Mark was friendly and so very helpful. I loved talking face to face with the web cam. It makes the conversation much more personal. We talked about query letters, email addresses (no firstname.lastname@example.org or crazy email addresses; be professional), Blondie, and more!
2. Do you think magazine contributions are important when looking at a potential client?
3. How important is web presence of a potential client to you?
4. What is the most interesting or unexpected thing you have noticed during a Skype session?
MM: Probably the session in which my cat Ellen felt she needed to be a part of the call and kept walking in front of the screen, or even worse, turning to face me, tail held high, with you know what pointed directly at the webcam. Her editorial taste is impeccable, but she loses points when it comes to author care.
Here's Ellen's good side:
5. What is the last concert you went to and your favorite kind of music?
Very cool, indeed!
Sharon Mayhew posted a very thorough account of her converation with Mark in two parts: here and here! Mark will be holding another contest in April for more chances to speak with him. I highly recommend following his blog! More information about The McVeigh Agency can be found on their website.
Thanks again to Mark for sharing his time and expertise and for introducing me to Skype!
Also a thank you to Jonathon Arnston . I won a contest on his blog, and he made me this amazing cover of my latest manuscript! Pretty flippin' cool, huh?!