I have enough faith in Moonrat's opinion that if she was willing to take this guy to lunch that he's probably good enough that he's going to find a deal elsewhere.
Maybe he felt that "life's too short" to go with someone less experienced. He probably spend a few years of his life writing this book and why should he go with the first person that shows interest?
The attitude that authors should be forever grateful to any agent or editor that shows them the slight bit of attention is disheartening.This post mocks the author and calls him names, which is far more disrespectful than anything he did to Moonrat (which was, as far as I can gather, merely asking her boss to read his work).
Well, here I thought I was preaching to the choir about how not to do things. Clearly this reader/commenter has missed the point.
No one asked the author to be forever grateful.
No one called the author names other than author/prospective author. (I re-read the post to make sure)
And just asking the publisher to read material on submission as though it's no big deal demonstrates a completely naive mindset about how this industry works.
Let me be clear: I've never asked an editor if the publisher has read a novel I've SOLD to them let alone one that is on submission without an offer. NEVER.
I have confidence that if a publisher needs to read something before there's an offer or expression of interest, the editor knows this and will tell me about it.
This was a get to know you lunch. It was not an offer on the table, let's hammer out a deal lunch. This wasn't a I'm offering on this book, I want to woo you lunch. This was a you've got a good idea, and here are the things that need to change before I can take it to ed board lunch. If the author doesn't think those changes are the right direction, the only correct response is thank you for lunch, how about them Yankees.
Let me be extra clear: This author behaved in a way that lost him the interest of the editor, and most likely put his agent on red alert for future editorial interactions.
Authors should be treated with respect. That's a given.
You know what? Editors should be too.