I am on a mission! My dream is find a literary agent that 'gets me'. Someone I click with who shares my passion for picture book making. I want to be more open about my journey on this blog. Perhaps it will give other yet-to-be-discovered authors encouragement, that it is possible to finally get your work published and in the hands of someone who loves and understands it. The only thing I will be leaving out of my posts and reports are agency names and of course, agent names--purely out of respect for them and the work they do.
I have recently faced my first agent rejection over a book that my heart is set on. She did like a lot of things about it, but her reason for rejecting it was one I did not agree with. I am always open to criticisms and I have changed quite a bit of dummy book texts following suggestions from people in the industry. But this book....I know there is something special about it and I aim to continue submitting it.
In my search for an agent, I do a LOT of research. For right now I'm sending out one submission at a time--this may change, but I don't just want to get my book published. I want to find an agent who will be a partner for years to come.
I'll keep posting my ups and downs here. It's been a tough day because I thought for sure this agent would like the book I submitted. I'll sign off with a favorite quote:
“Every no gets you closer to yes.” ~ best selling author, Joe Girard
I'd like to add, rejection will always be part of the game. No matter who you are, and how many published books down the line. Hopefully I'll start building a tougher skin and not be hit so hard when they do arrive. For right now it kind of stinks. :0)