I have been considering the idea of an agent search more and more frequently the past couple years. Initially, I kept asking myself what I might have to offer an agent.
In case you are wondering, that was the younger, more pessimistic me (yes, I’m older now and I’m still occassionally pessimistic – on the whole I have a great deal more self-confidence in myself and my writing now)
As I have grown more comfortable in my own writer’s skin, I’ve changed that question from what to how much? As in, “How much time do I realistically have to look for an agent?”
It even goes one step further too and this is where the cold chills often grip me. I’m busy now. If I were to find an agent, would I have time to properly work with him or her (this is where the self-doubt still occasionally surfaces)? Then I remind myself of the old saying which says, “if you want something done (right), give it to a busy person.” I know I’m a busy person and I always seem to hit my deadlines.
So, does that mean now is the right time?
That is usually where I manage to step back from the ledge and not take the leap.
Then, I met Alexander Pierce virtually on Twitter. Alexander has been taking that very leap for a while and only a few weeks ago he was successful in his agent search. I read his post about it and got thinking about agents yet again.
And the question came up…again. Is now the right time?
I look at what 2015 has in store for me and I think the answer could be yes (btw, “could” is one of those hedging words for when you don’t want to commit to something).
I mean, I have a book I co-authored with JR Murdock coming out either late this year or early next. I’m working on the next Mik Murdoch which should be out next year. I’m publishing an anthology and Boyscouts of the Apocalypse. AND I should have at least two short stories coming out.
If I’m not ready now, when will I ever be? Sometimes a little fear is a good thing, but you cannot let it rule you.
All that being said, I will start my agent search this month. I will do that by crafting the best agent query letter I can and gather the list of agents I have been compiling. Then, I will unleash the dogs of war…or at least the dogs of querying.