Late December 2010 – The Christmas holidays for me proved to be a real roller coaster ride. The first Agent came back and said that he had enjoyed my novel and wished to represent me. I was to look out for an agreement in the post! Another dance around the lounge called for (luckily, the house was empty apart from my Labrador, Bollo, who looked at me as though I’d gone quite mad).
Then, towards the end of the Christmas holidays, the second Agent said he wanted to meet up to discuss the novel further. He was from a larger, London based Agency. I was on the horns of a dilemma.
Oh, don’t get me wrong – I wasn’t complaining. This was a dream for me. But to have a choice? I am just a wannabe novelist. What do I know about the workings of the publishing world?
Oh, I am not naive. I am aware that multiple submissions are acceptable. But multiple acceptances certainly are not. When you have signed, you are bound. But I hadn’t signed, or even received, an agreement. So, I swallowed my conscience and finally agreed to meet up with the second Agent.
I’ve always found London thrilling. I travelled down by train and across on the tube to their Kensington offices where I was made coffee and escorted into a room lined with bookcases showcasing their authors. Even the coffee table in the middle of the floor was glass topped, with novels by famous authors that they represent, peering out from beneath.
We discussed my manuscript; how they would help me edit it so that it was ready for submission to publishers, support me along the way. I signed with them the very next day.
Ever heard the phrase, ‘too good to be true?’…
Jane Isaac is very much a Newbie, she doesn’t even have a website yet (one day…) and with a day job, a family and a very demanding black Labrador, she squeezes her writing into every spare moment she gets. Join her on the rocky road from pen to publication – hopefully!