Many of you know that I’ve been hitting it hard on the writing side of things. In addition to this site I’ve also been getting after some freelance opportunities. Most of all, I’ve been developing a book idea that first hit me in the brain (a fitting metaphor as you’ll see in a moment) last summer.
I’ve also gone to my first two writer’s conferences this year. In June I spent a week at Wheaton College for 5 days of sessions, networking, and the best food I’ve ever had in what is technically called a cafeteria. Gourmet I say! During that week I met a lot of editors, agents, and authors and was excited by the interest they showed in my work.
If you have no idea what a writer’s conference is like, take a look at how I compared the process to hitting on strangers. Enough happened during that week to write a chapter about, but basically I came home knowing people wanted to see my work. I set out about the task of writing a book proposal and some sample chapters in between more travel and a full summer teaching load.
So far, the work has paid off.
That’s why I’m super excited to tell you that I now have an agent! Her name is Amanda Luedeke and she’s with MacGregor Literary. In my opinion, Amanda and MacGregor are the best fit for the type of stuff I do which, as many of you know, can include some weirdification. To celebrate our phone call, I hopped in my car and went to Barnes & Noble where I bought my favorite drink (caramel frappucino) and allowed myself to stare at the shelf where my own book might one day be. M-O-O, M-O-P, M-O-R… Then I drove home and wrote until 2 a.m.
When you decide to get serious about writing, finding an agent is one of the first goals you set. Then you find out that getting an agent is one of the hardest parts of the business. Good agents at good agencies receive hundreds to thousands of queries every month. The slush pile is large, and many writers abandon the search altogether. I’m not just excited that I connected with an agent. The best part is that I found someone who gets what I’m doing and is equally excited about the project.
Whatever you’re working on, try to surround yourself with folks who understand you and care about what you’re doing. Too often we settle and miss out on much better opportunities. As Jon Acuff said the other day, it’s important to “find someone who gets you.” That’s not always the easiest thing to do whether we’re talking spouses, friends, business partners, or whatever.
So we’re about the business of producing the best materials we can make in hopes of selling a book. Hopefully that will be another exciting update in the future but for now I got lots of work to do.
In case you’re curious, the book I’m working on combines zombies and God and life and some other fun stuff. Basically, this site’s tagline “Pop Culture & The Meaning of Life” holds true. You’ll see some of the fun research bits for the book right here over the next few months as I race to get this baby done.
How do you celebrate the little and big successes in life?