When I think about what I've accomplished in the past year, I know it stems back to something that happened on Valentine's Day 2011. I accepted my agent's offer for representation. Since then, Lauren has inspired me to do things I never thought I could do. It used to take me about six months to draft a novel. Now, I can draft a book in as little as 12 days. What's the difference? Lauren believes in me and cheers me on. She pushes me to be a better writer.
When I was querying agents, I heard people say that finding an agent was like searching for a spouse. Well, it's a little different. ;) But I have to say the relationship does require trust, support, encouragement, and so many other things that you would look for in someone you're going to commit to. And that's why I can't stress enough how important it is to find the right agent.
Not all agents are right for all writers. You have to have personalities and work styles that mesh. The first time I talked to Lauren, I knew she was right for me. And while I waited to hear back from the other agents who had fulls, all I thought about and talked about was Lauren and how much we'd clicked. My husband said to me, "You sound like you've already made up your mind." And I had. I just knew--call it the Irish intuition in me.
So my advice to anyone querying agents is to be patient and find the right agent. I know what it's like to just want an agent, any agent. But you owe it to yourself to find the person who will guide your career and make you a better writer. I want you to find what I've found in Lauren.
What's the best agent advice you've heard or can give?