“Most new writers dream of getting a high-powered agent and editor, and as a new author I was no different. As an older writer, I’m a bit more skeptical.
I got my first agent fairly easily. After winning the Writers of the Future Contest and having the award ceremony atop the World Trade Center in 1986, I was approached by eight different publishers who asked to see my first novel proposal. I really didn’t know who to go with, so I did some research on agents and found one who had several big-name clients that I admired. I called her on the phone and introduced myself, but it turned out that she had heard about me from another writer and agreed to represent me on the spot. I faxed her my proposal for my first novel, and she sent it to several editors and within a two days we looked at offers from three publishers and had a deal….”