Recently I did an online interview where I had to answer the question: What is the best part of being an agent? That was an easy one to answer: Making a talented writer’s dream come true.
Writers are huge dreamers. They dream up stories, forming tales from wisps of ideas, fragments of memories, touches of creativity. And their dreams for their future should be huge, too. Finishing that novel. Getting the right agent. Creating something an editor will feel passionate about. Seeing that novel published and set into someone’s hands. Touching a reader with their words. Perhaps even changing a reader’s life.
I’m so grateful to play a part in making those dreams happen.
At the start of this month, I was thrilled to meet my client Carmella Van Vleet in person. But really, I felt like I had met her the very first time I read her wonderful middle grade manuscript ELIZA BING IS (NOT) A BIG FAT QUITTER. The novel is about a girl with ADHD who must prove to others (and herself) that she can stick with something to the end. I found the author’s voice strong and funny and warm. I fell in love with this manuscript immediately, and connected with the writing. When Carmella and I spoke on the phone when I made “the call” to her, we connected right away, too.
So no surprise that she and I had a great time when we finally met up in New York. And for such a happy occasion. Her debut novel has been accepted for publication by Holiday House, and we got to meet the publishing staff. Carmella and I chatted with warm and welcoming Mary Cash, the editor-in-chief, and thoroughly enjoyed seeing everyone who works so hard to make Holiday House a high quality press. And everywhere, there were books. Shelves and shelves and shelves of glorious titles.
Shelves and shelves of dreams come true… Dream big, everyone. Make your own dreams happen. And congratulations, Carmella!