Sometimes being a writer can feel like being a designer at a fashion show. (Well, that is what I imagine, I’ve never been a designer. Some would laugh at that idea. I’m slightly colorblind which wouldn’t help, that is for certain.)
You spend so much time preparing your “look” and then suddenly the model needs to take the walk in front of the crowds. And you wait, terrified, seeing what reactions you get. Are there gasps or moans? It’s all stressful, with highs and lows, but we all have to do it. It’s part of the gig.
In the next few months I’m going to start to query different literary agencies about my new novel Permanent Spring Showers. Yup, I’m pushing my new book onto the catwalk and I will stand backstage with my fingers crossed not daring to look.
Preparing my query letter, synopsis and excerpt has gotten me thinking of my experiences and also some of my writing posts about literary agencies. Below, after the jump, are links to some of those posts as well as new helpful insights on them. Some of these writing articles are the most popular things I have ever done on this site.
I’ve had the pleasure of working with literary agencies on other books and I hope that Permanent Spring Showers gets the same chance. I’m really proud of it. Permanent Spring Showers revolves around an artist named Vince who is about to create some of the most important and groundbreaking contemporary art. Inspired by an affair, his creations will affect all around him in this multi-cast tale about relationships, academics, art, authors, and lies. You can learn more about the book on this page and read the first chapter exclusively here.
Now about those agency articles…
What I Learned From Having a Literary Agent- When I say popular writing articles on this site, they don’t get bigger than this one for me. Every time I share this article it gets a reaction. Basically, I made a mistake the last time I had an agent by not helping to push my career. I disappeared into my writing. The fact is a writer needs to do what he/she can to help build the argument for their possible success. It’s why I have this blog (with over 920 subscribers), a presence on Twitter (now with over 28,000 followers!), a Facebook page (350 followers), and a Good Reads account (with almost 3000 friends). Those are all possible readers of my book; in the least, people who know my name and have read something on my site (like this post!). I’m not going to be starting from square one and an agent and publisher will be grateful. Learn from my mistakes!
Finding That Right Literary Agent: Five Things to Consider- A literary agency is a business. And like any businesses there are good choices and bad choices out there. Over my time as a writer and editor, I’ve read a lot on agencies and these are five things that I recommend an author consider before deciding to query or sign with any agency.
Tackling The Problem of the Agent Query Letter- It’s all about drawing the eyes to the letter and keeping them there. It’s a trick. When I was studying at the University of Southern California (I ended up getting my master’s in writing there), we had classes on pitching a story and query letters came up. These are some of the things I like to consider when creating a letter.
The Importance of Delusions: The Four That All Writers Need- This isn’t specifically about agents, but I think this message is important to writers, especially when they are putting themselves out there. You need to believe your book is important! You need to have confidence in your work and your ability.
I hope these posts help you with your own books.
For me, I wait backstage, adding a few touches to my creation. I’m a little nervous, but very hopeful. I am proud of the book and it has some really fun twists in it (like I said, you can learn about this new book with the links above as well as read that first chapter. If an agent wishes to contact me to read more, they can do so via this e-mail address: AJAD.Southard@gmail.com.)
Thanks for reading and good luck!
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