Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Writerly Wednesday: The Writer's Life After Landing an Agent...

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.


  1. You mean if we get an agent it's not all smooth sailing? Dang it!

    Thanks for sharing your journey with us. I know you're going to sell that book!

    Have a fun girls weekend :)

  2. The only sure way to defeat is to give up. The only way to success is to persevere. I am so happy that you have an agent that won't let you give up. You are growing as a writer and as a person through all of this.

  3. Thanks for sharing this. Great post. :)

  4. Enjoy your trip! And good to know you have someone so supportive in your corner.

  5. I agree with every word here. You'll get that deal too, I'm sure of it.

  6. awesome to hear about what youve been up to!
    looking forward to hearing about your book deal soon! fingers crossed! 500th times a charm, right?!

  7. Glad you found yourself a good agent. Your day is coming. It is.

  8. Hi Candilynn, I like your blog and loved it on!

  9. Love this! Kathleen is SUCH an amazing agent...we're so lucky to have her fighting in our corner! Your book deal is coming...I can feel it! :) And thanks again for the shout out! You're pure awesomesauce, lady!

  10. I'm just so excited for you to have made this step. I'm sure that doesn't mean the waiting and hard work are over by a long shot. But what a giant leap in the right direction.

  11. So happy for you! Yes, it's more pressure and work, but worth it.

  12. Candilynn, I had a publisher make me rewrite a short story 18 times once, and that was only a short story, so I bet you've been working your butt of for this story! I'm so proud and happy for you about this. And, I know, people like to say "Must be so easy, now, dot dot dot," because they've never been there...but imo, the real work began 8 months ago!! Keep on truckin, girlie, you're on your way to that book deal!!

  13. That is so exciting that you have an agent. Sounds like she is an awesome agent to have. Good luck finding the publisher. :D