Talk it Up

I started an online writing class through Media Bistro last week. It never hurts learn more about the craft of writing and most of their classes are taught by industry professionals. Mine is led by Kendra Levin, an editor at Viking.

Last night we had our first live chat session and Kendra told us about a recent acquisition. She was riding home on the subway and overheard another passenger telling a friend about her novel. Kendra walked up to the writer, introduced herself as an editor, and asked if she could have a look at the manuscript.

Now, if it was me, I would have been looking for the hidden cameras. I mean, stuff like that isn’t supposed to happen in real life, is it?

Well, the author’s agent sent the book to Kendra the next day. She read it that night and gave it to her publisher the following day. They made an offer the following week.

Seriously. It happened that fast.

So the two things I took away from this:

  1. Having an agent helps move the process along. Kendra specifically said that she read the manuscript more quickly because it came from a very highly regarded agency and she knew it would go out to a lot of high profile editors.
  2. It pays to talk about what you’re writing to whoever will listen! So talk it up! LOUDLY!

But that’s not all.

I signed up for this class back in October. At the time, Media Bistro was running some contest that I was unaware of. Over the Christmas break, I got an email telling me I had won. The prize arrived on Friday…

Can you stand it? Not only do I get to be in this fabulous class, THEY GAVE ME A FREAKING KINDLE!!!

Yeah, life is good 🙂

33 thoughts on “Talk it Up

  1. OMG! That is freaking awesome!!! Go to a class AND get a Kindle?! COOL!

    (Also: I so agree–having an agent really does speed the process up. It's like already knowing the combination to the lock, wihtout having to figure out how to break in.)

  2. COngrats! What I great prize! I almost signed up for classes at Medie Bistro as well; we could have been classmates! Let us know how you like it and maybe I'll get my act together for the next offering.

  3. OMG! That is the coolest story, Sherrie – on many levels. I guess we should all carry a copy of our manuscripts with us everywhere we go. Start looking for bigger handbags, ladies (except Shannon, since she has Roget)! 🙂

  4. Oh, my gosh! First, the whole subway/editor story–aah! That's so exciting! Then the free Kindle?! Yay! Congrats!

    I'm super lucky, too. I won a great book from a really cool blog called “Write About Now”! Hee! 🙂

  5. Beth: I like that analogy! Sometimes I do feel like I'm trying to break in!

    Rebecca: It is fun! But being a cheapskate I've only downloaded free books so far 😉

    Shelley: I think I'll do a post specifically about the class because so far it's pretty cool.

    Vivian: Nice sister! I'd love to compare notes 🙂

    PJ: Isn't that just crazy? A total Cinderella story!

    Tess: Lucky author, huh? Talk about being in the right place at the right time! I'm liking 2010 so far!

    Laura: Yeah, made me wish I had a subway nearby!

    Yat-Yee: One of my critique buddies is in a class with Jill Santopolo so it's been fun to compare notes.

    Glam: I will review the Kindle for sure!

    Shannon: Definitely TALK about your writing, but let your agent send it in. That's what worked for the author 🙂

    Dawn: I guess there's plenty of luck to go round!

  6. Okay. You just should not be allowed to win a freakin' awesome contest if you DON'T EVEN KNOW ABOUT IT!! But, I'll allow. Just this once 😉

    And WOW. Sure wish one of those freak-of-nature things would happen to me. *sigh*

    I can dream, right?

  7. Seriously? A Kindle? I'm so jealous! A lady from my critique group is also doing a Media Bistro class with Kendra. It looks really great. Can't wait to hear what you think.
    Hint: Hope you post about it!

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