As I get ready to slowly move our things into our new house, I’m reminded of the Hebrew saying that says, when you change your place, you change your luck. Maybe there’s a bit of auspiciousness in the air since we’ve signed the contract. Behind the daily grind of writing and building a platform, there have been some gratifying moments: an agent was intrigued with my story from my query, and asked for my proposal, and a beta reader who just finished reading my memoir said that Accidental Soldier is a winner and a compelling read! Those things totally make my day!
After reading what my colleague, Hope C Clark had to say in her infamous FundsforWriters.com newsletter (which you should totally sign up for, by the way) about the agent world and their benefits, I decided to give traditional publishing a try. After all, this is my first memoir, but not my first book. So I created a 150 page proposal that would showcase my platform. This took some weeks to create.
1. Not all agents are a perfect fit for your book. And that’s okay.
2. It pays to research agents, but don’t get too hung up with the research so you don’t submit.
3. Just because an agent has signed many authors of note, consider yourself also a successful author. Turn your doubts and fears into an affirmation.
4. Agents are busy people so don’t expect them to get back to you ASAP.
5. Always have plan B. Mine is to give the agents I’ve queried six months. If nothing pans out, I will NOT consider that a failure. I will go back to my original plan A which is to go the hybrid route. My memoir will get out there.
6. Give only your best work. Case in point: I could have proofread my proposal by myself, but I decided to invest in a proofreader to showcase my best self and work.
7. Agents are human beings. Many will respond with the negative form letter (I’ve already received my fair share, and that’s normal) but there are those that personalize their responses.
8. Agents want to see proof you can sell your book, but great writing is always king!
9. A rejection might be just a sign that you’re getting closer to an acceptance. Patience is key! (It’s hard I know. Detaching from outcomes is the way to go.)
10. If you decide to go the traditional route, invest in the 2015 Guide to Literary Agents by Chuck Sambuchino. It’s the best resource for writers I know.
You only have one shot to make a good impression. So you might as well give it your best.
Be brave. Write your stories.
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