B says: Ha! Not as amazing as you! How did you go about querying your agent? Did she request a full or a partial? Give us the deets leading up “The Call”.
Well, we set up a time to talk over the phone. I was an absolute mess, all nerves and stuttering over the fact that I’d forgotten how to speak English, but she was so nice and patient with me. Her enthusiasm for my work made me giddy, she went on about how she loved COVETED, how she had notes she wanted to go over with me, how she was eager to start putting together a pitch for submission. She even told me she’d gone to my website and saw the other stuff I was working on, and was looking forward to bouncing ideas around for future projects. Her excitement fed my excitement, and it was hard not to scream and run around in circles. I waited until after I got off the phone for that.
A contest is the entire reason I have my agent. I’ve been entering contests for a long time: pitch contests, first page contests, query letter contests, all the contest! I think I may be addicted to them. I usually got some good feedback, and took what I believed strengthened my writing and applied it. Anywho, you know the story, but I’ll tell it anyway. ^_~ I entered The Writers Voice back in May, and was fortunate enough to be chosen by the best coach ever–Go Team Brenda! After the contest was over, Brenda here asked how querying was going, and if I had generated any interest. I told her I’d had a few nibbles here and there, and she offered to pass my query and MS along to her agent. She even went so far as to submit COVETED to her publisher directly. I told this part earlier, how my MS landed on Brittany’s desk, and she fell in love.
I want to take a moment to thank you, Brenda. You really went to bat for me, completely blew me away with your support and determination for a project that wasn’t even yours. You believed in my work, that means more to me than I have words to express. You are an amazing person, and such a tremendous asset to this community. Again, thank you.
B says: I shivered at that answer. I have no idea if they make pumpkin cookies. If you don’t know, how can it possibly be your favorite – LOL. Mine is Oatmeal and Raisin, in case you were wondering. Anywho, which vacation would you prefer: camping out in the wilderness or shopping in a quaint town?
B says: I love these writers who can write anywhere. I mostly have to be at my desk or at a coffee house table. And the big question, are you an outline or panster type?
I’m a happy middle. I always start a project outright, no planning or anything, and just let it flow for a few chapters. Then I’ll outline the next five chapters, and write until I catch up. Rinse and repeat. I don’t like the idea of locking myself into something so far out that, if I change one thing, it’ll have a ripple effect I’ll have to keep track of during the rest of the manuscript. By outlining only a handful of chapters at one, I leave the story flexible and able to turn on a dime if necessary, without the consequences being too grave.
B says: I’m a skeletal plotter and then I run with it. Before I untie you from the chair, do you have any advice for those seeking representation? Anything you wished you’d done differently?