Thursday, June 2, 2011
What's on my mind today...
Meeting with a literary agent
Take time to consider why you want to work with a literary agent.
This is a new publishing age. It's no longer necessary for an author to develop the traditional relationships with a publisher or literary agent.
Why do I want to?
As I am new to the publishing industry, it would be nice to work with someone who knows their way around.
Once finished, I want to bring Turning (my WIP) to the largest audience possible.
How did I prepare for this meeting?
I asked more experienced authors for advise.
I used a search engine to research the literary agent.
I visited the Preditors and editors site. This site lists agents and gives information regarding their illegitimacy.
I worked on my presentation. This was the most daunting task. I wanted to fairly represent myself in terms of my past success, my current project and my future goals. I have to do all of this in fifteen minutes.
I presented my presentation to my writers' group. An hour later, they suggested I revise and use cue cards.
I revised. I'm proud to report my presentation is now seven minutes long.
I did additional research. Fearful that I'd forgotten something, I read writers' magazines.
I developed questions to ask the literary agent.
Are we a good fit?
I'll let you know what happens.
Next post: Please welcome author Maureen Betita
Saturday's post: Barbara Elsborg's new book