If they'd just give me a shot!
If one--ONE--would just read this!
If THEY'D QUIT RUINING MY DREAMS!
I remember what an editor said at a conference I once went to. She said, "We're not your enemies. We want your book to be good. We want to love it. You just have to give us something we can love." That completely changed the way I viewed myself in relation to agents. It wasn't a matter of somehow tricking them into representing you. It was a matter of finding that person, the right person, who loves what you write.
Writing is lonely. It's frustrating, and disappointing, and rejection combined with waiting (and waiting and waiting and waiting and then STARTING COMPLETELY OVER TO WAIT AGAIN) wears you down to the point that you begin to question why you write in the first place and whether or not there is anything redeeming in your writing.
I will tell you this right now: Even if you never get an agent or book deal, your writing is worthwhile. Always. Never doubt that.
But I digress. Because this isn't about you. Or me. This is about my agent, Michelle Wolfson.
Michelle, who plucked my query from her slush and wanted to read more.
Michelle, who about gave me a heart attack when she called me to rave about my book.
Michelle, who put together a thoughtful and smart sub list for Flash.
Michelle, who stuck it out with me when Flash didn't sell.
Michelle, who was just as excited about Paranormalcy as she'd ever been about Flash even though I worried after not selling once.
Michelle, who nailed the submission and absolutely and completely rocked my book deal.
Michelle, who has remained actively involved in everything, and who, I have no doubt, will continue to be my partner in every aspect of this journey.
Michelle, who is more than I ever hoped I'd find in a literary agent.
Michelle, who, to put it simply, is freaking amazing.
She made my dreams (that for a long time felt like they'd never be anything but) come true. I very literally couldn't have done this without her.
Agents are a writer's best friend. I hope you find yours someday soon, too.