Monday, February 13, 2012

Two tips for THE CALL with a literary agent when offered representation.


Just so you know, guys, I would have paid GOLD if someone gave me these two tips before THE CALL.

CAVEAT: Works with scheduled SKYPE calls only.

1) Try to get/borrow a computer that doesn’t whir when warmed up. The agent might ask, “What is that weird sound?” And you might be too nervous to admit your computer is from the Flintstones era. And then you’ll end up more even nervous than when the conversation started.

2) DON'T try to curl up your eyelashes before The Call. The eyelash curler can snap against your eyelid (yanno, because you might press too damn hard since you are so nervous) and that could leave a big bruise right above your eye. AND also leave you half-blind for an hour. Seriously--don't curl your eyelashes!

<3
Mónica

57 comments:

  1. LOL super important!
    Thanks for sharing ;)

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  2. Good thing my agent didn't Skype. I'd have been way nervous and bruised both eyes with an eyelash curler. Ha!

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    1. Hahaha!! Yeah, I think I would've been less nervous with a phone call. :)

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  3. LOL!!!

    I mean, you poor thing. o.o

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  4. I honestly wouldn't have thought to curl my eyelashes just because I was skyping--but nose hair trimmers could be a disaster waiting to happen.

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    1. LOLOL!!! I can only imagine that. *grimaces*

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  5. You're hilarious! I've been curling my eyelashes since I was 14 so I can do it in my sleep by now...

    Hee hee hee. :)

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    1. I wish you'd been there to curl them for me! LOL

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  6. Why not use a phone instead of skype?

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    1. Good question! It's because I live in Chile and phone calls were expensive. Also it's always nice to get to know the person with the video cam, right? ;)

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  7. Hehehe. I don't curl my eyelashes, but that is funny.

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  8. Okay, must remember these things! Thank you :)

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  9. Hilarious! Did you point out the bruise or try really hard to pretend the eyelash curling fiasco didn't happen? ;)

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  10. Ummmmm.... *whispers* The second one. ;)

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  11. Oh, wow... I think I'll avoid the Skyping... I'm enough of a mess on a plain old telephone! :) Glad you survived!

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    1. Hahaha! Yeah, if I were you, I'd stick to the phone only, lol.

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  12. Those are awesome tips. Frankly, I think Skyping with an agent would make me incredibly nervous.

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  13. LOL. Have never curled my eye lashes so check:) Hubby got my a laptop for my bday in August so double check:):) ~Thanks for sharing!

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  14. Great tips! ;) I generally avoid eyelash curlers on principle.

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  15. HAHAHA! That's got to be the best THE CALL advice I've seen.

    :D

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  16. Two considerations TOTALLY not on my list. Thank goodness you sent up the flag. Probably good to check for that one hair on the chin that has suddenly become 4 inches long overnight as well.

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    1. Hahahaha!! Okay, do that before it's too late! :D

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  17. Yes. I will make sure I don't curl my eyelashes before a call! Lol.

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  18. Too funny... I could just imagine it.

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  19. You're hysterical :D

    I remember that was one nerve-wracking call, and I had no eyeball/bruising issues, lol

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    1. YAY! I'm glad you didn't bruise your eye on your call! Hehe

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  20. HA! I'll remember these two awesome pieces of advice:)

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  21. Ha ha! Too funny. Thanks for the advice!

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  22. oh, Monica! LOL! :D I'm so sorry that happened to you. My call was pretty nervous, too, but I had two folks I was trying to decide between. Ultimately I went with the one who most put me at ease. Maybe there's a lesson there~ :o) <3

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  23. Priceless brilliant tips. I will definitely file these away for future use.

    LOL...fun post.

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  24. OMG, I'm laughing out loud. Did that seriously happen?

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  25. LOL! Oh no! The eye curler thing, I've got to know like Julie, did it happen? I would totally do something like that.

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  26. Oh wow! That would really be awful...it's funny the things that happen when we're ALREADY nervous.

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  27. If and when this ever happens to me, I don't see the eyelash thing, but definitely something comparable! Awww! So glad the call had a happy ending!

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