Tuesday, March 1, 2011
Signing With an Agent--Is it the Magic Key?
I went armed with my One Sheets, my Themes, my Elevator Pitches, my YA Summary and my professional business cards. I was surprised at myself for not feeling nervous. I suppose I felt relaxed and "prepared."
That one pointed question gave me a rush of oxygen so I can now breathe as I finish the first draft.
I know agents are supposed to represent me and my mss to all those big, scary editors out there. And agents protect writers by going over contracts and asking the right questions of publishers. Some agents go beyond that and edit my mss to make them shine.
But I think the best agents see things I can't see in my mss and in myself. The best agents probe until they hit pay-dirt in my imagination. The best agents push me to make me shine as an author. The best agents add quality to my work by drawing quality stuff out of that writing well within me.
Maybe I'm right. Maybe I'm wrong. After all, I am infinitely close to having zero experience with agents.
However, I think that's the kind of agent I want to find. A partner. A co-imaginer. A lift under my wings, or a shove out onto the stage.
So, I'm watching and waiting for God to push me through that one right agent's door and whisper, "Here she is! Here he is! Now, go get him."