I have no idea why. I’ve decided with full finality I’ll not be pursuing the gatekeepers and their system of self-predation and capriciousness, arbitrary and ridiculous. I’ve shaken the dust of their desiccated cadavers from my feet long since, and have set my shoulders firmly against them. I rant against them, and will try with all I am to dissuade any writers I see from going that route.
Yet I keep one agent’s blog in my feed reader. When something pops up, I mark it as read without reading it, and then go on through the rest of my feeds.
I don’t know why this is. She’s not particularly helpful or insightful – I mean, if she were insightful she’d have jumped off this sinking ship before now – but I left her in there. She’s got nothing to say I need to read. Recently she shared some rejections she’s gotten from “publishing” houses on projects she’s submitted. How’s that helpful? Well, for sycophants, it showed how we all have to deal with rejection, even us gatekeepers, by golly. But for someone like me, it just showed more of the subjective stupidity which is, and has been for many, many years, the publishing industry.
All the editor statements made me laugh. They said things about how they didn’t feel this, it didn’t do that for them. None of them said anything concrete or objective. How can they? You read a bit of writing and you either like it or don’t. It’s completely subjective. And no one, NO ONE, should be making a living by voicing their opinions. There should be no such thing as a paid critic. Why do we need that? What need does that fill, seriously? The need for those fat-cat fat-a$$es to raise a fork to their pudgy lips is all I can see.
Anyone, and everyone, is a critic. Why should they get paid for it? I can insult you for free, why go to them? If I like you, I can praise you out the wazoo and blow sunshine up your skirt with the best of ‘em. So why not pay me? I need the money more than they do.
But this agent’s blog remains a part of my feed, and I can’t say why. I guess it might be because she’s a sister in Christ, but she doesn’t really say anything overtly Christian in her posts. She’s pretty well known around the Internet now, but I’m not going to be trying to comment on her sycophant list any time soon. She doesn’t know me or care what I think. Why should I leave her on my blog?
I’m tempted to do so to find out how long it takes for the last dodo to die, the last dinosaur to breathe its last, for the last of the gatekeepers to finally cease, expire and fall to the dust and ruin they’ve created around their own feet.
I’m loving the decay and the crumble, though I’ve no ill-will sentiment toward this person.
I don’t know why she’s there, honestly. Maybe I’ll unsubscribe soon. I follow her on Twitter after all. If she says something interesting I can always chase it down from there.
What do you think? Do you still follow agent blogs, if you ever did? Or are you turning the corner to the future?