My agent sent me an email Monday. And I have to say, this probably was the most satisfying email I’ve gotten in my fiction-writing pursuits.
In his email, Jeff outlines and explains his strategy for pitching my novel to editors. After working with Jeff on the editorial aspects of the book, I now got to see the other side of his literary-agent skills — architecting the submission process and discussing the sensibilities and buying habits of various editors.
Not only was I impressed with Jeff’s deep knowledge of the publishing community, but I was simply thrilled to see the names of editors with whom he wants to share my novel. They’re editors who’ve put out some truly great crime novels, and seeing their names and respective publishing-house imprints in Jeff’s email added a new layer of tangible authenticity to my adventure. It was as if he had “popped the front hood” of the publishing-world’s TransAm and let me have a nice long look at its engine — it’s fascinating, cherried-out, all-chrome machinery.
September 13, 2007 at 2:11 pm
thanks for stopping by ‘matters’, greg
and good luck with the publishing industry — i’m sending you a case of warming k-y!
not that i know about that sort of thing or anything…
publishing, that is.
September 17, 2007 at 6:54 pm
Have you checked out Barbara Demarco’s ‘Writers on Writing’ podcast? Its pretty cool.
It’s based out of UC Irvine and every week she has authors, literary agents, editors, on discussing the art and business of writing. Very interesting to see how these people (especially the lit. agents) think and work.
If you have an agent…you are highly regarded my friend!