“Editing is part of any serious writer’s journey. We all need eyes other than our own on our material, even if it’s scary to put your soul on paper and hand it over.”

“It’s a wistful feeling, knowing that you had something very special in your grasp but losing it to someone else, but I have to say I’ve learned that it’s best to send best wishes to that author and agent and move on.”

“I can’t really imagine *not* getting attached a writer’s work.   The whole reason you agree to represent a book or books by a writer is that you are in love with the work—there is nothing objective about personal taste.”

The editor goes into generous detail about shimmering talent, selling a book versus selling an author and falling in love.

The former literary agent speaks openly about authenticity in platform building, when and why he takes on a client and what’s at stake from his side of the desk.

I think the way to set yourself apart as an author is to decide what it is YOU are sharing with the world with your work no matter the genre.  

When I look up and find that I am giddy and self-conscious with delight at my own little participation in the project, and see, joyfully, that I have been tricked or seduced into this condition and eager, finally to see the writing succeed and scared that it won’t, well, that’s what has to happen.

How do you know when a creative partnership is going to fly?

The agent goes into detail about collaboration, the pull inside that makes her say “yes” and the excitement factor in picking and choosing.