Last night I was swinging between watching the Oscars and trying to study for chemistry. Anyone who was watching the Oscars last night knows that that's pretty much impossible, but I persevered! I managed to get through an entire month's worth of notes. Ecstatic at my triumph, I check my email. And what do I see but an email from an agent who saw this blog and read my work and wants me to query her. Guys. This blog is officially holy ground. Okay? Officially. 'Cause an agent's traversed these pages.
So I go off screaming and squealing and jumping up and down in excitement. And I'm messaging all my friends going 'HOLY GOD, GUYS. SHE LIKED IT!!! WHAT THE FRAK!' And Hasan (the sidekick), goes:
don't talk to any agents sumi!!!! HAVENT YOU SEEN THE MATRIX????? THEY ARE BAD PEOPLE. THEY JUST TRANSFORM AND TRY TO KILL YOU AND YOUR LITERARY WORKS. LEARN FROM NEO'S MISTAKES.
Ever since I discovered AW through the NaNoWriMo forums, I have met and continue to meet some of the most amazing people. I've gushed about this before, but despite the flowery language I've used, I'm serious. Not only have I been able to connect with like minded writers, but I have also learned. A lot.
I came to Absolute Write with an unfinished book, and a vague understanding of querying and publishing. That was in May. It's ten months later and I know so much more about the industry. I know the pit falls, I know how to check to make sure that an agent is legitimate, I know that you can't just go sending out a manuscript to every publishing house. I know that there are genres, and sub genres and the publishing industry is both fluid and rigid. And I wouldn't have known any of this if I hadn't found Absolute Write, sat down, read and did research. The fact that I found an amazing critique group, is a plus. The fact that I've met women who I can talk to via Twitter and Facebook and instant messenger for hours is a plus.
But I did. And these friendships are important and wonderful. Because we look out for each other. We whine to each other. We celebrate and cry and reminisce and go through the crazy, emotional rollercoaster that is the ride to getting published together.
But you have to know. And you need a Trinity watching your back and ready to shoot up the place to make sure that you get out of the Matrix in one piece. So yes, some agents want to kill your literary works. But most agents are Neo's waiting to become the One just for you. And us? We're your Trinity's, watching your back in black leather, high heeled boots and sexy shades.