Novel Dreams

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?

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  1. Those are great tips! I will follow you on the journey!

  2. Best of luck Shannon, I can’t wait to see what you write about!

  3. You’ve got my support! Nice meeting you at lunch!!! Looking forward to following along!


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