I got a nice treat after my final today. Agent Dan emailed around midnight his time (seriously, when does this man sleep?) to tell me that he was watching Glee and was reminded of Scout because Kurt, one of the Glee characters, was fighting with his dad on the show thus reminding him of Scout fighting with her dad all the time. So, he figured he’d email to say “hello.”
He admitted that this connection made little sense but I still liked it! Plus, he wanted to check to see how my revisions were going, to which I had to hang my head in shame.
Actually, it was a really nice chance to email him back and tell him what’s up. I got to tell him how law school tried to take me down this semester and that I really wanted to make sure I was putting the best product possible out there. I told him I was really loving the project and the characters and couldn’t wait to share the book with him again! He’s been really understanding about my schedule.
He was nice enough to write back another speedy response about how he wasn’t rushing and that he just wanted to say hi and tell me about the Glee thing.
This is yet another reminder of why I’m so thankful for my agent-author relationship. His continued, no-pressure support has been truly “just the ticket” for me. I was really motivated by his enthusiasm for my writing and for Scout’s story when I met him in New York this January. I know there are a lot of people that don’t get quite the right fit with their agents the first time around, so I feel extra lucky to have an agent that always responds within 24 hours despite the fact that I’m by no means a big name client. He’s professional and to the point, but also funny and personable.
Like I said, this is my first agent and there is absolutely no sure-fire way to tell how working with an agent will be until you actually work with that agent. But, I do attribute a good portion of my good luck to the fact that I really listened to the advice of those more experienced. I followed it to the letter. I treated it as a business decision. I got other people’s input and tried to erase any preconceived notions I may have had.
So obviously this post didn’t end up where I thought it was going, but my brain is a little fried from the 500+ hearsay hypotheticals I did pre-Evidence exam, so cut me some slack. I think we can all agree the clear take away from these ramblings is this: My agent is awesome. Glee is good. Apparently Scout could be in that show. The end.
Ok, so lately I’ve been feeling like if I were going to post, then I needed to do a big, long thoughtful post about life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness or something equally deserving. But yanno what? That’s just not how my life is working right now. I’m working full throttle on writing and full throttle on law school and now I can’t even remember why I’m not just posting about what I’m doing in my writing life RIGHT NOW. Because I’m happy to say–I’ve got a lot going on in that end.
So, starting now, I’m going to ditch the pretenses and just say that I’ll be posting *hopefully* daily about what it’s like getting a proposal ready and doing agent revisions as well as anything else I think of during this crazy journey through the submission process. Cool? Cool.
So, today I actually wanted to share one of my favorite things. (Rather than a few as the post is deceptively titled):
I feel like I’m a bit of anomoly because I usually write with the TV on. (Does anyone else do this?) I hear this is really bad. Mainly from Stephen King who said it was, well, really bad. But I do it anyway because I think it takes some of the pressure off. If I get stuck, then I’m not freaking out staring at a blinking cursor. I just watch TV for a second. It’s also not just me, myself, and I listening to crickets chirping in my inbox.
Anyway, one of my favorite moments is when I’m looking forward to a certain show coming up–usually Friends or That 70s Show–and I get so wrapped up in the scene I’m writing that I have to turn the volume all the way down even though I know that I’m going to miss the show I’ve been waiting for. That happened today and it’s been happening quite a bit on my WIP which I feel shows that my whole re-capturing the joy of writing kick is really working!
What do you love most when writing?
Status: Chelsea Lately. Devotion. Bed. Still have Con Law II to read in the morning. Heard from my agent today. Share more tomorrow. Added about 1,000 words to a chapter I thought was perfect.
It feels so good to see the words “Sent” flash across my screen. I just “sent” an email to my agent, Dan, with the revisions he asked for *yay!* AND and an additional three chapters that I’m really pleased with–at least until I’m not anymore. Post-completion glow possibly. It’s always nice to get something off your plate, to cross it off your list. Especially knowing you did your best. At this point it’s out of my hands. I’m sure it will be back in my hands when Dan has revision notes for the next three chapters. But! Focus on the positive: That’s the first 50 pages written, beta-ed, and edited.
We’re shooting for between 50 and 75 pages to send out as a proposal, so I’m getting there. 7,500 pages left to get to 75 pages. Not too bad at all.
And guess what else? I’m actually ahead on my law school work. *gasp* I know, right? Ok, fine. My contracts class was cancelled today so that helped, but still. I could have slacked off and I didn’t!
Status: Reading devotion. Going to bed.