|Take note: the best clients are those who serve food and drink|
Now, reader be warned, the rest of what you are about to read is pure speculation. I do not currently have an agent (if you know of one who'd like to represent an awesome, brilliant, creative, hilarious, insightful, industrious, beautiful, and humble aspiring novel writer, please send them my way....). I'm just imaging what I'd like my working relationship with an agent to be like, and this vision is probably WAY off because, for starters, it's based on what I've seen on TV.
Basically, I'd like an agent-writer relationship similar to the one in Showtime's Californication: Hank Moody (writer) and Charlie Runkle (agent). Both characters of course have faults, actually numerous nasty faults, but their relationship is fun and self-deprecating. They are best friends and through the trials and tribulations of everything that is the show, they work together.
|Yup, just me and my agent, BFFs|
So....ok. When I get one of my various writing projects to a point where I'm ready for representation I'll try to keep the VCPR in mind. I won't expect anything above what I would normally provide in a VCPR. But I will say this: there are clients out there who will tell you you have manure on your face and there are clients who won't. I'm friends with most of the clients who tell me like it is and won't let me drive off their farm with a brown splat of who-knows-what (ok, we usually know what it is in my line of work) on my cheek or in my hair. Some even help get it off. I guess that's what I'd really like in a writer-literary agent relationship too. Someone to call you on your shit and help you with it. Is that too much to ask?