There we were talking, laughing, almost on a first-name basis, when I reached into my bag to retrieve just a fraction of my manuscript; it's the one that wakes me up at night and gnaws at me during every waking moment, begging to be finished already! Turns out, Agent X doesn't represent Christian authors! Oops:( Somehow I missed that - I was still hanging on the fact that she was desperate for young adult historical fiction. My bad.
Today I learned that writing/finishing my book and publishing it are not impossible. The Book Festival was full of smiling, beaming first-time authors, all sitting at tables behind neatly-stacked fruits of their labor. And I just have to say: How exciting! Congratulations to them. Someone believed in them enough to publish their work. Someone took their manuscript, their idea and said, "Yep. This will sell - there's a market for this. Sign here, please."
Along with the open mingling and hum of conversation I enjoyed wonderful, information-filled seminars. My head is still trying to download it all; I met a few literary agents, an editor/consultant, several authors, some just newly published, many book lovers, and a whole lot of folks just like me; some were stalled at various points along the writing journey while others seemed to be waving back from the finish line! Either way, today proved that there is much to be learned about the publishing industry, the business side of writing, and I was fortunate enough to be in the midst of it all. But I realized that the only difference between me and those published authors is a contract......and of course, book sales! I believe it's a totally do-able, yet ambitious goal, and with God, I'll achieve it.
Today's book festival has given me the extra kick in the sweat pants toward pitching an actual agent who DOES accept work from a Christian perspective. I trust and believe that God will do the rest.
Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you.
My flesh and my heart may fail,
but God is the strength of my heart
and my portion forever.
Psalm 73:25,26 (NIV)