Sunday, October 24, 2010

Agent Update

It was one of those gem-encrusted fall mornings in Colorado. The trees were red and orange and yellow and gorgeous. The mountains were a darker blue than the sky and topped with some fresh snow that the sun lit on fire. If nothing else, the day was already perfect because of my drive to the mini-conference sponsored by Heart of Denver Romance Writers, a chapter of RWA.

Not very many years ago I regularly spoke to strangers. To large groups. To people up and down the social ladder. All with confidence and fully-formed thoughts. I've noticed lately that often I'm at a loss to communicate verbally in any meaningful way. Could be I spend more time than I should inside my isolated little writing bubble.

My time to pitch the agent attending the mini-conference was moved from before lunch to immediately after. Which of course is when I wanted to take a nap. I don't know why I got so nerved up, but I did. We finally settled on calling my manuscript a thriller because it isn't a mystery and doesn't have much romance. Fine. Call it whatever you want. She said my 80,000 word count was perfect. I handed her the written pitch because for the life of me I couldn't string three words together, let alone a cleverly crafted sentence or two. Then, because I was a little presumptuous and just wanted to show her that although I couldn't speak, I was prepared, I handed her the query letter.

She asked for a synopsis and a full. Which is nice, but I imagine she asked everyone for a synopsis and a full.

Just sayin'.

CR: The Burning Wire by Jeffery Deaver

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  1. And I'll imagine she didn't. Congratulations! That's a real achievement. And good luck.

  2. You have a nice imagination.

    Thanks for your good thoughts.

    I love this community of writers we have. We are always looking for the good parts—the uplifting, positive things—to push/pull each other up.

    As a breed, we are pretty amazing.

  3. I'd be shocked if she asked everyone, but in any event this is a chance to have your whole ms read by a professional! Congrats! Please let us know what she says!

    Incidentally--agents care how you string written words together--I'm sure more than one emerging writer has babbled in their direction...

  4. Peg, I'd be surprised if she asked everyone for a full. I suspect she asked most for a synopsis and a partial. But either way, it's a wonderful opportunity, beacuse now the work has a chance to speak for itself. Go, you!

  5. She asked for a full. That's huge. One more step up the ladder. You go girl!

  6. Well, she has my full. Without a title page. Aargh. And my awful synopsis. I think I can safely say I'd rather write a query letter than a synopsis.

    Thanks for your encouragement.

  7. That's great! You should be thrilled. I don't think they ask everyone for a full--three chapters at the most. Maybe she was so grateful not to hear another pitch, she was able to read your query and really consider it. I hope she loves it. I'll keep my fingers crossed for you.

  8. Don't worry about what she asked others for. She asked you for a full!! Celebrate!!