thing it is time I found myself an agent. It is a whole new path full of potholes and other dangers. I may even reach that point where I have to steady all four paws and leap across a chasm left by an earthquake. I hope I do not leave too much fur along the way and arrive completely looking like an alley cat who has to fight for every meal.
This sort of journey takes time away from writing. I am currently working my way through a list of websites belonging to agents. Do they represent writers for children? No? Discard. Are they accepting submissions? No? Discard - or put to one side if they may be accepting in the future. Yes? Who do they represent? Do I know the work of these authors? Do they represent overseas authors or have representation in Australia? What are the submission guidelines? Do they charge a reading fee? Will they take e-mail submissions? Are there any caveats on other websites?
I can ask all these things but there is still a problem? Will I be able to work with someone if they agree to represent me? I have written a number of books now. Some of them languish in "the bottom drawer". They may yet see light of day but they need work, Someone I have not met but whose judgment I would trust read another and made some valuable comments. I may yet be able to take those on board and produce something worthy of publication. I put it to one side for the moment.
I have written another. Penguin was taking unsolicited manuscripts so, in a fit of insanity, I sent the proposal off. It was ignored. That does not surprise me. They must have had thousands of proposals and it is entirely possible that not all of them were even read. The University of Queensland Press was also taking unsolicited manuscripts for a very limited time. I have not heard from them - yet. They are still well within the time frame for a reply. I also know that I would be incredibly fortunate to succeed on the second submission.
I really do believe I have written something worthwhile but I am also terrified that others may not see it this way. My family thinks I am slightly mad anyway. I do not even mention writing to them.
I am writing yet another book. I have no idea where the idea came from or why I should be the one to write it. There is another plotting itself away in the back of my mind.
I really do need an agent - or perhaps someone to tell me that I really am insane and need to stop. Then perhaps I could take up a hobby - or even another catnap?
Until then I will spend some time talking to my young hero. He's a nice kid but he is rather lonely.