Why Did a Major NY Literary Agent Agree to Represent an Unknown Author? – Michael J. Webb @mjwebbbooks

Why Did a Major NY Literary Agent Agree to Represent an Unknown Author?

A couple of years ago, I was finishing up my fifth novel, wondering if I would ever make it as a full-time writer, when I received an invite to a writer’s conference being held in Denver, CO and decided to attend.

Don Maass was doing a pre-conference seminar: Writing the Break-Out Novel.  I had no idea who he was, but the day-long seminar sounded interesting, so I signed up, along with over 500 other writers.  I’d brought the novel I was working on, Infernal Gates, and made furious notes for eight hours.  Whew!  That was the BEST money I’d ever spent toward polishing my craft.

At the opening dinner, I sat two tables away from Don and other guest speakers, wondering how I could get a few minutes of his very valuable time. Amazingly, after dinner, as the room emptied out, Don was sitting alone at the table, having coffee.  I didn’t need a prompt to go over and introduce myself.

(During the break I’d checked him out on the Internet and discovered that he was a well-known NY Literary Agent who divided his time between representing authors like James Scott Bell, writing, and teaching his seminar, Writing the Break-Out Novel.  He’d just published a new book entitled The Fire in Fiction, which I immediately ordered online.)

Now I was telling him about my vision for writing and asking lots of questions.  Turns out, he was interested in my take on Fallen Angels, also known as Nephilim.  I was more than a little shocked at that!  I pitched my storyline to him, and he told me to send him the synopsis and first chapter when it was finished.  I got his card, gave him mine, and we parted company.

Over the next two days I’d scheduled appoints with a total of seven agents and publishers, all Christian focused.  I met each of them for fifteen minutes and did my best to get them “hooked.” I’d done my homework, called in a few favors from other writers who knew some of the agents and publishers personally, and expected that I would not leave the conference without at least a couple of them asking for more of my novel.

Out of seven, five seemed very interested.  I was more encouraged than I had been in over a decade.  I returned home, sent out the requested information–and waited.  Something I had grown accustomed to over my long years in the writing “desert.”€

Three months later, I’d added another five rejections to the dozens I’d accumulated over the years, well on my way to a Ph.D. in Rejection.

Then, I remembered what Don Maass had offered.  Without much hope of success, I sent off my synopsis and the first chapter of Infernal Gates . Don really liked the novel, and seven months later, exactly one year to the day after we’d met and talked at that dinner table in Denver, I signed a contract with him.

Infernal Gates

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Genre – Christian Thriller, Fantasy, Adventure

Rating – PG-13

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