If you've been following my work, you may have seen posts with little excerpts or other tidbits from my works in progress. Here's the latest update on my novel.
NaNoWriMo and Beyond
Last year during National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), I completed the first draft of m paranormal suspense novel They All Died Smiling. I finally got it finished off ready enough to start sending around this fall. Finally!
I had an opportunity to pitch it to an agent at a writing conference in late November, and I jumped at this opportunity. I figured no matter whether she wanted to see the whole book or not after my quick meeting, having this experience is valuable for me. Whatever the outcome, I'm glad I did it.
A couple friends said I should have let some people read the final-final version first. Could I have sent the book to beta readers? Undoubtedly, but the timing turned out to be what it was, and I wasn't about to wait. If the agent says no way would she onsider taking me on as a client, then I'll happily get some betas.
One thing that happened while writing was that I had a chance to have high level authors critique some of the cenes. I gained valuable insights from veteran writers with multiple books to their credit. This was incredibly valuable to me.
Anticipation...It's making me wait
As of today, I've sent the manuscript and other requested materials off to the agent a month ago and am waiting for a response. I know not to bug her. Every so often, I send along something I know she will enjoy, and I'm continuing to nurture the human relationship.
Whatever else happens next, that is of paramount importance to me. We made a fantastic connection, and that won't change regardless of the outcome.
To Agent or Not to Agent?
Some folks have asked me why I'm considering an agent when it's so easy to self publish. So here's my answer.
Books don't magically fly off the virtual shelves no matter what publishing method you choose.
Yes, it's easy to self publish. I've done it.
Yes, there are thousands of small presses that could publish it. It's not hard for anyone to access these.
No, without an agent, it's not possible to crack the big guys. I've decided to give it a shot. Why not try for something beyond my reach? Agents are gatekeepers who bring their highest quality options to publishers.
Will I have an agent in the end? I have no idea. It has to be a relationship that "clicks." We both need to feel comfortable with each other.
So that's my update.
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