Well, I’ve done it!
I’ve sent off my first agent submission letter.
I’ve looked at sample letters on the internet.
I’ve consulted the Agent Association Members Directory to be sure I know who is legitimate.
I’ve checked the websites of several agents, looking at who they represent, what type of books they are looking for, and what guidelines they give for submissions.
I thought about making multiple pitches. Most of the online advice suggests that you should probably pitch to between three and six agents at a time. Not more than eight. This is to balance maximizing your chances of getting a yes against flooding the market with a pitch that may need honing.
I’ve already picked out a handful of other agents in case I get a rejection from the first, but decided I would make a single pitch to start with.
I would be thrilled to get signed by this agency, the Caroline Sheldon Agency. They represent some of my favorite authors, such as Teri Terry and Julia Donaldson, and also some wonderful illustrators such as Debi Gliori.
I know the odds are that I’ll get a ‘not interested’ from them. I know the odds are I’ll get dozens before I a get a yes – if I ever do – but I have to start somewhere.
The longest journey begins with a single step.
I’ve taken that first step.
Let’s see where it takes me.
I have written a series of 5 (so far) stories which I’d love to have turned into children’s picture books.
They collectively form The Adventures of Ginny Giant and Sweetpea the Dragon
As of January 2014 I am seriously looking into getting them published.
I am connecting with authors and publishers on Twitter.I’ve always loved reading, and have been writing fan-fiction for over 20 years. Writers are my kind of people!
I have followed links to sites and posts giving advice.
I have already started to follow some of this advice. Hey, I’ve started this blog!
- I haven’t had my stories illustrated. I can’t draw myself and all the articles I’ve read suggest that publishers like to assign their own artists.
- I’ve registered the copyright on my stories with an online site. This is to protect me from copyright theft by members of the public at large as I move to the next stage: doing market research.
- I am arranging to ‘field test’ the stories with some children I don’t know.
- I am looking at the ‘who’ and the ‘how to’ of getting a literary agent.
- I am researching children’s picture book publishers. So far the one I’d most love to carry my books is Little Tiger Press. I adore their books, and they fit best with the ‘vision’ I have for how I’d like my stories to look.
- I am looking ahead to new titles I can add to my series. I have a long list of ideas and intend to make sure that amidst the process of trying to publish the first five, I don’t forget to write more!
Wish me luck!
I’ve resisted having an online blog for some time. I’ve signed up to lots of sites and find I don’t get round to updating or contributing. I think nothing looks worse than a site that is neglected. Out of date information is worse than no information at all.
But now I’m an aspiring children’s picture book author. I’m hoping to get published. My existing online presence probably isn’t the best advertisement. So my New Year’s Resolution for 2014 is to create and – more importantly – maintain a blog.
This is it.