I recently shared with one of my
authors that agenting is a lot like being the matchmaker in Fiddler
on the Roof. Our job is to find a suitable match between you
the author and the right publishing house for your writing. Sometimes
authors ask us to send their proposal here or there, not understanding
that because we have their best interests at heart, we look for a match
that will provide a long-standing relationship in which the author can
flourish and mature.
Off with Their Head (Hopping)!
I can’t start my column as I usually do. “Headhopping, head-hopping,
head hopping” isn’t in the dictionary, so no formal definition. I’ll
just give ya mine.
annoying, aggravating, exasperating, drive-me-up-the-wall (wonder who
thought of that phrase) way to present characters’ points of view.
Changing the point of view of the characters mid-chapter, mid-scene,
mid-paragraph, or mid-sentence without warning.
Okay, so “mid-sentence” is
pushin’ it, but I can’t help it. Every time I haveta read a manuscript
with heinous head-hopping, I need to hop for my Xanax or my head...