Working On: undisclosed project (ooooh)
When I saw this topic I had a “reaction” sort of like a “rash.” Thus I am a day late, so whoever is the 18th, just bump me when you’re ready. ;-)
Agents- As Charles Dickens wrote:
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. “ I wonder if he was referring to his agent. :-0
This is my new philosophy about agents. Sometimes, it’s not you. Sometimes it’s them. Move, stretch, grow, find a kindred spirit who shares your vision. They’ll share that for about five minutes while they sell your project, so catch the wave. They only want you to do one thing. Produce a sellable product. They don’t want to be your best friend, or even talk that much. They don’t REALLY want to hear about your writing angst. Just show them the juice and they’ll make a smoothie out of it.
That said, finding and living with your chosen agent is the closest thing I’ve ever seen to an arranged marriage. Remember, you are going to be dealing with them FOREVER. Really. Your little books are your children, and you have joint custody.
Don’t assume a lot here- I had a terrific agent for my first seven books and we get along great, even post breakup. We still celebrate our successes.
Sometimes I can’t believe the process we use to find agents. It’s like bad internet dating. I‘ve found myself Googling pictures of the person to see if I like the way they hold themselves and if they seem kind. There are plenty of sources to do your homework about your prospective “BRIDE” or “GROOM” so like—do it! Talk to their EX’s as well as their current mates. This is what has worked the best for me. Meet them, talk with them (it is possible, you just have to stalk them a bit- check their conference schedules and sign up for an appointment.) Watch how they interact with others. Ask your editor if you have one, who their favorites are.
Make a list like you would when you’re mate shopping. A) must like dogs B) loves my humor C) emails faster than lightening D) well respected by editors. E) Patient. D) Killer deal cutter. E) Personal Life under control. LOL
Whatever you value in an agent/mate/friend.
Whoa it really is speed dating isn’t it?