I’m sure most literary agencies know this guy. At the agency I work for, we recently became privy to this infamous stalker who’s name is Oscar Lee Whitfield. He put up his own wikipedia page for himself – a link I will not post on this blog. This man does not understand that the more rejections he receives, the less likely he is to be picked up by an agency. He is relentless; every day, our inbox reads, “Query #” (we are up to 140) from a different email address but we know its him. His email is deleted. The query is always the same and he never rewords the synopsis for his novel. Once his identity was tweeted a few days ago, he’s become infamous – which only hurts him. Literary agencies don’t take him seriously and I don’t understand why he doesn’t understand. If he was rejected by twenty agencies, then, yeah, he should keep going. But being rejected 6,000 times? Really? Still not getting it? Unsettling.
I will have tenacity once I receive my rejections because let’s face it – as writers, we will be receiving rejections from magazines, schools, agencies, publishing houses – it makes us stronger. But this is just plain stubborness. I wonder if anyone has sat down with him, looked at his query, maybe even read his novel and have suggested changes in his novel and letter. I don’t feel pity for him because he seriously thinks that spamming and emailing queries to every agency daily will change something. Not likely.
If you are reading this, Oscar, good luck to you. Maybe you should sit back and rethink your strategy, have someone that doesn’t know you look at your query and novel, and provide constructive feedback. But I’m only one person.
To everyone else, ya’ll know better.
*Update (8/6/2010): He know has a website. Does he think that will make him more marketable?