Totally Off-Topic, but I've just looked at a map of Manhattan showing the literary agencies within spitting distance of the hotel we'll be staying at Thurs-Sat. MY GOODNESS!! It's like a writer's dessert bar. So. Many. Is it really bad form to drop in and say hello? ;)
I know Colin is joking around when he says this. YOU know Colin is joking around and yanking my chain just cause that's pretty hilarious to do.
My great fear is someone with less experience, and less time here on The Reef might read that and think "oh wait, what a good idea! What a great way to meet an agent!"
Do NOT do this.
Literary agencies are not retail, customer service based businesses such that you can walk in and ask for a price quote.
In fact, if you'd dropped in yesterday, even if I knew you, I'd have asked you to leave. I would have felt bad about it, but we were having book cases installed and people were working in different offices and there was a lot of noise, and books are everywhere. (As in on floors, on desks, on chairs!)
In other words, it's like dropping in on your mom the day she decided to wash every dish in the hutch by hand. She's glad to see you but this isn't the right time for tea and cookies.
We have had people drop by from time to time.
They never get past our Cerberus who is 5'1", size negative two, and the fiercest thing since ...well...me. She knows her job and she does it well.
Bottom line for those learning their way around publishing: it's easy to miss when someone is kidding around in a format that uses fonts for emoticons for winking or LOLing. Be aware of that and double check anything before you do it.
Bottom line for everyone: dropping in on agents is always the wrong choice. CALL, make an appointment and we're often times glad to see you.