I am afraid. Actually I am hopeful that I will have to eat my words. The best way to do that might be after making crow soup, if I just knew how. To make crow soup that is. Not eat my words.
Pinning a Tweet to See Who Agrees
About 6 weeks ago I wrote a post (Thanks, Mia for letting me guest here) – Why I Think Chasing a Literary Agent is a Waste of Time.
I pinned the post at Mia’s Twitter account – TooInWon.
So far, 99 people agree, 60 so much so that they retweeted the post and 8 replied.
Last week a writer friend, Fan Wu, of FanWuWrites, invited me to attend a publishing conference for women. I am not a woman. I know that. Yeesh! But one of these days Mia will be. The more I learn now, the more I can teach her about her future, write? er, right?
Meeting Literary Agent Face to Face Makes a Difference
We met a partner of a local (to the Bay Area of Yes-I-Know-the-Way San Jose) literary agency. There were not a lot of writers present, nor were there a lot of agents. Getting an audience was easy. I just walked up and started talking. And, not paying $15 or $50 for a 5-minute pitch among 50 other soon-to-be-forgotten pitches.
Email Exchange with Literary Agent
Partner said, “Here’s my card. Email me and I will introduce you to the agent on our team that I think will be the best fit.”
“Um, okay. Been there, done that. But why not,” I thought.
I went home. Emailed her. Got a reply within minutes. Within a minute?
Email this person.
Emailed her. Laid down to take a nap, er, to read and think.
When I woke up, a reply was waiting. Within minutes. Within a minute?
“This is right up my alley, Bill. Give me a couple of weeks to catch up and I’ll get back to you. How many Twitter followers do you have again?”
Finding Dory, Um, Encouragement with a Literary Agent
I am encouraged.
Nothing is nothing until it is something. But I am encouraged. And looking for a recipe for crow soup. And hoping I will have to eat it, too.