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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

My Agent Appointment at the NEC conference


Yesterday I blogged about the highs and lows of the NEC conference on Friday night. Today I’m going to discuss the good, bad and ugly aka, my agent appointment.
I was super excited about the appointment because the agent received the query and first 10 pages prior to the meeting. This way she had time to decide if she wanted more. The appointments last 8 minutes, after the brief introductions here’s how mine went:
Good:
I love your writing
Your dialogue zips along nicely
The flow from one pov to the next is fantastic
I LOVE your heroine’s unique name.
Bad:
BUT, the concept of a woman vigilante has been done before and I don’t feel I can sell this.
What else do you have?
I explained another book that is complete, but needs revision.
Her interest piques.
I’m thinking score one for me.
I say, “Maybe I could send you a partial?”
“Sure, you can go through the normal submission process online,” she says.
Ugly:
“Do you have any questions for me?”
I hate this question because I’ve read a lot about what not to ask. I bumbled through some question and realized the more we talked we weren’t a match. She was super professional and nice, but of course as a writer I want someone who is passionate about my work like me.
She asked if I had any more questions and I said no. I stood, thanked her for her time and left.
Time spent with agent? 4 mins.
As a first timer, it was an awesome experience and I learned a lot about what to do and not do. I’m thinking of self-publishing these contemporaries anyway, but it’s always nice to see what an agent thinks. Overall I had a lot of positives coming out of the meeting. She only made 3 minor comments on my 10 pages, so I was happy.
Tomorrow I’ll talk about the guest speakers and give away a book over on my blog. :o)

5 comments:

  1. I think you should try again right away and keep looking for someone who's in key with you.
    XXOO Kat

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  2. Awesome blog, Katalina. Thank you for sharing. Don't give up. Be positive, believe in yourself and your work. If you decide to publish on Amazon, you could already be making money, but it's not for everyone. It's not an easy road. I think it's something every author/writer has to weigh carefully before deciding if it's for them. Either way, good luck.

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  3. I agree with Kat, Amber. Keep looking for that agent who appreciates your talent and is excited to work with you!

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  4. I will Kat, when I have some spare time. Right now I'm focused on our series and another story for LI.
    I'll editing, editing and editing a few contemporaries to get out on Amazon. I love self-publishing Taylor. I have 5 out there now and more to come. :)

    I will Tessie. Thanks for the support.

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