Thursday Thoughts: Universal Place and Time

universeSometimes, publishing is all about luck–about being in the right place at the right time with the right story. Sometimes, publishing is all about hard work–about learning craft and markets and developing that indefinable something that catches fire with editors and/or readers. Sometimes, it’s a combination of all that. And more.

I was advised that if I could get a pitch appointment at Nationals, I should take it. I wasn’t sure given where my career is currently if that was good advice or not. Would I like to have an agent again? Yeah. There are books I’d like to write that a publisher might be interested in. Okay, I have books that a publisher is publishing, but there are other books–“bigger” books, if you will–that I’d like to get into the hands of a big publisher. While I love certain things about self-publishing, it’s HARD! I do it all. Without a break. Not whining, just stating the facts. Anyway…

I got an appointment with an agent I’d heard good things about. Then I panicked because…I didn’t have a book that I could pitch. I’d already released the first books in the two new series and my other series already has two book out and then there’s my Harlequin Desires and I just work with my editor on those. So I dreamed up a series, a plot, the characters, and even wrote a couple of scenes.

So, I met with the agent in a frenzied ten-minute pitch session. She said some things. I said some things back. She likes my idea, wants to see the complete manuscript. It’s on my radar/writing schedule. We’ll see if it turns out as good as I hope. I think it will because the characters–even the secondaries–are talking to me. But other books first.

This is going somewhere. I think. Here’s what the Universe had to say when I was looking for inspiration for today’s post:

The secret to always being in the right place, at the right time, Silver, is knowing you always are.

I love these moments we share…
The Universe
© ®

Silver, like today. Like now. Because you are and all is well.

I don’t often feel like I am in that place and time, but maybe I am. Maybe I’m right where I’m supposed to be in my career, with possibilities out there waiting for me. I like thinking that. That means break time is over. I have books to write.


About Silver James

I like walks on the wild side and coffee. Lots of coffee. Warning: My Muse runs with scissors. Author of two award-winning series--Moonstruck and The Penumbra Papers, Red Dirt Royalty (Harlequin Desire) & other books! Purveyor of magic, mystery, mayhem and romance. Lots and lots of romance.
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2 Responses to Thursday Thoughts: Universal Place and Time

  1. Interesting. I honestly don’t know what I’d do if I suddenly had the opportunity to get an agent. Right now, there’s still a bad taste in my mouth – such that yesterday when I got a LinkedIn request from an agent who’d rejected me years ago to let him add me to his network, I got my undies in a bunch. I think this requires more serious pondering.

    Yay for your agent thing working out to where they’d want to see more from you. Just slide that whole new book idea into an open slot on your schedule. (Yes, I am totally being silly there. I know you don’t have open slots.) Seriously, though, I know if you want it, you’ll find a way. You’re a rock star.

    Now go. Write. Be well. For me, it’s marketing stuff – updating jpgs to show Wish in One Hand, creating an ad, etc.

    • Silver James says:

      I preordered. 🙂 And I just pulled the trigger on sending RDR#3 in to my editor. Now I’m going to chew my nails worrying what he thinks. And take the afternoon off. Before I start RDR#4 tomorrow.

      I’d let the agent put me in his network. You never know and it never hurts to keep the door cracked. Just sayin’…

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