So a weird thing happened.
I was sitting here, working on the novel (you know, that thing I NEVER talk about), and it struck me. I’ve enjoyed the work over the last few days. Really enjoyed it. Story’s pretty good. Like the dialogue. Love the plot. It’s starting to feel pretty close to finished.
So on a lark (literally, I mounted a lark) I googled literary agents in Atlanta.
I’ve done this once before, years ago when I wrote a play that I thought was good. It filled me with faceless dread and mindless terror then, because I knew (or maybe only feared, it was impossible to tell) that the work was … I won’t say bad, but it certainly wasn’t everything it could be. I googled and then I cowered in fear and self-doubt, and I never submitted anything.
But now, I’ve put in the time. I’ve slaved over this book. It feels ready. So I googled for agents, and it didn’t fill me with terror.
It filled me with purpose.
I think the book is ready. I think I’m ready.
Well, almost ready. Another ninety pages to edit.
But then I’m ready.
So … uh … how the balls do I find a good agent?