(Thanks to Megan Sutherland for inspiring this post)
Getting and having an agent is merely another challenge. It is, in and of itself, no guarantee of any success. It’s climbing another summit to see that there are endless summits to climb.
For me, it was luck, opportunity and an acquaintance.
When I harboured ambitions of writing comics, I posted a critique of a script on a forum. One of the contributors, Magnus provided cogent and useful feedback. We became friends on Facebook and would chat regularly.
At that time, I started developing The Love We Make. He recommended his agency SMART Talent and I sent a letter of enquiry, mentioned his name and a brief synopsis of the book. They came back and asked for what I had, which I sent to them.
I sent it in December and heard nothing until April. Poor timing on my part, but I kept busy by writing and the approach that if they said no, then the time spent writing wasn’t time wasted in the slightest.
They came back in April with notes, which I studiously read and applied. They were all golden, harsh in the best way for a writer, which is
‘It’s good but it can be better and here’s how’
I signed with them in the May of that year. I did another draft of the book based on the notes and then since then they have been looking for a home for it.
With no success as yet. That’s cool, in the meantime I have written two first drafts and nearly done a second. The rejections have been from major publishers, and one of them has asked a first look at anything else I produce because I have an engaging writing style,and right now, all I have to do is write. I’m not worrying about covers, or editors, or increasing my follower count across social media. My agency is supportive, professional and friendly. I don’t expect to hear from them needlessly nor do I bother them at every turn. What matters to them is the work, as it does to me. I’m not a major client with lots of opportunities, so I don’t need or expect my hand held yet.
I want to work with a publisher because I know that all I want to do at the moment is write and work with people who are professional and passionate in their respective fields.
I keep going, I know what I want and I know that worrying about it is pointless. I just keep going until either I win or I break. I don’t feel I want to break.