But it does give you an idea of where my head is at right now. Part of me thinks that if I’m going to take myself seriously then I should have an agent and another part thinks well how serious a writer are you really? I’m not going to quit my day job because I’m a realist. I have to be a realist; I have a family that depends on me. I have been responsible for the feeding and care of AT LEAST one other human being for the last twenty years.
Sure I would love to have my cell phone ring during my morning commute tomorrow and have someone say “Becky Flade? We love your books. We’re sending you a big fat check. You’re the next Nora Roberts – Stephen King – John Grisham.” But come on, that’s one in a million. I’ve got a better chance at being hit by a Septa bus. Tomorrow. Today even.
Back in the day you couldn’t get published without a literary agent protecting your interests, making calls, doing the circuit on your behalf. I’ve read articles recently that suggest that digital publishing and self-publishing has made it less necessary for struggling writers to seek representation. In fact I read a blog post not long ago by a horror fiction publisher stating outright that authors who have their agent contact him first have less of a chance of being printed by his press. My novella and my book were both published without the aid of an agent. But then both went digitally. Even in this day and age the big NY houses don’t accept unsolicited manuscripts. If you want a contract with one of the big boys you need an agent.
Do I want a contract with one of the big boys? Well duh. But am I good enough? Does it even need to be that deep a question? Just the other day I received an email from a publisher I’ve never heard of telling me that after following me on social media, checking out my blog and my books, etcet., they’re very interested in having me submit my next manuscript with them. If I had an agent this is the kind of inquiry I’d punt to her/him. I know nothing about this house; their practices; their reputation; I don’t know if this is a step forward or a step back. And even when considering the contracts I’ve already signed, I based my decisions on common sense and the knowledge I’ve accumulated on my nine-to-five. But honestly how do I know I’ve made good decisions?
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