Wednesday, February 29, 2012

I'm On A Mission

Dear Fox in Socks Readers,

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)


Joanna Dover said...

I'll look forward to following your progress :)

the dogs' mother said...

Good luck! Got a good chuckle out of the egg.

theartofpuro said...

Good luck!I totally understand your problems and I think you are right looking for someone that understand you in every way:)

AtelierBrigitte said...

Good luck with your mission.
I love the quote - I guess it is really true.

OnlyYouCanTell said...

You are several steps ahead of me in this journey so I look forward to following your progress. Thank you for being willing to share and best of luck!

Shirley said...

Wishing you ALL THE BEST in your search for the agent-partner you WILL find, Paige..I know it's just around the corner!

lil kim said...

Hang in there Paige! I'm sure you'll find the one who 'gets you' eventually. It is a hard road but I'm sure it will be worth it once you get there!!

best of luck xx

Paige Keiser said...

Thanks Joanna! Lol glad you did Froggy :)

Hopefully there's someone out there Monica (haha sounds like I'm talking about a boyfriend or something..which would be nice too lol)

It definitely is Ateller, no matter how painful those NO's sometimes are.

My pleasure, Irina, and thank you!

Thanks Shirley!

Thanks Kim! :0)