Of all of the fallout from #agentfail, Nathan Bransford's response is the best: be an agent for a day.
I think this idea is made of incredible and frosted with excellent.
It was too late for me to comment on the queries, but I read them all and checked out a bulk of the responses.
Three of the queries were for already published books, which I knew before I started wading through the fifty. Even though I made my mind up pretty quick on some of them, I kept on wondering if I made the right choice: was this one of the three?
He won't do the big reveal until tomorrow.
No, I wouldn't want to be an agent or an editor. The idea that I might be the one to turn down Harry Potter or the Da Vinci Code would put me in a catatonic state.
Some of the queries and sample pages gave me immediate viceral responses- positive and negative. I wonder if editors and agents ever go with their guts toward the negative responses. There have been plenty of best sellers that turn my stomach immediately and maybe the stomach-churning response could be just as telltale as the electric-eel-to-the-heart reaction.
I can't wait to find out the results.