Every fiction writer knows the legend. “The Call.” The best day of your life. The day an agent finally pulls your golden query from the depths of the slush pile and says, “You, sir, are as brilliant as you think you are.”
Or something like that.
Well, on Monday, April 25, 2016, it happened to me. And let me tell you—it was awful.
Now, forget for a minute that I hate talking on the phone and that my ringtone alone makes me nervous. This call was one during which I was extra terrified of making a misstep, accidentally saying something so egregious the agent would rescind on the spot.
If you’re a stronger gal than me (which is likely), you might be able to take something like this in stride. After a lifetime of people telling you to get used to rejection if you’re going to be a writer, and then months (maybe years) of rejection and/or radio silence…
A wonderful agent contacts you and lavishes praise on you and your work!
It’s like waking up from a familiar dream in a parallel universe. All of a sudden, after nothing but *crickets* for so long, I was suddenly smack dab in the middle of this world that I did not know how to navigate. And I was petrified of screwing up. [Read more…]