While at the Oregon Christian Writer’s conference a few weeks ago, I did something totally insane and crazy. (Actually, I did several insane, crazy things, but one in particular will be taking over this blog post).
Abi and I totally pressured each other into pitching to agents. We told each other that it would be great practice. We would expect absolutely nothing. It was more of a nerve-buster thing–should we ever want to actually pitch for real in the future, we would have had experience. We would regret it later if we didn’t do it.
We told each other these things. (over and over and over XD ). Abi stayed up late with me and helped me prepare a pitch.
(Really late. We were sooooo giggly by the time we finally rolled into bed. XD )
And we did it. She went before me (a whole day before me *grins*), so she was able to tell me to calm down. Chill out. Agents are humans, too.
I pitched a book. To a real agent.
Not just to any agent, though. To Jim Hart, of Hartline Literary Agency. (Random amazing fact: he’s Sara Ella’s agent.) This was kind of a big deal. *lowkey screams*
After the time-keeper bell rang, I marched myself into the “writing room” of the conference and found Mr. Hart’s table. I introduced myself, and he asked me a few basic questions. Not scary. ;) After just a few minutes, my heart rate returned to normal.
I don’t know how the appointment actually went. I’d never done it before, so I had absolutely no idea what to expect or what the norm was for these things. Whatever the case may be, I thoroughly enjoyed my conversation with Mr. Hart.
To say the least, I was shocked when Mr. Hart said he was interested. He asked for a proposal and the first three chapters. He said he would seriously consider taking me on.
When the appointment was over, I walked out of the room in a daze. Scratching my head. For all I know, he could say that to everybody. Even so, I was super, amazingly, unbelievably excited. This little nobody, indie-published novice was absolutely floating on a cloud of wonder and disbelief. He was actually interested in my story!!!
The more I thought about it, however the more I questioned myself. The plan I thought I had. The way things have been going as of late.
I’m a very content indie-author. I wasn’t looking for a traditional publishing deal. I didn’t go to the conference with the intention of talking to an agent. It wasn’t my idea.
Yet it seems like God has dropped this opportunity in my lap and said “here, you get to pick.” And I do. I get to pick between becoming a hybrid author, or sticking with indie.
(And yes, I’m very aware that nothing could come of this. I could send the proposal and be rejected. But the whole situation got me thinking. :-) )
The hardest part about this opportunity? There is no right or wrong answer. There’s not even a “good” and a “great” here. It’s just “amazing” and “amazing.” Both traditional and indie publishing are fantastic options.
After so much prayer, seeking the council of friends and family, and a whole lot of excited squealing, I’ve decided to go ahead and send a proposal to Mr. Hart.
Maybe nothing will come of it. And that’s OKAY. I didn’t go into the appointment with the hope of an offer, so all of this is just for fun. Do I hope to be offered a contract? Kind of. Part of me is scared to venture into an entirely different type of publishing. I’m very, very happy right where I am at the moment.
The adventure-loving side of me is super excited to see what God does with this. The practical, logical side is trying to weigh all the pros and cons.
Most of all, I’m crazy excited to see what God is going to do. Maybe nothing will come out of this particular appointment, but it’s not hard to see all the things He’s doing in my life. I can’t wait to see where this next bend in the road puts me.
Be sure to check out Abi’s Post about her awesome and amazing experience with pitching!