Happy Monday! On the #MSWL Twitter just now, an agent just tweeted the following: “If you're voting for Trump, please don't query me. It's nothing personal--I just think you're an immoral, selfish monster :)”
In the past, you’ve said that the primary motivation of agents is to sell books. I keep hoping that is true, but tweets of this ilk have shrunk my available query list, though this is the first one I’ve seen in the #MSWL hashtag. I have never tweeted about politics and never plan to, my genre is paranormal fantasy, and in regards to your last week’s “clean up your social media” blog post, I have not now nor have I ever been an asshat on the interwebs. In that spirit, I will not query this agent per her preferences, but I’m wondering if this “Republicans need not apply” exclusion has a future. What do you hear in the ocean deep?
I really struggled with this.
About seven drafts later I think I finally know what to say.
(do you do this too? Write to figure out what you think?)
Do I think there will be some sort of political litmus test in the future, a modern day loyalty oath?
But I do think all agents have things they cull for. Just like you have things you cull your agent sub list for.
This agent was simply more outspoken and pre-emptive about hers.
I have a list of topics I don't take on.
I don't have a list of people I won't take on.
Well, ok, there's one kind of person who shouldn't query me. Someone who thinks it's ok to be rude to the junior staff.