Recently, I came to an important decision about my future and my career. I’m going to find an agent and attempt to step up to the next level. For the first three years of this journey, I was uncertain about the quality of my work because of the old demons from graduate school; however, in the last year and a half, the feedback about both books has convinced me that I need professional representation. It may take some time to find the right person, but I’m going to start the process.
When I first stepped out as an independent, I did so because I needed to have an audience reading my work. I’m a firm believer that a book is not complete until it is read by a significant number of people, and since I was having no luck earning respect the traditional route, the Type A part of me took charge and got Brotherhood out there. Now that I’ve gotten my foot in the door and have built a fairly good reputation, I want to reach a broader audience. The message that friendships and relationships are greater than material possessions is one that needs to be delivered in our society, and there’s only so far I can go on my own.
Also, I know in my heart that I’ve only got a few more years of teaching left in me, and if I want to get out of the classroom and on with my writing career, I need to start seeing real income from the books in the next couple of years. So I’m looking for an agent, and I will keep looking until I find the right one who gets me as a writer and believes in me.