Friday, May 11, 2012

Ch-ch-changes

You may have noticed from the sidebar that I am no longer agented. I don't want to spend too much time on it here, but I did want to acknowledge it. 


This is because I thought it was important to make clear that nothing happened. By that I mean nothing dramatic or crazy-- no blowout, no big event, no "inciting incident" as we might say, -- it's just a decision I've been hovering around for a few months. 


I thought NOT mentioning it might give the impression that something was wrong or had gone awry, when in reality I liked my former agent a lot-- in fact our personalities meshing was never a problem. 


I really like her, and I still think she is a terrific person and a great agent. 


It is truly not about anyone being anything-- it is simply a case of having compatible working styles. I asked a lot of questions in our interview, but sometimes you cannot get a feel for how you will work with someone else until you do it, and this ultimately was not the right match. I've learned a lot in the last seven months. 


Having not gone out on subs yet, it was an ideal time to end the professional relationship. I don't plan to query STUNG again. Even though I know I technically could, my heart's not in it.


I'm working on another project, and I'd like to start fresh when I seek a new agent.


As one of my sisters said, "I'm happy AND sad for you."


That pretty much sums it up. 





19 comments:

  1. I think it's brave of you to make that decision! Here's to great things to come for you :)

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  2. On to bigger and better things. It's all a learning process.

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  3. What Jennifer and Eliza said; kudos for being brave and doing what's right for you.

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  4. I have to agree with all the other commenters, you are brave!

    I'm sure that you'll find a perfect agent for your next book. I'm cheering for you.

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  5. I think it's admirable that you'd make this brave (and probably a little scary) move. You clearly have a good sense of what's right for you and what you need to have a good foundation in this industry. Bravo!

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  6. As others said, you've got a handle on your goals and clearly made the right decision. Big applause for you. But, I'm not sure I'd stick the MS in a drawer and walk away. Perhaps you could re-visit it later, after you've begin to roll with your next WIP. If it interested one agent, it just might interest another.

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  7. As others have said, I think it's a brave and positive step, KO. I've quit jobs where I worked with people I LOVED, just to move forward. Nothing personal.

    You'll end up on the good side of things, I'm certain. Plus, there'll be opportunities for STUNG in the future if you want them.

    Best of luck going FORWARD, :)

    EJ

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  8. Thanks y'all for the comments.
    I appreciate them!

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  9. Ditto everyone else!! I'm sure in a way you feel disappointed, but I think it will only make your next story, next query and next agent relationship all that much stronger! And heck, you've conquered the 'impossible' once (getting an agent), so no doubt you can definitely do it again!! Good luck! :-)

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  10. I'm with everyone else: I'm sorry the relationship came to an end, but also pleased that you weren't willing to settle for less than the absolute best person for the job for you and your book. I hope the next book finds a forever home with an agent with a compatible working style as well as a personality you love.

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  11. Yep, I agree with everyone else... So sorry it didn't work out, but I'm glad you recognized that the match wasn't perfect and had the courage to do something about it. Happy writing, and here's to a better match in the future!

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  12. Thanks Jennifer- I think we have to be thoughtful about all working relationships (all relationships for that matter).

    True Eliza-- I think it's important to consider it that way-- just a learning process, like any other.

    Thanks Rebecca- it's really a neutral thing-- not "good" or "bad" just right for me.

    Thank you Connie-- I don't think of it as brave-- maybe it's just that I'm old! :0) The closer I get to 40 the more I realize what works or doesn't work for me.

    Thanks Rachel-- it was a little scary, but the next morning, after making the decision, I felt great about it. I think that says a lot.

    I hear you, Kittie- I had other agents interested in the other MS when I go this agent. But... I'm not excited about it right now. I'd rather start fresh with a new agent. Maybe with someone new we could dust it off in the future. I'd still love for that story to make its way in the world.

    Thanks EJ-- LOVE the new pic, BTW. :0) You are so right. It's about moving forward with what's right for you-- or me, in this case.

    Lo- very true. Disappointed, yes, but I'm not feeling frustrated any more, which is a good thing. I hope I can do the impossible twice... we'll just have to see. I've got a new story all about a boy vampire attending a magical school in a dystopian society that I have a really good feeling about. Just kidding.

    Thanks Soph-- nice to *see* you. I have learned a lot!

    Hey Katy! Hope the move went well! I will keep all appendages crossed for a good match in the future. :0)

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  13. Happy and sad for you is the perfect and honest sentiment. Sad that you probably feel the sting (no pun intended) of the time that has passed. But happy that you must have learned a great deal from it, and we always come out stronger after a challenge of some kind. I'm sure whatever you're working towards now will be bigger and better because of what you've learned.

    Good luck!

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  14. I'm sure the right agent is out there waiting for you. I think there really is no end to the learning in this business.

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  15. I'm sorry it didn't work out with your old agent. I hope you find a new one you work better with soon!

    This reaffirms the need to find the *right* agent for you, and not just any agent who wants to represent you. You have to want to work with that person for the long haul.

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  16. Very true Nina-- I have learned so much-- as much about my own working style/needs as anything else.

    Carolyn- Absolutely! I would say, there's no end to learning in life. :0)

    Ghenet-- Yes! It's a match that's important to get right. A partnership that needs to be compatible in the right ways.

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  17. Wow! You're the third writer I know who has ended their relationship with their agent recently. As Stephen Chudney said at a recent SCBWI conference, they've "disengaged." (so much better than saying "broke up with" or "divorced" their agent).

    I hope it leads to an even stronger relationship with a different agent. You can do it, Kat! And you may even find after six months or a year, that you WANT to go back to that novel.

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  18. That's such a hard decision to make, but I think in those situations you need to go with your gut. Better to realize it wasn't working out now than way down the line. I'm sorry it didn't work out, but you'll find your match, and hopefully when you do THIS will be the book and the agent to get your book on shelves!

    Thanks for sharing this. It's not something writers often talk about, but I appreciate your honesty.

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  19. Interesting Joanne-- it must be catching! I like the term disengage-- divorce makes it sound too serious. Breaking up makes it sound too personal.

    Tracey- thanks for the encouragement. I felt like I had to say something, or it would become the 400 lb gorilla in the room. I also wanted to make it clear that nothing was wrong with my agent, but that we simply needed to move on.

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