I’ve been reluctant to admit it, but I’ve been a little lost in the wilderness with this last draft. I’ve been needing to put together a package that I can use to hunt for a publisher, but haven’t been sure how to go about it. Business and a knack for self-hype are not among my stronger qualities. I once gave a reading at a Barnes and Noble, and the woman who handled the readings pulled me aside to tell me that my book was good, but I needed to put some effort into “establishing my brand.” I was shocked and embarrassed to find myself on the receiving end of that. I thought she was clueless. She didn’t get it all.
Well, I have an agent now and I met with her yesterday. It was a good meeting and I know what I need to do to get back on track. She has high literary standards—that is, she’s a literary agent, not a book agent. So I have a direction and guidance. I start the truly hard work Monday. This book will be finished one day.