|Oh, what do you see in the sea my friend?|
Still Fishing for an Agent?
Kitty Griffin & Natalie Lakosil
When I write to her I call her, Dear Agent, and really there is something nice about having someone on your side.
Writing is a solitary, sometimes lonely ab-session (I say ab-session, not obsession because for me, and for many of my writer friends, stories are something that need to be drained out of us. We become infected with characters and their predicaments and what can a writer do but write, or drain out the story?)
I really wasn't looking for an agent when I found Natalie. I'd successfully negotiated a deal for a book and felt fairly comfortable with life.
But a friend and I decided to go to the New Jersey SCBWI HUGE BIG GIANT conference in Princeton and
What a conference!
Seriously, there were dozens and dozens of agents and editors
we were all trapped in a hotel together! They couldn't run from us.
But I'd submitted a story that drained serious blood from me. A project years in the making and I knew (I know) it's dark, it's odd, but I submitted my pages and was paired up with this lovely young woman.
And she really liked my writing.
She wasn't just patting me on the head and saying, "There, there, crazy writer." No. We talked. We clicked.
I gave her a copy of my latest book. I followed up with a thank you card.
And when she made an offer to represent---
I took it (although, being the very cautious person I've become, I had Attorney Mary Flower look things over. If you ever need someone who knows kids books and contracts, she's very good and she's in NYC)
So we signed. And now that it's summer and Route 19 writers are off and about the world, one to Ireland, one to Italy...Natalie agreed to do a post about getting an agent.
(See, isn't she lovely?)
ON FINDING AN AGENT