What a day...

I had a surreal sort of out-of-body experience tonight. Okay, so let me regress a little in my story....

I'd had one of those day. You know the kind where you are sure that you are leaving work with a lot fewer strands of hair then when you went in? Granted, I asked for this job... I really did, but because I care so much about the people that work for me I sometimes have a hard time separating it when they have problems. And... I work with teenagers alot... does that explain the hair falling out? Anyway, I came through the door to find that my much awaited ARCs for Obsidian had arrived. Finally, my name on an actually book. It was my justification for all those years spent plugging away at the computer. Finally, I could say at the holiday dinners, "Yes, I've actually been doing something all these years." The covers are wonderful. The books are wonderful. I read through some of the pages and it was as if I was looking at someone elses book and I ACTUALLY LIKED IT. At the bottom of the box was a note from the wonderful lady at the publishing company explaining that they had sent out copies for review.

And then I started to wonder... am I already out there?

I googled myself... same old website address. Lovely reference from my friend, Susan. Listing that I belong to KOD... Aack! I'm on EBay!

Now, don't get me wrong. For awhile there I was the EBay Queen. I sold an entire set of Pfaltzgraff dishes (except a few strangling pieces... anyone need any with the folk Art pattern). I sold dolls and pictures and what not... but me?! That was a bit too much to comprehend. So, after looking at it and then emailing the sender (who has it double listed since they posted it wrong in one spot) I decided that I wouldn't be able to leave myself at a measly little bid for .99 cents. Why not $2.00 at most. I could afford it and if I got it I would add it to my
ARCs. So, I bid.

I lost. I was outbid.

I bid again. I lost. I was outbid.

Finally, when it got to $5.00 dollars my nerve ran out. I mean, am I really willing to spend $5.00 and another $5.00 on shipping for ME? I don't know about that...

I'll keep you updated... and if anyone is looking for a copy of Obsidian early... well, you may have someone bidding against you.

BookEnds, LLC — A Literary Agency

BookEnds, LLC — A Literary Agency

I just came back from the NJRWA conference. Yup, I drove my big ole' Dodge Durango (which by the way is a lovely shade of Patriot Blue Pearl) all the way to Iselin, New Jersey and back. We left at the ungodly hour of 5 in the morning. Yes, there is a 5 in the morning. And we arrived around 1pm after the fifteen bathroom stops required of four women in one vehicle with a lot of liquid.

Anyway, I had a lovely appointment while I was there with an agent. Now, this is only the second agent appointment that I've ever had and I was scared to death.

For those of you who don't know what an agent appointment is... you sign up to get 10 or so minutes with the agent of your choice (hopefully) and then you wait until your allotted time, introduce yourself, slip into the chair in front of the agent/editor and pitch your book. Some take notes with them, some like me prefer not to have the added stress of trying to find their way through notes when they have someone looking at them. At the end of the appointment (and sometimes in the middle) you will either get a request for the material or "no thank you".

It's a bit like a cross between speed dating and job interviews. Some authors have multiple appointments at a conference and some are the ones that hang at the board and wait to see what appointments are left in hopes that they can get the agent/editor appointment of their dreams.

Okay, so... as I said... I had a very nice appointment with a very nice agent with a relatively large and well-known agency. I had to go to the bathroom before hand and I was rushing to get to the appointment. Normally, I would have rehearsed what I wanted several times in my head and walked in with an air of confidence. Not so, this time. But, the good news is that it actually did result in a request and I got to meet her face to face and see if she was someone that I could work with toward a career. I think I could.

So, back to the reason for the link to bookends... they have a great blog entry (second one down on the page entitled New Jersey RWA) about do's and don'ts for appointments. They are great and for anyone who willingly puts themselves through this it could be invaluable information. I just wish I had read it before.

Some things I would add that aren't there... brush your teeth before hand and make sure there is nothing between your teeth. And have breath mint before you go in. The last thing they want to know is what you had for lunch.


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