Sunday, January 7, 2007

The Happy Hooker

Blog of the Week: Miss Snark (see sidebar)

In which the anonymous literary agent "Miss Snark" vents her wrath on the hapless world of writers and crushes them to sand beneath her T. Rexual heels of stiletto snark.

Miss Snark is indeed quite snarky and it's fun to watch her strike out at the dim-witted and the kiss-asses. However, she is also quite generous and informative when dealing with serious writers who have done some research (and can actually read instructions).

If you have ever thought about sending a query to an agent for any piece of storytelling, you should check out her Happy Hooker Crap-o-Meter (HH COM) in which she allows bloggers to submit a 250 word "hook" during a 24 hour window. She posts all the entries and writes what she thinks of the hook (and so do her fans, who can be just as snarky). Her last Crap-o-Meter garnered almost 700 submissions and she read and commented on them all. She is currently doing a "round two" of the ones that perked her interest, during which the lucky contestants got to submit the first pages of their novels.

Round one of her HH COM comments ends with entry #682 on Dec 30.

My interest was not always perked when hers was and it became obvious that we enjoy different types of stories (she admits that she doesn't read much sci-fi / fantasy). However, 9 times out of 10 we had the same responses to the quality of the "hooks" no matter what the genre. Plus, it was also a very interesting look at what kinds of things Jack and Jill Q. Public are writing these days. A LOT of recurring themes.

I was also very pleased to see that no one came close to having a story line like mine (albeit some very general kinds of things like magical elements, going on a quest, having to leave a protected realm, etc).

2 comments:

Ken Clean-Air System said...

Your sidebar doesn't show the blogroll... maybe it got ditched when you transferred to the new Blogger? Also the Miss Snark link doesn't actually appear as a link but a text string. But I know Blogger's been doing funny things to my blog too... technology, eh? xo

OpenChannel said...

ooh, nice new pic, ken clean-air system.

sideroll, alas, disappeared when i transferred to new blogger. i also have to do my invites over again.

heh-heh, text string is just me being too lazy to put it in the html code. but perhaps it's easier now with NEW blogger!