Weekend Plans? Getting a Literary Agent
We’ve had rain all week long, literally. After a dry and record-setting hot summer the rain has been a welcome relief-tedious, but necessary. I’m working in a friend’s retail shop this week. It’s fun and a diversion from the solitary computer work, but this week I really needed to be at home, in silence with my thinking cap on!
Next Friday and Saturday I’m attending my first writer’s conference. And, I have my first ever meeting with a literary agent, Katherine Sands. A five minute meeting which seems like nothing, but feels like an eternity. I’ve got five minutes to captivate, entice and intrigue this woman with my half-written memoir! I’ve done much reading on how to pitch and what I need to bring to the table. Tomorrow I’ll be researching other books of a similar nature and judging what mine would look like in comparison. I think it will necessitate a trip to the bookstore and a little self-control.
I also have to write a bio, one of my least favorite chores. She’ll want to see sample chapters, which means more editing. I will pull together a list of chapter titles, a synopsis of my story and a compelling pitch about how I can sell my own book.
I never realized I’d be required to promote and sell myself in such fashion. In reading about one’s platform, I felt that surge of inadequacy. The article suggested you let your prospective agent know if you’ve written for the New York Times and how many articles have been published or any television appearances. Nope, nope, and nope. I will have to confess to being a raw beginner. Not much to my name and not a very large platform. My story will have to be enough to stand on it’s own. My biggest draw will be sex and baby boomer sex at that. I know that sex certainly draws a lot of attention in search engines, but will it translate to getting my story taken by an agent?
I’m being realistic. A friend asked what I’d do if the agent wanted to represent me. Well, of course I’d say yes. But I had to explain to her just how competitive this market really is and how completely unrealistic it would be of me to think I had a significant chance of this happening with my first foray. Of course if I don’t try I won’t know… right?
The weekend will be sunny and pleasant, but I’ll be inside, head down, working on my self-promotion, my dream. My motto for the moment- Nothing ventured, nothing gained.