#36 Meeting with Book Agents

11:54 am Okay, it’s official. I am meeting with a book agent Thursday, around 11.30. Presumably this meeting is about my book. The person is a literary agent, and wants to meet with me. However, I have never done this before.

I searched “How to meet with a book agent” on Google. Seriously. I DID find the following useful information in this article by Adler Books:

How should I approach an agent?

“In a word, professionally. Everything you send an agent should look as neat and organized as you can make it. Most agents prefer the initial contact be made in writing; after all, the written word is the stuff of the book business. Agents have different policies about what they want to see in introductory submissions. For example, some agents want one or two page letters; some want just a chapter and an outline; some want just a proposal; some want the entire manuscript. Check the agent’s policy before making any submission. (A phone call to the agency’s office asking about the company’s submission policy is fine.)”

Here is a kind of snarky article called “How to meet an agent and not look like a nitwit.

1:25 pm AAAhhhhh! Okay, she wants to see my book proposal and first chapter ASAP! At one point, I just had a proposal. That I redid. Like a hundred times. And then checked Twitter. And then got coffee. You know the routine. Finally, something CLICKED and I spurted out this outline in 10 minutes. I told my comrades and partners in my Sisterhood of Success “Okay, I’m ready.” And they gave me tips, and copies of cover letters, and proposals. And, one of them -who is very well-known and well published – said, “You need a first chapter that grabs them by the throat.” So, that took more time. But, here I am, basically prepared, getting ready to meet with an agent (who I can trust and I’m told is a good fit for me) on Thursday.

How did this happen? Short answer – some business zen, trigger pulling + mentors (of course – #sisU).

How did I go from freaking out in the last post to having a meeting with a book agent? After the last post, I paused, and realized: Hey – okay – this is clicking. It’s working. People are into it. So, stop whining!

Then, worlds collided, stars aligned (insert some phrase like this here) and Sam Horn (who has been a big advocate and mentor of mine and the Hot Mommas Project), introduces me to her agent. So, I’m meeting with her on Thursday before a Women’s Leadership Webcast at Mastercard. We also wanted to meet with one of our cool judges from last year who is a Tony Award winning Broadway producer, but, he is kind of  busy – uh- producing Tony Award winning Broadway shows. Mejor, Senor!

Wish me luck

Wish me luck, and we’ll see what happens. I have no idea what I’m doing, but I’ll be taking notes and will share what I learn with you. That is, unless I have to sign away my first-born or something in this meeting. My daughter would do it in a heart beat, I’ll tell you that! Here’s the conversation this morning, walking back from camp with my daughter:

Me: “Lilah, did you know mommy had a crazy dream last night where there was a third kid in our family?”

Lilah: (4 years-old) “Well, I wish we could get rid of Maxwell.” (Her 7-year-old brother).

Geez  – maybe I should bring her to the meeting. TAKE NO PRISONERS.

Anywhoo, my hope is that over the next couple of weeks I may have some interesting learnings to share here re: meeting with a book agent.


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