January 23, 2015 by Laird
Marly Rusoff’s name pinged my radar today. It made me realize I owe her a public thank you.
Many years ago before I’d ever sold anything, I did some transcription work for a non-fiction writer. His agent was Marly Rusoff. She ultimately got him signed to a major book deal. At the time I was working on an epic fantasy novel, something Ms. Rusoff didn’t represent. Nonetheless, one thing led to another and she red-lined the first five pages of that novel. Her advice clicked and I experienced a painful moment of crystal clear enlightenment regarding my flaws as a stylist. Sort of an intellectual rebirth, except I didn’t require a doctor to slap me on the ass to start crying.
These days she heads her own agency and I have no doubt her clients are in excellent hands. Thank you for taking the time to help a new writer out, Ms. Rusoff. It was a small thing, those five pages of red slashes and scribbled notes you performed as a courtesy, but it turned out to be much bigger for me.