On Friday at 5pm I received the “call” from Literary Agent and President of Serendipity Literary Agency in New York. I must say after we got the initial introductions I was beyond nervous. I pitched my novel. She listened and pointed out a problem in the first sentence. Yikes! But the good news is that I don’t have to send in a query letter. Since I was a finalist in the contest, I can send in my full manuscript to Ms. Brooks herself, thereby bypassing all the red type. This is such a great opportunity.
So again I was floored by this opportunity. I am super excited. But then reality hits me and I realize that I have a ton of work to do this week. Like homework and then re-editing my novel. Which for some reason this week I decided to remove the first 8 chapters of the story. I figured I could re-enter the cut chapters as flashbacks.
Back to the interview, so if you didn’t know let me be the first to tell you that she is very polite and kind. Honestly she reminded me of a roommate I had in college. So it was easy to talk to her, and staying true to myself I rambled. Which was something that I had sworn not to do. But it led into the discussion as to how an Aerospace Engineer ended up owning her own agency. Well she told me that she worked in publishing writing Engineering books (I couldn’t even imagine doing something like that, it sounds painful) and then decided to do something different. So she took a chance and opened her own agency.
This was very inspiring to me. We also chatted about growing up in a visually impaired household and attending a bling school. Also about my college days and current situation. It was quite normal. She asked me to quote my experience with the Young Adult Contest. So here it is.
“This contest gave me, an unpublished author, and the opportunity to show the literary world my talent as a writer.”
Now what do you guys think? Too cheesy or not enough?
All in all I feel the conversation went well. Yes, I was nervous and overly appreciative, but hey that’s me in person. I wish I had been calmer, but what’s done is done. There’s only moving forward. So wish me luck, I’m going to need it.