Actually, that's the only one I have. Well, unless you include the disjointed, misspelled emails from my ex-agent. They're not funny, though.
A few thoughts on yesterday's oddball showcase:
- If you haven't begun the querying process yet, DON'T LET THIS SCARE YOU. I'm not in the business of scaring aspiring authors; I'm in the business of informing and encouraging. Trust me when I tell you that nothing like this has ever happened to me before, and I don't anticipate a repeat performance. Do your homework, query widely but selectively. You'll be okay.
- I DID NOT QUERY this agent! I queried a different agent at the same agency, someone I'd researched and decided was a potential fit. This is the first time I've ever received a rejection from someone other than the agent I queried or his/her assistant. (No, the oddball email was not from an assistant.)
- Jokes about drunkenness aside, a few comments about potential mental illness got me thinking. Honestly, it hadn't crossed my mind (I think I was too stunned). But you know, there are all manner of personality disorders out there, and some of them are...well, scary. (Yes, I know a person or two with a personality disorder. It's no laughing matter.) Best bet? When you're smacked with a largely inappropriate, imbalanced response from someone, whether in a query or in *real* life (because, yanno, this whole querying process is SO not real life), the thing to do is to step back and draw your boundary line. We can't allow ourselves to have potentially debilitating emotional responses to the behavior of others, which is out of our control. And which is also not our responsibility.
- Ultimately, life is strange! But it's also wonderful. And laughing together at the weird stuff feels good.
Swimming in your awesomeness!