Yayayayayay!!! It's finally here!
Okay, so chances are you didn't know this day existed, and TECHNICALLY it doesn't - thus the "unofficial" bit. But I decided it should, and you know what? A BUNCH of people agreed with me. So I started spreading the word and organized an Agent Appreciation Day. So take a look at some writer blogs today - I feel sure you'll see MANY people taking part.
So what is Agent Appreciation Day? Well, um, it's a day where writers appreciate their agents. So this post is all about me appreciating my awesome, cool, fabulous agent, Joanna. (Happy Agent Day, Joanna!) And why, you may ask, is Joanna awesome? Well, because I am tragically uncreative outside the realm of fiction, I've decided to write a top 5 list of all the reasons she rocks my socks.
Here we go, yo.
5. She sends me books!
Seriously, this is a HUGE bonus - and maybe my favorite part of being a writer. I get books. And Joanna never lets me go without them. When my computer fell off my bed and broke a fw months ago, Joanna found out I was all sad and she sent me a book! Which, of course, is a GREAT way to cheer a nerd like me up. She also sent me an ARC of Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers - which, FYI, was fabulous. It was my first ARC ever, and Joanna sending it to me really, really made me feel awesome. So that is one reason Joanna rocks.
Also, she sends my mom books, too. How awesome is that?
4. She saves my rear-end on a regular basis.
So I'm going to school in Central New York - far, far, far away from the place I was raised, in Western Kentucky. I know NOTHING about the north. NOTHING about traveling. NOTHING AT ALL. So when my mother was first driving me to New York, Joanna helped us find a place to stay in the city. She rode with us on the train for the first time. She really helped us out. Then, when I was heading home for the first time over Thanksgiving, she really helped me out again. Rather than just giving me instructions, my awesome agent made sure I got on my planes and buses, and she just, you know, hung out with me. She did WAY more than she ever had to, and she really saved my butt considering it was my first time traveling by myself. For that, I will always be grateful. (Cuz, in case you didn't know, I'm a huge chicken and would have been totally terrified to do this on my own - not that I told Joanna that. :) )
3. She totally believes in me.
Like all writers, I often find myself stumbling into the ocean of overwhelming self-doubt. This is normal, I believe. But Joanna never lets me swim out in that ocean too far. One of the amazing things about my agent is that she truly, honestly believes in my work, even when I might not. She loved The DUFF, which, honestly, still amazes me since I never REALLY thought it would go anywhere back when I was just writing it for me, but she also managed to love my second novel, which I often worried (and still do from time to time as I revise) is a peice of crap. But Joanna's great ideas and insights have totally helped me keep my sanity with this second, slightly more challenging book. With her on my side, I know I can make it work. Not only that, but she's also been insanely supportive of all my other story ideas, and she welcomes me to bounce them off her when I need to. With my current WIP, I was so afraid she'd hate the sample I sent since it's quite a bit different from my usual voice and style. But she's been so supportive and encouraging, even helpiing me hone in on the ideas. There's even a particular book - The Outcast Society - which I scrapped long ago, and she believes in the idea SO much that she takes every chance she can to harrass me about writing it! Hahaha. And I mean "harrass" in a good way. I love that she believes in what I write, even when I don't.
2. She is always on my side.
I used to see acknowledgments in books that said something about an agent being in the writer's "court" or on the writer's "team." I never understood that really until I found an agent. And mine, in particular, is made of win. Joanna amazes me in that she always seems to know exactly what I want out of my book, even when I haven't said it. I've always had a certain "vision" for The DUFF, and I'm lucky that my agent understood that vision from the get-go. Her revision ideas were perfect, and any time a question for the book has come up, Joanna always seems to know exactly how I'll feel about it. I'm constantly baffled by how well she knows my characters and how identical her vision of The DUFF is to mine. I think it was by having such similar ideas of the novel that Joanna truly crafted the perfect sale. She found the editor that understood the book the same way we did, and that is a HUGE relief. I know I'm in good hands with my agent, who is totally "in my court" and "on my team."
1. She made me watch The Princess Bride.
I've been scolded and yelled at and stared blankly at for years whenever I said, "Oh, I haven't seen The Princess Bride." This, I am learning, is a mortal sin. Especially since I have a character in The DUFF named Wesley (and Wesley in general is my favorite boy's name), and this somehow makes it a law that I must see all movies/TV shows with Wesleys in them.
When I was on my way back up to Ithaca after Thanksgiving break, I was hanging out with Joanna (see the note on saving my rear end), and she decided to take it upon herself to force me to eat chinese food (which I previously stated I didn't like, and she proved me wrong) while we watched Orphan. During the middle of this horror movie, it somehow came up that I had never seen The Princess Bride. Rather than just staring at me in shock or disgust, Joanna took it upon herself to introduce me to the fabulous film. So, yeah. She basically saved me from pop culture ignorance there. Phew! I don't know what I'd do without her. :)
So that's my agent appreciation! Clearly, my agent is amazing. I hope she knows that. <3>
Wanna see who else is sharing the love? Head over to Lisa and Laura Roecker's blog to see who else is posting! The love Roecker sisters volunteered to organize the list of posts, and for that I give them MAJOR props!
Friday, December 11, 2009
Yayayayayay!!! It's finally here!