I got a huge reminder of how small the writing world is today, and I figured I’d share it considering how many of my friends are aspiring authors (or at the very least writing dabblers). There’s a site every potential author will use at some point in their journey called Query Tracker. QT is one of the best databases out there for finding a literary agent. You can look up by agency, by agent name, or by genre. Considering Publisher’s Marketplace is 20 bucks a month for a subscription fee and this thing is free? Yeah, it’s a wonderful tool. If you’re writing a book or planning on writing a book, I’d suggest you get chummy with QT real quick.
Anyway, on QT there’s a comments field for people to exchange important information about the lit agencies they’ve talked to. Some comments are favorable, some are not, but everything is very above the boards and respectful. After I signed with Miriam, I hopped back over there to see what folks had to say about her. A lot of people were stating they’d queried her and were closing out after a month of no response. I chimed in to say Lauren and I had a very odd road to representation in that we were bounced from Miriam to Barbara Poelle and back to Miriam again, but that a month is nowhere near enough time to say that it’s a definitive “no”.
My comment was met with a response from another new client of Miriam’s who’d signed with her this summer. She agreed with me on the wait time, offered a congrats, and we parted ways.
Now, some months back, Lauren had a SQUEE AGENT post up at her site. A woman we didn’t know chimed in named Sarah Bromley just saying congrats and that she’d recently signed with Miriam, too – like a month and a half before we did. I sort of put one and one together and figured out that the person who responded to my comment on QT was also the woman who answered Lauren, and I was pretty sure she didn’t necessarily know Lauren was my writing partner on Nin. So last night I sucked it up and emailed her and flat out asked “Was that you”. Come to find out, yes it was, and we’ve emailed a few times this morning. Miriam doesn’t take a lot of new clients, apparently, and the thing that really sticks out with Sarah and us is that we were slush pile finds. Kinda cool, huh?
It’s great to hear how things are going for Sarah. She’s slightly ahead of our curve – that month and a half, two month padding means we’re exactly where she was a little while ago. She had some really supportive things to say, most of it the expected “your hair will fall out but stick with it” stuff, but it’s still awesome to talk to someone who experienced it first hand just a few weeks back. From what I can tell her own book is progressing nicely so far, and I wish her nothing but the best with it. I hope to hear OMG YIPPEE screams from her neck of the woods soon.
So, keep in mind if you venture into publishing, it is a very, very small community and names are bound to pop up multiple times in multiple places. The person you briefly encounter on QT one day might end up randomly popping up on another blog another day. Also, if you get the chance go check Sarah’s site out, do it. She’s got some great blog posts over there with lots of information. She’s part of a blog chain that’s pretty impressive, too. I bet you could spend a day just clicking links and reading.
As I will be Turkifying tomorrow, there likely won’t be a blog post, so please make sure you have a wonderful Gobbler day, everyone! Happy, happy!