|TAKING AIM AT A BOOK DEAL|
No more queries for this couch potato! Well, the couch is actually a chair in the man cave, seemingly chained to a desk and computer.
|KATE FOLKERS, LITERARY AGENT|
Is it coincidence that a Field Of Dreams is on right now?
I realize this is just another phase of a continuing process, but it feels awfully damn good right now. Of course, for all the hard work leading up to this moment, there remains plenty to accomplish. Getting a book deal is no guarantee. Over the past few months, I felt I was close to securing representation and I have all the rejection letters to prove it. From the early stages of form written setbacks to letters of encouragement, some of which offered sound advice.
Thanks to a connection with author Sara Paretsky, agent Dominick Abel gave me a phone call during the early stages of my search. He offered sound criticism that I took to heart, leading me back to the dark, lonely days of rewrite, rewrite. I'd come up for air to try again, only to realize I wasn't there yet. The thought of giving up though, never crossed my mind.
Along the way I discovered the Guide To Literary Agents blog, a tremendous source of updated information. I also stumbled across Thrillerfest, which I attended for the first time in July. Talk about an invaluable learning experience! I've interviewed Presidents, A-List actors and world class athletes but nothing was as terrifying as having to prepare for a pitch session before some the industry's best and brightest. To help get me there, I owe a huge thanks to the kindness and advice of people like authors Shane Gericke and Lisa Gardner. They were warm and inviting during a reception the night before as were a number of other authors. JJ Cooper, my Down Under friend, thanks for the encouragement! If you write thrillers and haven't yet sampled Thrillerfest, you really must give it a try. Besides, it's in New York!
So why did Kate Folkers decide to offer me representation? Why did I decide to sign with her? From my end, it was a comfortable connection. She got what my book was about. She took the time to delve into it, offering both praise and criticism. She was honest and had a plan. I also was impressed with her multi-faceted background which I believe in the long run will pay off.
Since November 16, I've had plenty of time to come down from Mt. Small Achievement. There's hopefully a book deal out there and I've got plenty of polishing up to do. At least I'm not doing it alone anymore.