Announcing the Winner of our Joke Contest

gold medalHere are a bunch of my favorite entries from my post on Friday.

How many agents does it take to screw in a light bulb?

From Sra:


From Nancy Kimball:

None. If the agent is having to change the lightbulbs, I need to be querying someone else.

From Julie Nilson:

The agent doesn’t *change* it. She gently suggests revisions to the light bulb.

From Kathryn Elliott:

Did you fire the interns?

From Marion:

None.The lightbulb got rejected.(At least it didn’t get screwed.)

From Michael Seese:

Only one. The problem is, the publisher asks her to change it again. And again. And again…

From Amanda Jeanette:

Just one.
But it can take her months with all the different lightbulbs people dump on her desk on a daily basis: the incandescents she likes but lack a crucial component, the fluorescents that are usually good but almost never the right fit, and the black lights she keeps asking people never to send her. Even when her office (and home… and lunch break…) is well lit already, with a perfect fit for every lamp, and she has some reliable manufacturers, they keep on coming and she keeps on digging through them. She’d love an excuse to buy a new lamp, she just needs to love a lightbulb first.

From T.W. Wombat:

None. Changes are an editor’s job.

From Sparkling:

1 assistant to check if it’s really out.
1 agent to to check again and confirm it’s out and then discuss with an editor that will agree that the said light bulb is out.
Said lightbulb is replaced in approximately 2 years time.

From Erastes:

Dear Ms In Darkness,

I am sorry that I have had to reject your request to screw in your lightbulb, and although I do not usually supply feedback, I felt in this case it was merited.

Firstly, you sent the wrong type of lightbulb for the socket–it was clearly stated on the submission instructions that the lightbulb needed was a screw in type, but you sent a bayonet.

Secondly, despite clear instructions that the power must be off for me to be able to screw in the bulb (had I been able to) you had left the power ON.

These problems, combined with a lack of footstool means that I am unable to accede to your request. I am sure there are agent out there who would be willing to do what you wish but I’m afraid that you and I would be a bad fit.

I am unable to return your bulb, as you have not provided a SSAE, and I wish you luck with your electrical problem in the future.

Yours sincerely,

A N Agent

From Madeline Mora-Summonte

It’s impossible to say. The whole industry is moving toward ebulbs now.

From Arthur Smith:

Three. One to research which changing method is trending now, one to prepare a proposal on why the light bulb needs to be changed, and one to tweet about it.

From agent Steve Laube:

Without a platform you can’t reach the lightbulb.

And the winner is:


(October 21, 2011 at 1:17 pm )

How many agents does it take to screw in a light bulb?
Agent? Who needs an agent? All you need is a little glass and some wires to do it yourself, right? How hard can it be?

Thanks to everyone for your great answers!

  1. These are amazing! I had a good laugh. We writers are a funny bunch. :)

  2. Some of those are pretty good. I think my favorite was Madeline Mora-Summonte’s.

  3. Some of those are pretty good. My favorite was Madeline Mora-Summonte’s.

  4. Madeline Mora-Summonte’s was hilarious! Good fun.

  5. Karen Lange says:

    Excellent, all of them!

  6. Carol Riggs says:

    Haha! Those are all great. Good job, people, and very clever! ;o)

  7. Sarah says:

    Excellent! Love it. :)

  8. These are all a hoot. I agree with Rachelle’s sense of humor, apparently, ’cause Sue’s is my favorite as well.

  9. Julie Nilson says:

    Ha! I love them all, but I can definitely see why you chose Sue’s. Excellent.

  10. Maureen says:

    Creativity, all the way. Great idea for your post and fun for your readers. A lighthearted relief. Thanks!

  11. otin says:

    This was fun!

  12. Reading this was the perfect way to end my Sunday…thank you and your creative readers!

  13. Loree Huebner says:

    Very funny!

  14. LupLun says:

    Nice to see you can take a joke. ^_^

    Shooting for the Moon

  15. I liked most of the favorites above, but I wasn’t a fan of the winner. It was kinda funny. My Favs were Steve & Moira’s. But, I’m just a lowly unpublished author, so what do I know? I would have said this:

    We regret to inform you that the agent is no longer accepting unsolicited light bulbs.

  16. Inge says:

    Amanda Jeanette’s answer is great, I saw a clear picture!

  17. John Waverly says:

    Laughter is a great way to start a Monday morning. Thanks.

  18. That was awesome! Thanks to John Waverly for linking this post up to his blog today. I would have totally missed it! =)

  19. Julie Wright says:

    hilarious! absolutely brilliant!

  20. Miriam Joy says:

    I saw this as a link on Nathan Bransford’s Blog. I couldn’t imagine how they’d be any good, but came over to have a look. Glad I did – these are hilarious!

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