Step 2: Get an agent

by Lesley on May 8, 2013 · 25 comments

in writing

Writing can be a lonely journey at times. I suspect this is why so many writers keep a blog. While our journals and Mac word documents are certainly safer and more forgiving, sometimes we need others’ affirmation to keep going.

I’ve told this to you before, but I’m going to say it again: thank you, thank you, thank you for continuing to return to this space where I create and publish very raw and un-edited material. Knowing you’re out there keeps me disciplined, and gives me motivation to keep writing.

Because of your love and support, I’m really excited to let you in on some exciting news in my writing career. Some of you know I’ve been working diligently on my book and book proposal since late last summer. (Although I never technically wrote a post about “Step 1” of the book writing journey, I mentioned my little writing retreat last October as a key weekend for jumping into the book proposal process. From October-February I spent oodles of time writing and editing the proposal until it seemed ready to go.) After doing a lot of research on literary agents, I sent the proposal out to six people on March 1. And then I waited.

And then, drumroll, earlier this week I signed with a literary agent who will help get my book proposal into publishers’ hands! And, I’m thrilled about who I’ll be working with. Chris was a top choice when I sent out proposals in early March, but I waited almost 8 weeks to hear back from him. I was about to move forward with another agent when Chris contacted me. Talk about perfect timing!

Besides the fact that Chris has worked with some fantastic authors, he also knows more about cancer than the average Joe. His wife was diagnosed with breast cancer a few months before Jonathan. Needless to say, I don’t think I could have found an agent who better understands our cancer journey than one who has walked through it recently in a similar way I have.

If all goes according to plan, I’ll have the proposal and sample chapters finalized before baby boy’s arrival so that Chris can look for a publisher while I learn how to take care of two kiddos. I’m not sure yet how much editing needs to happen but it will certainly get priority over my blogging and nesting. Please forgive me if this space isn’t updated as frequently as you’re used to in the upcoming months.

I have big hopes that with Chris’ help, we can find a publisher sometime by early fall 2013. Signing with an agent is definitely a good sign my dream can happen, but nothing is certain. I appreciate your prayers as I edit the proposal and sample chapters, and as we move forward to this next step. I’m not sure what God’s ultimate plan is for this book or my writing career, but I’m having a ton of fun following Him through the process.

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ragamuffinpc
ragamuffinpc

That is crazy exciting! I will buy that book, and it WILL be in hardcopy form so you can sign the inside.

Tim
Tim

I thought you were going to tell us that you didn't post on step one because it would make for a rather short post: "Step One - write a book" Congratulations on finding an agent, Lesley. I know that's not easy, and it's a major step in the process. You're already a great writer by my reckoning, and now your writing will have a chance to find many more appreciative readers. Cheers, Tim

Brittney
Brittney

You know, this was helpful.. Not just because it gives practical advice but you speak for so many, definitely for me. I avoided blogging like the plague; rather, I started several and quit because blogging felt so redundant, like watered down art. Do you ever feel like that? But I was told that this is the new way for writers. Blogging creates a following and a following cultivates the ability for a writer to be published. Alas, here I go again, and everyday I feel iffy about it. Congrats to you though! That's wonderful news. You must have a slew of emotions running rampant! Grace and peace and publishing luck!

Ross
Ross

That is so awesome! Way to go Lesley.

Ann
Ann

Lesley, Dad and I are so proud of you and this accomplishment. I always new you'd be a writer one day! Can't wait to read it!!!!! xoxoxoxox Mom

Elizabeth Kane
Elizabeth Kane

That is fantastic!! Congratulations!! Sending warm wishes your way - what great adventures you're on. :)

Colette
Colette

How exciting!!! Really happy for you, Lesley!

Michelle
Michelle

Lesley- a HUGE congrats! What an exciting step-- I'll be excited to read the book!

Ashlee
Ashlee

WHOOP WHOOP! So proud of you, friend. I have a bottle of champagne on ice waiting for the official book deal. Hopefully you'll be able to drink again when that happens ;)

Kelli Breton
Kelli Breton

Gooooo Lesley!!!! Woo hoo! SO exciting! Yay! Can't wait to open up the first page of your book and start reading!!

Christina
Christina

Congratulations Lesley! What fantastic news!!!

Amy
Amy

So excited for you!!!

Jennifer
Jennifer

This is incredibly exciting news, Lesley! Congratulations on finding the perfect agent. Cancer has (sadly) been a big part of my life growing up (mom is a two-time survivor) and I'm really looking forward to reading the book. Good for you for taking the time to share your journey with all of us. It's appreciated!

Allison Moore
Allison Moore

Lesley, this is such exciting news! So very happy for you and can't wait to read more.

Nichole
Nichole

Yahooooo! I wondered what you ended up deciding. I can't wait to see this unfold for you. So many exciting things happening in your world right now. Just think, you actually have 2 babies on the way. LOL

Andrea
Andrea

Yeah, Lesley! This is exciting news! You make me proud:)