I believe it was an Esther 4:14 moment. The content of this book was written long before I ever dreamed of pitching it as a book. I had held onto it, and through a gentle nudging of the Spirit… last July I stepped out in faith.
It is now a year later, and my book is available for pre-sale on Amazon and several other online retailers. It will be on bookstore shelves on Sept 10. This is the surreal becoming real.
Which brings me to, today. One year later. It’s not a matter of serendipity but providence that I signed another contract today. This time, with Michelle Lazurek of WordWise Media Services… who is now officially my Literary Agent.
Getting a Literary Agent is not like getting a Talent Agent. Years ago, when I signed with my Talent Agent they simply put me on the books. I didn’t have to audition for them, just showed up with some good photos and a resume of my previous acting work. Easy peasy.
Getting a Literary Agent is pretty much like trying to get your book published. You send them your book proposal(s) and they determine if you / the project has merit. Just because I had already signed a book contract, didn’t mean Literary Agents were jumping out of the wood seeking me. Nor did it mean that I was guaranteed a contract after submitting my proposals.
How did I know the time was right to seek a Literary Agent?
My gut was already telling me it was probably time. But, I always pray for confirmation. When I attended a writing conference this summer, I prayed that God would affirm if that was the right direction. Over, and over again, He did. Even to the point where my last meeting of the conference, a publisher said: “I don’t normally tell people this at an event like this, but it is time for you to agent up.”
How did I know that WordWise Media was the right agency for me?
Providence. Absolute providence. God kept putting them in my pathway, over and over again. And, what I loved about Michelle (specifically) was that she wasn’t looking for a one and done author. She wasn’t looking to sign a “project”. She was looking for someone who had a lot more work that needed to come out. She was signing the person not the product.
So, now it begins… the next step in the journey. Glad I’m not walking it alone.
Where there is no guidance, a people falls,
but in an abundance of counselors there is safety.