Friday, December 9, 2011

Let the Nerds Arise!

This should come as no surprise to anyone, but I am an incredible nerd about a lot of things.

I'm a music nerd. Specifically, I'm a jazz/classical music nerd. I can literally spend hours listening to and dissecting the mechanics of a Tchaikovsky piece, or the techniques of Herbie Hancock. See my post on the Tristan Chord for example.

I am also a history nerd. Specifically, I'm a 19th-20th century history nerd. (although I do enjoy a good yarn about Roman conquests, or Revolutionary War Era hunting techniques) I find the era familiar enough to keep me surprised when I find oddities and differences. And, yes, I love historical fiction, writing it and reading it.

I'm a comic book nerd. I can argue Superman vs Batman, or X-men vs Justice League with the best of them. There isn't a superhero movie I haven't seen. I also adore the Archie Comics. They were my first comics, and there's a special place in my heart for them. It's like your first kiss, it stays with you forever.

I'm an art nerd. Plop me in a good museum and you can go shopping all day, I'll be entertained for hours.

I'm (and I can't believe I'm admitting this) a Disney nerd. Truly, animation in general, but Walt Disney is my hero. I own every Disney animated movie that's been released, and I've watched every minute of special features on the DVDs. I may or may not know where all the hidden Mickeys are in Tomorrowland. I'm that guy.

I am a writing nerd, but I'm not (and here's the point of this whole blog post) a publishing nerd. I only peruse blogs about publishing, agents, querying, trends, etc to be informed of my professional obligations and expectations as a career author. But, trust me, I don't keep track of the who's who, what's selling for how much, who changed jobs, which bookstores are closing, or any of that rot. I did for a few months, and it just gave me an ulcer.

That's why I'm thankful for my agent.

Now, I'm not implying that Marietta IS a publishing nerd. But, she's a heck of a lot more integrated into the system than I am. She handles the nitty gritty business side of my writing so I can manage the other side. The creative side. The giddy nerd creating historical fiction about superheroes side.

And I know that there are a lot of voices decrying the agent system as an unnecessary, oft times degrading, part of the publishing system. And, sure, there are probably some crappy agents out there. But, thankfully, I don't have one of those. Instead, I have a smart, wise agent who leaves me to my creative practices, gives graceful comments and critiques, and wades through the publishing world so I don't have to.

Nerds helping nerds save the world through literature. Huzzah!

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