If you see a Tweet that looks like this:
@EDITORAMAZING I am a lit agent. Would like to send you a submission. May I have your email?your agent is an utter nincompoop and you may quote me by name when saying that.
Let's unpack this, as they say on the postgame show:
1. A competent agent does NOT pitch editors on Twitter unless s/he knows them REALLY well. And even then, most competent agents will say something like "hey, I've Got That" to something an editor has said, and then phone or email the pitch.
2. A competent agent either knows the editor's email address, or how to figure it out, or knows who call to get it. At the very least a competent agent knows that an editor is NEVER going to give out her/his email address on Twitter.
When EditorAmazing shared this tweet with her coven, a few of us did some research. Turns out the "agent" in question doesn't have any background in publishing, and has no colleagues of any kind. In other words, someone who hung out a shingle and said "I'm open for business."
And even better: sent the same tweet to several editors in a row, so that all of them, while investigating who this was, could see them.
This agent is textbook nincompoop.