I'm excited to be over here visiting Ms. Fury's blog! It's nice over here, I may stay a while. I hope you are all doing well! It's feelin' like July out there!! I'm not complaining...
So. I got some amazing news (recently). After a conversation full of "No way's?" and "I'm so excited's," I am now an intern for Awesome Agent, Louise Fury at L. Perkins Agency!! Our story is one of mutual loves (Divergent & deep dish pizza) and thanks to my friend, the uber cool, Brenda Drake, Ms. Fury and I connected and *poof* an intern was born.
I sure hope I can live up to that picture up there.
I'm THRILLED to have this opportunity. I keep wondering if someone is playing a trick on me. *looks under the chair*
So after a lengthy, informative and downright awesome conversation with Ms. Fury, I learned a TON! And I'll mention, that Giordanos' Chicago deep dish pizza came into the conversation and one of us ordered it online and is having it delivered tomorrow! LOL. It's not me, sadly. 'Cause I had to look up how to spell it and it totally made me hungry for one. Also, I called it Ghirardelli (which in a strange coincidence I also had to google how to spell) on the phone with her. You know, the chocolates? Whoops. AND now I want chocolate.
Okay. So before I get too off topic - it's been known to happen... HA.
10 things I've learned about being a lit agent intern for 10 minutes...
1. Don't let anyone tell you, you can't gain something from social media. From meeting Brenda in 2010 to DM'ing with Ms. Fury, it all happened online.
2. Louise Fury knows her stuff.
3. Agents have just as hard of a time waiting as we do. Who knew? Makes sense if you think about it.
4. If an agent asks for your manuscript, send it as soon as possible. Agents may not have the same amount of time to read it as they did when they first asked. (Does that make sense? I had to read that sentence twice.)
5. Agents are people, like you and me. I felt SO comfortable talking to her. She is so nice and thoughtful.
6. She told me my writing will improve by reading for her. So, if you see writers' work in workshops or blogs, like the After the Madness Workshop or Miss Snark's First Victim Blog it may help YOU as much as them ;o)
7. Clients come first. But, every writer is important.
8. There are a lot of people paying someone to query for them??? WHY?
9. Certain things about your query will stand out. I remember titles more than the writing, but she remembers certain phrases and if someone has a unique style of writing.
10. There ARE people who will help you. There ARE people who want to see you succeed.
I'm seriously SQUEEING about this opportunity and I will share what I learn along the way! She's actually encouraging me to, which is totally cool. I think this goes without saying, but I feel the need to say it. I won't share any specifics about manuscripts. Or really anything about them. My posts on my blog will be about my journey into the world of interning and other stuff. I can't wait!
What do you think? Anything you can add about how you feel about the industry? Have you interned before? I could probably add some more, but 10 and 10 had a nice ring to it ;o)
Have a great rest of the week!
Thanks for having me. This was fun!
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