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Monday, September 23, 2013

Writing From "The Other Side"

It's been a little over a month since my writing world flipped a 180. I'm using words like "career" instead of "hobby." I'm introducing myself as an author, not just a programmer. I've pitched my book to chatty strangers who've asked me to write down my name and the title after I mention that I write. (Which makes me suddenly glad for all the hours I spent rewriting/memorizing my query letter ... and that I don't write erotica.)

It also made me realize the road map gets blurry after you sign with an agent. When it comes to researching query letters, agents, or how to get published, the Internet is a blizzard of information. You can find a hundred links on how to write a query letter. You can find examples of letters that worked. You can find agent interviews, online courses, forums to get your work critiqued, and writing contests that will put your work in front of agents. But as another recently-agented CP of mine and I were discussing, there's not much on what happens after.

So, as I start this (insanely exciting) next leg of my journey, I thought I might share with you some of my post-"Getting An Agent" experiences. Feel free to suggest a topic in the comments, else I'll be adding things as they come up, starting from the day I received my first phone call.

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  1. Yay! Look forward to reading these :)

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    1. Thanks for the idea! I might pull you in on a couple...

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  2. Thank you for doing this- in the hope that it is someday a reality for me too, I appreciate you offering guidance (something poetic along the lines of you extending your hand back to those behind you in line and ushering us forward.) So thank you! Looking forward to reading more and of course a BIG congratulations!

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    1. You're very welcome, and thanks for the congrats! I had a lot of help and support along the way, so I'm happy to return the favor. It's my favorite thing about the Twitter writing community :)

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  3. One thing I think is interesting about being on the "other side" of querying is that it feels...not that different. Those feelings of unworthiness persist. And even though I told myself before I got an agent that I'd be happy forever and ever if I got one, that happiness was brief. Now I want a book deal, and I tell myself I'll be happy forever and ever if that happens. (Yeah, right.)

    I guess I imagined that I'd feel like I "arrived" once I got an agent, yet I still feel like I'm on the periphery of the writing community. *sigh* Can I never be satisfied?

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    1. Doubt will always be there, I think, and a little bit of it is good - it drives you to do better. But let yourself be proud of where you are :) I know it gets harder as time passes, but you have an agent who believes you are certainly worthy, and I recall seeing a certain tweet about a CP who stayed up til the early early morning reading your work. So WE think you're doing great. Hang in there!

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  4. "...and that I don't write erotica." Oh my goodness, I just laughed SO hard. What a brilliant idea this is (and congrats!). I look forward to hearing about the rest of your journey!

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    1. Haha SERIOUSLY, I had a lady in a department store ask me what I was writing, then whisper "It's not one of those kinky sex books, is it?" I think my face was like --> O_O

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  5. Awesome. I can't wait to follow you on your journey!

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    1. Happy to have you! Thanks for reading along!

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