There were points where I felt like researching the industry was a huge waste of time. I’m not gonna lie, I often used researching the industry as a means of procrastination. I mean, reading agent/editor blogs is fun, right?
But while it might have been a way to avoid doing real work, it wasn’t a waste of time.
I’m so thankful that I read up in advance because it all happened so fast. If I hadn’t spent the time reading up earlier and internalized the process, I’d have been a bumbling idiot when the time came to actually make decisions.
Do you accept an offer right away? Do you tell other agents? Are you allowed to ask questions? Or contact clients?
These things aren’t exactly intuitive. That’s why I can’t stress enough how important learning the industry is.
Luckily, the internet has made it easy for it and agents have been kind enough to make their blogs both informative AND amusing.
I could not have gotten to this point without the following resources:
Miss Snark -Thank dog for being whacked with the clue gun, kept from being a nitwit, and snapped at by Killer Yap. If you haven’t read this entire site, don’t continue reading, just click and go.
Pub Rants -So many things to learn from Agent Kristin Nelson. Like what the heck is a boiler plate? And what does an agent’s submission letter look like? She usually posts 5 days a week and I’ve never read a post that wasn’t worthwhile.
Nathan Bransford’s blog -I love his This Week In Publishing posts. I use them to keep me current as to what’s happening in the industry. But more than that, he’s just really funny and wants to help.
Lisa Shearin’s blog -This is the perfect place to go find out what happens after you get an agent and then what happens after you get a book deal. Check out her Things I Didn’t Know Before I Was Published series
Absolute Write Water Cooler and The Blueboards -Communities of supportive authors who love to see each other succeed. My favorite parts of these forums are the Good News forums because they show/ed me that writers really can be picked out of the slushpile Ask questions and make friends. And for those of us who have ants in our pants, you can check the response times for agents, publishers, and magazines.
I’m incredibly thankful for the people that take the time to teach us newbies about the industry. I’m pretty sure the real work is about to start now, but I can’t believe that I’m that much closer to my dream.
Yay for good times!!
Status: Still incredibly happy, but getting ready to buckle down and do some work that needs to get done. I have tons of work for law school and tons of writing work also. I contacted one of the agent’s clients and received a glowing report. That made me excited!
I’ve been notifying the other agents that had my work that I have received an offer and asking them if they would still like to consider my project. I told you I heard back from one yesterday. Then today I remembered a couple agents still had WEIRD TATTOOS! So, I emailed one agent who had been reading a partial of WEIRD TATTOOS. I told her the situation and she said that she had just finished reading the partial and wanted a full of WEIRD TATTOOS plus SCOUT. I’m thrilled with everything right now. I can’t believe how many fabulous agents are out there.