Ever wonder how you become a writer? I don't mean how to write a best selling novel, or what topics to write about. What I mean is do you ever wonder what you have to do or who to contact when trying to get your novel/manuscript published. I did for a long time. For a short time I thought just word of mouth and talking to people would get me in touch with the right people. When I used to work in Lindenhurst at a "cell phone company," I came across a customer who had a lot of contacts including a few in the literary world. I gave him several chapters of my novel in hopes of getting it to the right people. After a few phone calls, I was contacted by a well known author and agent Peter Miller. He was nice enough to call me to discuss my novel, but unfortunately I was not a known writer and believed my material at the time was not what they were looking for.
With the one road that I put all of my hope into being closed, I didn't know where else to go. I looked up another well known author (who will remain nameless) and emailed him directly to ask what I would need to do to become an author or to get signed. That email to this day has gone unanswered.
It took my father's dietician to tell me what I would need to do. She told me most Literary Agents do not want to take a risk on a new writer who doesn't have anything out for the public to follow. I was told to get published through different writing contests or to self publish a book. She said books of poetry and short stories are generally disgarded by most agents because there isn't much of a market for it.
I however decided to take the idea of self publishing and use it to put out a book of poetry (The Chamber of Souls). I knew my poems were a good way for my readers to relate to me and the situations that I went through.
In my final thoughts of this post, I want to convey that there isn't one specific way to get signed by an agent. There are some that are picked up instantly due to circumstances or they have a well known name. Others that seem like they burst onto the scene with a new unique concept have been on the same journey as the rest of us writers. They have sent out querie letters to numerous agents; hoping their manuscript is finally picked up. Although it may be a long road to hit that goal, there will always be that time when someone says yes and it will all be worth it. I look forward to the day when I get that yes as well.