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Why are airline computer reservation systems so slow?

The computer reservation system that airline personnel at airports use to rebook flights for customers, change seats, and so on seem markedly slower than when the customer uses the internet to pick a seat, or book or change a flight. Why is that? [more inside]
posted by lassie on Feb 19, 2014 - 24 answers

 

Several Part Question about My Trip to Costa Rica

1. My partner and I are planning an 8-day/7-night trip to Costa Rica to celebrate our 10th anniversary. Our plan is volcano + rain forest + beach. Any suggestions on specific places and must sees or must dos? 2. Any recommendations on the best travel agencies to work with to arrange the Costa Rica portions of our trip? 3. I've already heard from 4 companies and they've responded with essentially the same package - 3 nights at Arenal, 3 nights at Manuel Antonio, 1 extra night in either of those places or in San Jose. The prices are in the $3800-$4000 range except for one company which comes in way below the others at $2715 - am I potentially getting scammed if I go with this company?
posted by tmharris65 on Feb 17, 2014 - 9 answers

A stand against estate agents?

UK Estate Agents - worth taking a stand? [more inside]
posted by Marzipan on Nov 15, 2012 - 9 answers

Nitpicky persnickication...

I just finished writing my first children's book. Hooray! Now I have fingernail biting anxiety regarding the agent querying process. Please help. [more inside]
posted by melangell on May 4, 2012 - 6 answers

Insurance agent, take my money, please!

Why do insurance companies (non-medical) make it so rough to switch agents? [more inside]
posted by zombieApoc on Apr 16, 2012 - 6 answers

How tpo locatea singer's representative or agent

I am trying to help a good cause that books talent once a year for a fund raiser. They would like to try book John Mayer, the singer, if possible, but need an agent to get in touch with; how do I find the person or agency represent this performer?
posted by Postroad on Mar 26, 2012 - 7 answers

Opportunities for Writers

How likely is it that writer A contacts an agent with a writing idea, which the agent rejects from writer A but then encourages writer B, who agent knows, to write it? [more inside]
posted by CollectiveMind on Nov 6, 2011 - 12 answers

selling a dot com

I own a very valuable domain name -- it has been appraised at $100k-$150k and I believe it. However, I have no clue where to find a competent premium domain broker to sell it for me. Google just turns up auction sites. Any recommendations, referrals, suggestions? [more inside]
posted by dacoit on Jul 6, 2011 - 8 answers

Desire to Become a Travel Agent

I'm interested in becoming a travel agent. How do I become one and find a job? [more inside]
posted by VC Drake on Oct 1, 2009 - 2 answers

F*%$ing agent

ChicagoApartmentFilter: What leasing agent/company/broker/other should we use for finding an apartment in Chicago? Any other tips or tricks we should be aware of? What we're looking for below the jump. [more inside]
posted by ohio on Jun 18, 2009 - 15 answers

Alien vs Hunter gets made but my friend's script doesn't?

Help me understand the writing industry, specifically as it relates to Hollywood, etc. [more inside]
posted by arniec on Jun 5, 2009 - 19 answers

Commission for an ad agent?

What commission should I charge for an agent that's finding me advertising gigs? [more inside]
posted by Idiot Mittens on Mar 4, 2009 - 3 answers

How to safely get an endorsement?

OK, I've posted on this subject before. Each time, I'm a little further along. Here is where I am right now. I've been working on a book since March. The idea upon which the book is based has been getting a lot of attention recently and has consistently been in the news for about four years. [more inside]
posted by CollectiveMind on Dec 8, 2008 - 5 answers

Help with Pitching a Book.

Something I've been involved in for several years has been getting a lot of publicity lately. And I've just been told that it is about to get some national publicity within the week. [more inside]
posted by CollectiveMind on Nov 16, 2008 - 8 answers

Best book publication methods?

I have a web site. I want to write a book based on the topic. I have publishers/agents asking to talk to me, but I don't know if I'm ready. For one thing, I'm not convinced traditional publication is best — I'm intrigued by self-publishing and e-books. I'm looking for general advice: What are the pros and cons of each method? It seems that unless I'm lucky, traditional publishing offers the lowest dollar return. But are there other, intangible benefits I'm missing? Exposure? Having somebody who knows what they're doing guide me along? And how do I approach a discussion with agents/publishers so as to get the best deal? [more inside]
posted by jdroth on Jan 7, 2008 - 13 answers

Literary Agents For Dummies

Can anyone direct me to a literary agent with connections at Wiley Publishing for consideration of a "...For Dummies" book idea? [more inside]
posted by partner on Oct 31, 2007 - 1 answer

Meeting LA casting directors?

I'm contemplating a move from NYC to LA for acting and wanted to know if there were places like Actors Connection and One on One in LA to meet casting directors and agents.
posted by chris24 on Aug 28, 2007 - 1 answer

Broker/agent recommendations for Jersey City rentals, please!

Looking for some specifics and some general advice: broker/realtor/agency recommendations for finding a rental in Jersey City, and/or links to general resources for someone new to real estate/apartment hunting. [more inside]
posted by cyrusdogstar on Nov 28, 2006 - 2 answers

Real estate agent fees?

We've been talking to a generally nice/enthusiastic real estate agent for the purposes of selling our home. She's quoted us that approximately 9-10% of the listing price will go to cover her commission, the other agent's commission, and the various closing costs in between. This strikes us as rather high - we were thinking 5-6%. What's the breakdown and truth here?
posted by xmutex on Oct 14, 2006 - 14 answers

Should I sign on with this literary agent?

Should I send my book proposal manuscript to a literary agent who is advertising for submissions on Craigslist? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 27, 2005 - 7 answers

How to get rid of calcium build up.

How would you go about cleaning calcium build up off a metal bucket? [more inside]
posted by nickerbocker on Oct 27, 2005 - 10 answers

Bait for a bookworm

So I've been approached to write a book... [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 20, 2005 - 8 answers

How can I get paid as a nonprofit writer or editor? Do I need an agent?

I'm a writer, in addition to being a librarian. I'd like to do more writing and get paid more for it than I have been getting paid, perhaps work on larger projects. Do I need an agent? Could I benefit from an agent? [+] [more inside]
posted by jessamyn on Jan 11, 2005 - 5 answers

Tips for a first writer's conference?

I'm going to my first writer's conference tomorrow! Does anyone have any tips on what I should do, particularly in tke Ask-A-Pro part, where I get 5 minutes one-on-one with an agent or publisher? [more inside]
posted by badstone on Aug 27, 2004 - 9 answers

Getting Published

I have some questions about getting a non-fiction book published. [more inside] [more inside]
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken on Jan 27, 2004 - 8 answers

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