Candi wanted to apologize for missing her post yesterday. She's in the midst of moving and they turned off her internet sooner than she expected.
Now, in the theme of creepy owls, I thought I'd use this "happy" (although seriously disturbing) owl to announce my news. (BTW, Jenn, I found this owl while searching for the 'Ya RLY' owl, you're right, scary. And may I recommend the 'Fro RLY' Owl, who was second runner up for this post.)
Some of you may know because you visit my site, some of you may not. So for those of you who don't know--I have an agent!! For those of you who do know, I'm sorry for the repeat, it's pretty much the only thing on my mind right now.
Did you know that agents attain about 95% of their clients through referrals? So, odds are, if you surround yourself with writers, you are more likely to get an agent.
I'm sure most of you know this, but for any new writers that come across this site, this is information I would've loved to know when I was starting out. As part of growing and developing as a writer, you should be involved in some sort of critique group. For novels, I recommend a group where you exchange complete manuscripts with a few other writers. I'm involved in two groups, one where we exchange a few chapters at a time, and then one (with a few of my online friends) where we exchange whole manuscripts. The whole manuscript one has been much more helpful because the reader can see your book as a whole and get the entire picture. When I critique and get critiqued I learn so much. Sometimes I learn more from critiquing than I do from being critiqued. So network, find those other writers who are writing for the same market or same genre as you and then help each other find success.
I have heard many success stories that involve queries, but my success story involves a referral. Jenni James, who I started exchanging manuscripts with back in December, read my book, loved it, and then referred me to her agent. Did I become friends with Jenni in hopes of her recommending my work to her agent? We may joke about it sometimes, but the answer is: No, of course not. I genuinely connected with Jenni, we got along well, we had similar goals, and we helped each other. Do I feel extremely lucky that she loved one of my manuscripts enough to recommend it? Yes!
So my question to you is, how did you find your critique group? What has worked/hasn't worked in that group? What advice would you give to those just starting on the process? Or, if you are just starting in the process, what questions do you have that we might be able to address in future posts?