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:
- 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.
- 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 🙂