realized the depth of the emotions some people have on this topic.I had clearly not given nearly enough thought to the topic. And in reflecting upon my past #queries tweets, I began to filter through the comments, my own actions, the behavior of other agents, sites like Slush Pile hell, and my own experience as a writer.

After I announced my change in policy, several people tweeted, emailed, or commented, disapointed that I would change my policy.

And while I understand where they are coming from-- they certainly have plenty of arguments of their own-- it boils down to one thing:

Those #queries tweets  are a reflection of me. As an agent, and as a person. And you know what? The image some people had based on those tweets was not the image I thought I was projecting. It didn't represent the person I am.

I love this job, this industry, and the people in it. Including the writers. I have clients becuase I found them in the slushpile-- just looking for their chance to be heard.

In other words, I have respect for you and your work.  Period. And that comes into question if I "poke fun" at queries, even if it is "all in good fun" or done in what I had thought was a constrcutive, helpful way.

Becuase it's not helpful if I hurt your feelings, or you feel embarassed. It's not helpful to make struggling writers feel worse about themselves.

So, I hope y'all understand where I am at with this, and know that my intentions are good, and I'm heretofore moving out of the "gray area" which has spurned much debate of late.

Comments

( 10 comments — Leave a comment )
meaganspooner
Sep. 3rd, 2010 10:13 pm (UTC)
You are basically just awesome. That's all. :)
bostonerin
Sep. 3rd, 2010 11:39 pm (UTC)
Bravo, Mandy! I think you're making a great choice, ethically and professionally.
ext_246953
Sep. 4th, 2010 01:15 am (UTC)
While I never got anything but a wonderful impression of you, I totally respect your opinion and choice. . . in fact, the heart shown behind the decision shows more for your character than either side of the "discussing query letters" debate.
Much Respect!
laurenbarnholdt
Sep. 4th, 2010 01:41 pm (UTC)
Good for you -- I think that's awesome!
(Anonymous)
Sep. 4th, 2010 02:50 pm (UTC)
Tweeting queries
Mandy,

If you and other agents want to tweet queries, all you have to do is ask permission. Sure, it takes time, but it shows respect for the person who took the time and trouble to query you. I can't understand why any agent would have a problem with this. If the relationship is truly a reciprocal one, doing that seems to be a no-brainer. It's the Golden Rule, after all.

Paula B.
The Writing Show
http://www.writingshow.com
sruble
Sep. 5th, 2010 04:38 pm (UTC)
Bravo! Your new policy and the reasoning behind it are sound. It also reflects the way that you are on your blog, the Blue Boards and other places online, where you're kind, helpful and professional. Looking forward to your new tweets on the subject and happy that I won't have to cringe once in a while because specifics won't be mentioned anymore.
angelafrancis.wordpress.com
Sep. 6th, 2010 01:18 am (UTC)
I think you're doing a great job!!
ext_248118
Sep. 6th, 2010 10:49 pm (UTC)
Thank you for this blog post! I'm nowhere near the point of querying yet but have been reading up on anything and everything to do with the process. It did make me nervous to read sites like slushpile hell and to hear about query excerpts being tweeted. Seems like this has been a hot topic lately, but reading what you've said here about your policy change definitely helps me feel better about sending my query out one day.
(Anonymous)
Sep. 6th, 2010 04:24 am (UTC)
tweeting
I knew I liked U from the beginning. U give it from the heart. ;-) RubyRed0
thereallyrealcuriouscrow.blogspot.com
Sep. 7th, 2010 09:21 pm (UTC)
I have to say, based on observing the empathy and grace (and downright mature, open-minded soul-searching...not this-is-how-I-feel-and-that's-the-way-it-is-"ness") with which you considered all sides of this tweet-query discussion, you won my heart enough for me to take a chance on querying you! No matter what you decide with mine, you're refreshing! I ditto Meaganspooner: "You are basically just awesome." Carry on!

--Kalinda Schreiber
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