There are not enough words invented for me to express all the ways Dawn Frederick, my amazing agent, kills it.
Today, though, I want to share just one: her (my!) agency, Red Sofa Literary, has been publishing a series of advice and inspiration posts for folks participating in NaNoWriMo this year. Every day, one of Red Sofa's writers shares his or her thoughts on an important skill, or point in the process, that every writer needs/reaches.
Today was my chance to chime in. Dawn knows that my path to publication was long and sometimes bumpy, which is why she asked me to write on the topic of perseverance.
Hope you enjoy my thoughts:
I started writing in earnest during my senior year in college.
I’d take my Moleskine to the coffee shop on free afternoons, buy a black coffee, and scribble for an hour, maybe two, at my first book.
I worked all that summer at home, and kept working when I moved back to Boston in the fall, writing in a corner of the coffee shop where my boyfriend worked while he closed up at night.
Finally it was ready. I’d polished it, asked my mentor for suggestions, polished again, really worked it into tip-top shape.
I started sending it to agents.
“This shows a lot of talent, but unfortunately I don’t think I could sell this book.”
“Your writing shows great promise, but the plot meanders, enough that it distracts from the themes you’re trying to express. Consider restructuring and I’d be happy to see it again.”
Or, of course, the more standard response:
“Thank you for thinking of me for your manuscript. Unfortunately, I’m not the right agent to blah blah blah more form letter stuff.”