Thursday, March 17, 2011

My Most Embarrassing Agent story

This was all Stephanie Sun's idea (music included)

18 comments:

  1. Trial by fire aye? Thanks for sharing.

    PS - hahaha I would of laughed at your self intro as Ike!

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  2. I LOVED this. What a funny/moving post. (Stephanie--love Beyonce in the background). :) xo, Sarah Jio

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  3. Refreshing and honest. SO glad you shared this! I can relate to the public speaking thing. When I took oral comm in college, I used to think I'd rather have, like, five teeth pulled at once than speak in public. When I actually got up there, told people how I met my hubby online and people laughed, though, it wasn't so bad...

    How awesome is it that you had women like that to help you out in such a stressful situation? Those are the best kind of friends to have.

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  4. Elizabeth, I love this! I have met so many authors recently who just adore you! Thank you for being a great agent, and for being willing to share this story. I hate public speaking too. Which isn't such a great thing in this line of work. Perhaps it will get better with time. (?)

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  5. I love this! Such a great story! Claire is so wonderful. What you said about women and writers looking out for each other is one of my absolute favorite things about being a writer.

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  6. Elizabeth! My first video thank-you! You are so kind, but I remember it well - you were a super star even then. Also, you might not remember this, but that boyfriend of yours inspired me to put a glass blower in my fourth novel, Life's a Beach, which I was writing at the time!

    I love what you said about women helping one another. So, so true. As one of my characters once said, karma is a boomerang!

    Wishing you continued joy and success. Your clients are so lucky to have you!

    xxxClaire
    ClaireCook.com
    facebook.com/ClaireCookauthorpage
    twitter.com/ClaireCookwrite

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  7. P.S. Thank you, Allie! (I didn't see your post when I posted.) You're wonderful, too, and I totally agree that looking out for each other is the best part!

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  8. A great idea, Stephanie! And Elisabeth, you may not like public speaking, but you're a natural in front of the camera. What a fun story, and lovely to hear about such kind support. Thanks for sharing this.

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  9. What a great post. I love hearing stories like this. And it doesn't surprise me that Claire was so gracious. We've never met, but I know many fellow authors who think the world of her and I'm certain I would (will) too when we finally do.

    P.S. I would've chuckled at your intro!

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  10. I can attest that Claire Cook is a wonderful writer and champion of writers. What a wonderful story! Thank you for sharing it.

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  11. Ugh, I feel your pain. I am SO not a public speaker type. But unfortunately, it is sometimes necessary. Thanks so much for sharing this!

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  12. Thanks everyone for chiming in! Claire is awesome.

    And I think the public speaking gods are telling me something. Was just asked to be on NYU's MFA agent panel in April...am thinking I'll mock vlog it first...hahahaha

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  13. Hi from another Hallie!

    I can only imagine the terror! I have gotten better over the years about speaking in front of others, but on the spot, in front of 300...whew! You deserve some sort of award for that!

    I love hearing about writers helping writers. It reinforces what I already know!

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  14. Thanks, Elisabeth. I love these stories about the human beings behind the talks, behind the speeches, behind the successful books. The industry can feel so daunting at times, but these stories are a reminder that it's all made up of people.

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  15. As someone who relies primarily on female authors to make TDW a success, I KNOW how wonderful, thoughtful, and lovely they all are!

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