First, thanks to anyone who purchased Borrowed Magic while it was one sale! I had some great sales numbers.
And now for the real topic of this post…
In three weeks, I will attend one of the largest writers’ conferences in the country. This is a learning conference, where you take classes and listen to ideas on how to improve your writing. A ton of great presenters come and the classes are great. I’ve been three other times and never been disappointed.
This time, I have the opportunity (picked in a lottery) to pitch to an agent. Not just any agent. One of the biggest YA (young adult) agents in the country! I can’t say how thrilled I am about this. And how nervous. I plan to pitch my finished manuscript, Blessed. It’s another YA fantasy but on a more epic scale than Borrowed Magic. It’s not a stand alone but the first in a trilogy set in a mediterranean-type world with three different kingdoms and a greek gods kind of thing. I think it’s the best thing I’ve ever written and can’t say how excited I am about it.
Which is where the “not sure how I feel about it” comes in. If this agent were to want Blessed, it would be a huge opportunity that I couldn’t turn down. However, that means I can’t put the book out this summer, which I will do if the agent isn’t interested. So I’m torn. The agent would be great for my career. BUT it also means I don’t have as much control over timing, etc. (Remember my post a few times ago about how long it takes a traditional publisher to get a book on shelves? 1 1/2 – 2 years! Not to mention getting an agent doesn’t necessarily mean getting a publisher.) And it means you won’t be able to read it as soon — assuming you want to. 🙂
Complicating it all, I’ve almost finished outlining the second book in the trilogy, and I’m soooooo excited about it! I love the characters, the plot, everything. And I’d love to have people reading it in 9 months instead of 3 years!
I guess I’ll just have to wait and see what happens. I think it can be good either way.