Musings of a Dinosaur

A Family Doctor in solo private practice; I may be going the way of the dinosaur, but I'm not dead yet.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Note to Self

When your agent calls you at work during the day, it's because she has something important to tell you. (Definition of "important": something your agent feels warrants more than an email.)

After she has told you what she needs to tell you and you respond appropriately, STFU already! She does not need to hear about the next four books rolling around in your head and your grandiose daydreams about what blockbuster hits they're going to be. She is presently focused on your current book, as she (and you!) should be. She will listen to you and even laugh at your jokes, mainly because she hasn't heard them before. They're funny, but only the first time, so don't go repeating them three times in the same conversation. Yes, you're totally floored by the fact that she likes you (given that your feelings for her are somewhere between awe and adoration) but she really does have other important things to do. In general, she will be too polite to cut you off (though don't push it; I wouldn't put it past her!) but quit blathering on about stuff she does not need to know yet. Write the f-ing books before you start regaling her with them!

Note to others: This is probably good advice in general.


At Tue Mar 31, 11:41:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope your book is better than your blog.

At Wed Apr 01, 10:41:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness, I hope you're just as brave with that mouth in person as you are hiding behind anonymity.

Dino, as for your agent, you have one of the best. She's a darlin', and I adore working with her.

At Wed Apr 01, 01:41:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dino, I don't know your agent but she sounds like a real keeper.

Don't feed the troll--it got horribly lost with terms like "grandiose" and "blathering".

Pattie, RN

At Thu Apr 02, 01:37:00 PM, Blogger Ambulance Driver said...

First bashing my book, now yours.

I'd say it was my Mom commenting from beyond the grave again, but she doesn't even know you.

Besides, she had the guts to sign her name to anything nasty.

At Sat Apr 04, 03:10:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

anon 11:41 here:
It was a simple observation.
I have been following dino's blog very intermittently for awhile. The fact is (though to his credit he has done less of it recently) dino has the nasty tendancy to bash everyone in a given area of medicine for the activities of one individual. This includes, pharmacists, ER docs, hospitalists, radiologists, medical subspecialists, surgeons, nurses, labs, etc. I suggest you read his archives. It his is blog, his right. However, I find it a rather passive-aggressive and frankly worthless way of trying to address a situation with one individual or issue. Ive had issues with individual FP's in the past and addressed it with them directly. I probably lost some business I suspect. Whining on a blog is rather like going home from a bad day at work and kicking the dog. My observation stands.

At Sun Apr 05, 08:59:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon, here's a news flash; it's Dino's blog. If you don't like what Dino says, you can always change the channel, yanno? Just sayin'...

At Mon Apr 06, 10:45:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't you have to go reiki hug someone?

At Tue Apr 07, 10:37:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't you have to go reiki hug someone?
Hey, now that's intelligent. How 'bout I start with you?

At Wed Apr 08, 01:09:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

No Lynn intelligent is realizing that "we in medicine" for the most part work together for the patient. Yes mistakes/errors/screwups occur, however the answer does not lie in bitter little rants against everyone in a given field based on the activities of one person. Rather addressing it with that person. Trust me, a couple hours with Dino's charts and I can make him sound like as much of a moron as he makes others appear (and probably visa-versa). The fact is the lay public (by that I mean you) reads blogs such as dino's and forms general opinions that are not even remotely true. Dino makes comments about hospital medicine that make it obvious that it has been years if not decades since he has actively managed inpatients. I don't expect you to get it. You have never been in the field. You are a little more than a medical blog groupie.

At Wed Apr 08, 10:47:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ah, because I'm not an M.D., I am not allowed an opinion. Got it. Guess we have little to discuss. I feel comforted that someone as enlightened as you is here to save the day. Whew.


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