The first hurdle along the journey to deliver my most prized creation d’art to the world is now behind me. Melissa Carrigee of the Loiacono Literary Agency has decided to take a chance on me and my work. This left me so gobsmacked, I held on the good news for a while. A part of me wanted to shout the news from the rooftops. Yet other parts, in equal measure, held me back.
The realistic part of me said that this is just the first step. I don’t yet have a publisher or an editor so announcing that I have an agent might be celebrating too soon. Having published before, I know the agony and time involved in endless revisions. So, to me, to announce an agent would be like announcing ‘mission accomplished’ when the work had only really just begun. Would my non-writer friends get that? Did I have the energy to explain why getting an agent is such a big deal–even though I don’t have a publisher yet?
So why is it so important to have an agent? Primarily, most publishers will not accept an unsolicited manuscript. They only work through agents. And, from what I have gathered, landing an agent is like wrangling a unicorn.
This brings me to another worry: Being excited and telling whomever would listen would be insensitive to the wonderful writers in my circles who are still struggling to find an agent. In retrospect, I feel silly harboring this particular misgiving. Once the cat was out of the bag, the warm support I received from my fellow Houston Writer’s Guilders was overwhelming. Where I had been retiring and even sheepish, my news was greeted with such enthusiasm that I realized that they were as excited as I was about this accomplishment.
Now, I have the task of building platforms. I am quite introverted and the thought of encouraging friends and acquaintances and strangers to follow me and stick with me until that glorious day arrives when The First Daughter is in print. So, for a few weeks now, my finger has been on the button to publicize my website and social media pages. Once it’s all out there, I am behooved to keep all platforms current and enticing so that as many people possible know about the intriguing and thrilling novel that will be available to them.
So, welcome to the first blog promoting The First Daughter, the first book in a series to come. And, let me tell you, this novel will take you on a great ride through space and time.