Is supercalifragilisticexpialidocious! A walk in the park. A dreamy day lounging on the beach. A quiet evening sipping hot tea. A relaxing and rejuvenating soak in the hot springs of New Mexico. A piece of mouthwatering chocolate cake.
Only one of those above is true. The first. I cannot begin to explain how super it is to have someone like Kathleen Rushall in my corner. Coaching me. Challenging me. Supporting me. Most importantly, she refuses to allow me to give up. In May, after my picture book had been passed over by a few publishing houses, I whined my story was dead, which is hilarious given my main character, whose identity is still a secret. But she called me on the phone and gave me a verbal shake of the shoulders. We're not giving up yet. Let's brainstorm...
A good agent will coach, challenge, and support.
A Super Agent will pick you up off the floor, encourage you to dust off, instruct you to bandage your scraped knees, and assist you with taking the baby steps in walking the long road to publishing.
Since Kathleen and I formed our client / agent relationship, I've had many comments such as, "Well, now since you have an agent, life is smooth sailing." and "At least you're a huge step above the rest of us." Yes, it's a gigantic relief to have an agent, but life isn't smooth sailing, folks.
I've worked harder in the past eight months, than I ever have on one project. I've rewritten my picture book more times than I can count. A 500-word document can be rewritten 500 times. At least. I've bitten my nails to nubs, pulled out hair, drooled on the keyboard from delirium, read my ms to the birds outside so many times, even they can recite it by heart, and I've eaten way too many Skittles.
I got word yesterday one of my Kat-Club sister clients sold her book to Disney-Hyperion. Marci and I are Twitter buddies, but we're more than that. We've recently exchanged phone numbers and emails. I'm beginning to feel a real sister-writerly bond with her. Where some people would be envious, I'm grinning ear to ear. Congrats to Marci & Super Agent Kathleen xoxo!!!
Do I want a book deal, too? You're darn-tootin' I do. Although a deal isn't going to land in my lap. I have to do the work. I'm in the trenches, like the rest of you.
Is the writerly life easier because I have an agent? No. I still sweat, as does my agent. We still cry. Fret. Wish. Hope. I still have to bang away at the keyboard. Edit. Rewrite. Delete. Add. Revise. Only to repeat.
Is the writerly life sweeter because I have an agent? Yes. Having an agent is like excited birds chirping in the trees above my head. The energizing rush of the waves on the ocean. Hot tea soothing my rejected heart. The rejuvenating mineral springs refreshing my writerly soul. The fluffy, sweet icing on a slice of chocolate cake.
I've been debating this post for months now, but after Marci's news, I grew eager to share my thoughts with y'all. This writerly life with an agent is serious stuff, people. I treasure each and every moment, good and bad. It's tough, but in the end, it'll be well worth the wait, and the work.
Forgive me for the lengthy post, I had a lot on my mind. Thanks for listening. :-) I'm flying to New Mexico tomorrow for an extended girl's weekend with my sister-in laws, and one of my daughters. My blog visiting and commenting may not be until early next week. ~Have a writerly weekend, y'all.