"After reading some of the comments on querytracker it's like writers somehow assume it's magically shielded from agent eyes"
I was quite struck with that because for all my blather about "the internet is public" sometimes it's VERY hard to remember that.
I fall afoul of it myself. My rather ..ahem.. mordant and sarcastic sense of humor goes over well with clients who are used to me (I hope anyway!) but when I comment on their blogs I need to remember it's not just clients reading those pithy phrases. Their moms are too. Or their kids. Or their spouses. Or just their friends who don't know that "batshit crazy" is what passes for a compliment around here.
I was reminded of this again tonight when, in trolling around the internet, I came across this post about a talk Wendy Loggia, an editor at Delacorte gave at SCBWI about why manuscripts or books are rejected:
It's item #4 that made my hair stand on end:
The writer seems like a difficult person to work with. Wendy always Googles an author’s name before offering a contract. She says she may be prompted to change her mind about signing up an author if they share too much information in their blog, if they tend to blog a lot about how hard writing is, if they blog about being rejected many times, if they publicly bash a book she’s worked on, or if they bash a colleague in the business who is her friendI keep a close eye on my client's blogs and tweets and Facebook pages, and your agent probably does as well. This is why.
Before you have an agent though, you're on your own, and remember, agents google too.
You're not invisible, no matter what the guy selling the cloak at Platform 9.5 said to you.