Seeking a literary agent
The time has come, the walrus said. My main beta reader met with me tonight and gave me my manuscript back, duly notated and with suggestions for tightening up certain parts of the story, expanding other parts, including a glossary and a “cast of characters”.
Overall the feedback was positive. This is a reader who is a qualified librarian with a master’s degree in information management. In other words, eminently qualified to be a beta reader! My sister also keeps telling me she has feedback, but apart from her verbal advice that I have not mentioned all four children by name in the book, I have yet to see her hard copy notes!
I have warned the family that from this weekend we are back to my Sunday morning working!
I am SO SO grateful to my beta reader for her feedback. I trusted her to be honest and I believe she has been. She believes my book should be published. “Most Australians have no idea of the reality”, was one comment she made tonight.
As I expected, she gave me warnings about copyright where I have quoted websites and warned of the possibility of libel.
All the members of our support team have given their permission to be mentioned by name, provided they have the opportunity to review the manuscript. I will, I believe, have to give the “opposition” a right of review too. Am I likely to end up in a legal battle for years before I can publish? This we are yet to know, but this is where the challenge may come for a literary agent.
I gather from reading various writings by writers and agents that unique is seen as a challenge in the traditional publishing industry so I may be considered a little too “out there” for the New York publishing houses!
I have titled this article “seeking a literary agent”. I decided today I have this web site about our journey, about writing the memoir – what better place to say, “Hey, publishing industry, do you dare take on this manuscript?”
Still think our love story would make a damn good movie! I just need Angelina Jolie to agree to play me!
We have the same coloured eyes and I can wield a weapon as well as she can!
Note to literary agents who may stop by: the excerpts published here (category/menu “The Book”) are raw, first run excerpts. Now the polishing begins.