Friday, December 9, 2016

BIG NEWS: I Have a Literary Agent! Signed w/ The @KnightAgency by @KarynGerrard #Milestone

I will admit, there were a couple of times in 2016 I nearly quit this whole writing/pub biz. I had myself convinced I would just write once in a while, revise reverted stories and release them whenever under my own KG Publishing. No muss, no fuss.

Then I found myself standing at a crossroad. An opportunity arose and I had to make a choice, After nearly six years of being a published author, what did I really want? Would I slip back into hobby mode (which I must also admit, is what I thought of my writing for the first few years) and self-pub exclusively, or will I finally admit to myself I have come a long way, improved as a writer and bigger publishers were interested in my stories?

The time had come for me to have a little confidence in my talent and pursue this career. Yes, I can finally say it is a career. It took me quite a while to get there.

Sometimes I felt like George McFly in the Back to the Future movie:

Marty: What are you writing?
George: Uh, stories. Science fiction stories about visitors coming down to Earth from other planets.
Marty: Get out of town, I didn't know you did anything creative. Well, here let me read some -
George: Oh, no, no, no. I never, I never let anybody read my stories.
Marty: Why not?
George: Well, what if the didn't like them? What if they told me I was no good? I guess that might be hard for somebody to understand.

 Yes, every now and then, I suffered from "George McFly Syndrome." Authors are a nervous, sensitive lot (for the most part) And at times, I was no different. I didn't suffer from this 24/7, but it would pop up at the most inopportune moments.

I was determined not to have it affect me here. With a determined wind at my back, I did research on a number of agents who handle romance, read all the blog posts on how to craft a query, made a short list, and with a trembling finger, hit send.

OMG, I received a few responses! That alone shocked the hell out of me.

They asked for a full! The nerves were kicking in, checking my email constantly.

Two agents wanted to talk to me. On the phone. *passes out*

They were interviewing me as much as I was interviewing them. Both were well-informed and pleasant. It helped to calm my nerves, though there were a few moments when I experienced a brain freeze.

Now came the difficult thing. Make a choice. Yikes. I signed with Elaine Spencer of The Knight Agency. 

I am aware this is a big milestone in an author's career. Considering some agents receive hundreds of queries every month, I am humbled. I'm aware that this doesn't mean instant success, but it does open up avenues of opportunity and a chance to polish and deepen my writing.

2016 was not such a great year on many levels (a lot of people feel the same) So having this happen before Christmas made up for a lot of disappointments.


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