I spoke to a literary agent recently. I didn’t pitch her my novel. I just wanted to get a feel for what the industry is like now.
Doesn’t sound like much has changed in the ten years since I worked in book publishing.
She was very straight-forward with me and didn’t sugarcoat the process, which I appreciated. She did give me some very good advice:
Write the novel that you want to write, the one that only you can bring to the marketplace.
Writing a book and getting it published takes time. It’s a long, hard road. Writing from the heart will make the journey, at least somewhat, enjoyable.
And what’s the point otherwise?
The other great tip she gave me was to build a platform and establish an audience before pitching a book to an agent or publisher.
Hi audience! Will you follow me on this journey?