My Agent Soulmate by Julie Mayerson Brown
Julie Mayerson Brown, author of The Long Dance Home, on her pursuit of happily ever after, landing a literary agent.
I’m in the process of querying literary agents. It’s hard work, painstaking actually. To do it right, authors spend countless hours researching, investigating, and tracking. Landing an agent can take months. Or years . . .
Sure, we’ve all heard about the author who, by twist of fate, luck, and timing, stumbles into the open arms of her agent soulmate. It’s love at first read, and a deal is made that leads to speedy publication, sends her book to the land of bestsellers, and author and agent live happily ever after. I know it happens once in a while, but if I were holding my breath for such a scenario, I’d have passed out long ago.
This is why I’m channeling my inner tortoise and committing myself to the process. I am in it for the long haul. Here’s how I do it:
Step 1: Find agent to query
Step 2: Look up her literary agency
Step 3: Study her website
Step 4: Read her blog posts
Step 5: Search her manuscript wish lists (#MSWL)
Step 6: Stalk her on twitter (creepy, I know, but hey, she’s tweeting for a reason)
Repeat! How many times? Not sure. As many as it takes.
Lately, I’m attracted to one particular agent who very well could be my agent soulmate. First, she appears to be a nice person. Second, we have certain things in common. Third, and most importantly, I saw on twitter she is interested in book club fiction. I’m pretty sure we’re perfect for each other. But I haven’t contacted her yet. I will, just not yet.
It’s sort of like I’m back in junior high, avoiding the cute boy I have a crush on. If I never talk to him, he can’t reject me. And the chance that he might like me still exists. Likewise, no query equals no rejection. Of course that mindset won’t get me anywhere. Here’s the reality – even if I do everything right and send the best query possible, I still might get a rejection. But my skin is thick and getting thicker all the time, and one day my query letter will fall into the right agent’s hands at exactly the right time.
In the meantime, I work hard. I don’t give up. I do my homework.
Writers can write fairytales – we just can’t live in them.
We’re so happy to share an extra special holiday message from Julie:
In the spirit of giving during the holiday season, 100 percent of the my royalties from The Long Dance Home will be donated to The Mar Vista Gardens STEPPERS, a non-profit dance program located in a public housing development in Los Angeles. In addition to dance instruction, STEPPERS provides at risk children and teens with the inspiration, mentoring, and support they need to help break the family cycle of poverty. The Boys and Girls Clubs of Santa Monica run the program and will be responsible for receiving the funds.
Every royalty penny I earn during December goes to this wonderful program. For more information please view my website: juliemayersonbrown.com, and be sure to follow me on twitter – @JMBrown2012.
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