I have an exciting treat today, folks! Recently I thought to reach out to someone very special and see if she’d give me the privilege of interviewing her. With high hopes and fidgeting fingers, I awaited her response to my request. Turns out, she agreed! If you haven’t heard of Kristen Kieffer before (which I’m sure you have) then you’ll soon not stop hearing about her!
I remember growing up playing pretend. The swing-set was a castle or a pirate ship at times, and touching the ground meant perilous danger. Some days I was a princess desperate to be rescued, while other days I was traversing treacherous land to find a homestead among the great prairies of the West or an orphan seeking adventure among the wild. My dearest friends, whom I’d known since near-infancy, played along with me. Our days were full and our hearts merry. Imagination carried us to infinite worlds that we’d created to be almost real.
My last couple of posts have been about why I find it important to get an agent. While I am in the process of this step myself, you’ll learn more about what I learn and experience along the way. However, I wanted to talk about something very specific while we’re here.
Should you have accomplishments, as a writer, before querying?
Authors Note: Golden Pursuit is one of my recent stories I wrote in early 2016. While it’s a bit on the silly side, it still shows where I’ve advanced in my style, skill, and overall experience. Hope you enjoy!
In a hole beneath a knoll sat a red bearded leprechaun. Pinched between his short fingers was a smoking pipe as he leisurely awaited the cease of the trickling rainfall. His chestnut eyes scanned the green hills that masked the horizon, and his chest rose and fell with heavy sighs as a puff of smoke escaped his lips. He’d learned to be patient, eager as he was, in his waiting. If he could spot it first he knew the reward would be his. After all, he’d been in pursuit of his treasure for over a century.
Last post I talked about whether it’s important or not to secure an agent for your book before publishing. Having given you the things that convinced me, I’m going to move on from there because I think it’s reason enough to show it’s so worth it to have one! After you decide you want one, though, what comes next?
There are so many steps to this journey. writing, editing, revising, querying, editing and revising again, publishing, marketing, etc. Looking at it in this light, however, shows we (if you are looking for an agent) are closer to our dream than ever before! At this point, time is the main factor; time and how much you put into it. What now? What do you put into it, exactly?