Inspired by Firsts…
So, last week I screwed up and didn’t do my “Firsts” post. What can I say? I was a virgin when it came to co-hostessing an online writing contest. All inept and blush-y.
Which makes now the perfect time to publicly acknowledge Kristina Perez as
The Goddess of Coding, Subdomains and a Whole Bunch of Other Techy Stuff.
She was extraordinarily patient too, because I’m sure, especially after I tried to be helpful and ended up bollixing up a page, she was feeling like this…
She emailed to say she wanted to talk. I narrowly avoided cardiac arrest.
It went well. She said, and I quote, “This book is going to huge, but…” Yes, there’s always a “but”. Apparently because I was new to writing, there were things that needed fixing before she offered representation. She suggested a freelance editor. The agent said if I implemented even half of what the editor advised, the ms would be “there”. I did them all. The agent felt it still needed tweaking. Her assistant got involved. More changes. Still not quite right. Still no contract. The possible sub date kept moving into the future. A mysterious third person appeared on cc’d emails. The agent stopped returning my calls.
You can see where this is going, can’t you? You’re cringing, I know. Eventually, in response to my frantic emails, she emailed me. “I’m sorry, but I think your time would best be spent finding another agent.” Ouch.
I felt super SUPER crappy for quite a long time. If I hadn’t been taking a writing course at the time I probably would have quit writing altogether, but I had assignments due. And ultimately, I have a fairly wide stubborn streak.
Every so often I checked the agent’s website. You know what? She got out of the business shortly after jilting me. She’s doing marketing for non-profits now. That made me feel better, like maybe it wasn’t just my failure to fix the ms.
So, if you’re waiting for a first call with an agent this isn’t meant to discourage you, just a reminder that sometimes things don’t go the way you want or expect them to. But don’t let that be a reason to give up, getting a call is still a HUGE validation that you’re doing something right.
Here are the Codes for this week. I hope some of our Like A Virgin people will join us!
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LOVE THIS!!! Great post, Rhiann:)
Thank you my lovely one. Back atcha for dealing with my neuroses. I would only turn you into a llama because they’re so fluffy and I like to pet them. That’s not strange at all, right?!
Ha! You two… I love it!
Umm, no…not at all. But last night you told me I was a unicorn.
Because you are. All mine.
Alright. *swishes tail, tosses mane, whinnies softly*
Now you’re just teasing me.
I adored all of your .gifs, and was right there with you with each emotion. Day-um, that stinks, ma’am. But I can’t help saying that what started this ball rolling was the certain talent she saw shining through your work. You have style and a great voice and the pub market is more challenging than ever these days.
Thanks for the share! I’mma looking forward to the day you post about your first published-book birthday. 😀
That makes two of us. At least. And I’m looking forward to that very same day for you. Hopefully you won’t have the Eeyore interlude.
Oops! I never did a firsts post either. Somehow I missed that memo :p
And, dude, what a story! You were rightfully crabby! So glad you didn’t crawl into a hole and not come out (a fate that might have befallen me)…
I’m not always good at following directions, obviously! And I’m glad too, I’d never have met so many wonderful people 😀
Oh my gosh! That’s horrid, you had to jump through so many hoops… but, as you said, no doubt for the best. She left the biz and you’re still powering through 🙂
Yes, “powering through”, or something like that 😉
Wow. What a story (I’m sorry you had to go through it). I’m sure “super crappy” for quite a long time is about what would’ve happened to me, too. I’m querying right now, and I just had a *much* more minor experience that was upsetting enough to me, and since then I’ve really tried to be more distant from the process. Your story helps drive that home even more. Now I’m just continuing to query and moving onto new projects. Thank you for sharing your cautionary tale!
Good for you! What doesn’t kill us makes us stronger, right? Right???? Best of luck to you 😀
We were supposed to do a first posts… oops
I still don’t know if I’m coming or going.
But one of those amazing reliable bits is participating in this blog, thank you, Rhiann!
Well, who could blame you – lots going on for you. I’m amazed, but happy, you’re still participating.
Thanks for encouraging us by sharing your horror story!
Haha, I do love me some “horror”…
Wow. That sucked. Obviously her eventual brush-off was more to do with her than your book. Good for you for not quitting.
Yes, it sucked indeed!
That is quite a story Rhiann – glad you hung in there. Many people would have said to hell with it.
Well, I did say “to hell with it”, but then I changed my mind. Writer’s prerogative 😀