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Inside Scoop: Dish From a Literary Agent Intern – Dreaming… What is It Good For? Absolutely Everything

You’ve been reading my opinions, have seen my advice, and watched me run a contest. But I’ve never really gotten into the nitty-gritty of what I do with Linda, or why. Let’s remedy that now!

After graduating with my Bachelor’s in English and discovering that no, I couldn’t easily find a job (Surprise! Getting hired as an editorial assistant with no experience wasn’t happening!), I decided to go into a Master’s program that was focused on what I’ve always loved (which are books, in case that wasn’t clear).

At first, I was terrified I wasn’t doing the right thing and that I wouldn’t know what to do in order to pursue my dream. However, at school I found mentors, asked questions, and decided I was going to make it work because working in publishing is truly what I want to do. I took a lot of suggestions, joined some publishing associations, and as my first semester was coming to an end, I realized I had to start looking for an internship. So, I decided to talk about it with everyone, and I mean everyone (e.g. my hairdresser, the guy at the deli counter, every family member I have, my friend’s brother’s uncle). Because of that I found my internship with Linda. I was at a Women’s National Book Association meeting, discussing internships with a few women and Linda overheard and asked me to send her my resume. And that was that!

As Linda’s intern I get to do so many things that are teaching me about the publishing industry. I get to write for Linda’s blog; I’m learning to write reader’s reports and editorial letters; I’m understanding Google drive better and troubleshooting problems; I work on and organize Excel spreadsheets; I read queries and manuscripts and I listen to Linda pitching to editors on the phone. All of this has been an invaluable learning experience so far, and all because I put myself out there, kept going and didn’t give up on my dreams.

A lot of you might be thinking, “that’s all well and good, but writing is damn hard and finding representation is even harder!” This may be true, but the principles behind following your dreams don’t change much. With this in mind, I’ve put together some bits of advice I want to share with you.

Try not to be desperate. When you’re desperate you look, feel and sound sad and unwelcoming. It’s draining and not the way you want to start any kind of relationship with anyone.

Try to keep evolving. Say you are querying one way; maybe it’s time to switch up your pitch? Revamp your story? Try a different way to find representation?

If writing is your passion let it stay that way. Don’t take away from what you love to do with the hope of getting published. Getting published would be great of course, but not getting published can also just be a chance to improve your writing.

I believe that if you stay true to who you are, are open to failure, and always move toward your dreams, you won’t go wrong.

I’d love to hear your comments below with any tools you use to keep your dreams (writing or otherwise) in perspective.

Kim Photo BioKimberly Richardson is currently interning for Linda Epstein at The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency, while pursuing her Masters degree in Pace University’s Publishing Program. She also interns at the National Association of Professional Women. You can follow Kimberly on Twitter @kimberly_ann688.

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Inside Scoop: Dish From a Literary Agent Intern… 5 Sites to Help You Write!

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Sometimes we need to get by with a little help from our friends; and sometimes our friends are bloggers, online publications, websites or just the internet in general. There is always something on the internet that can help you with whatever it is you need. Want to repurpose an old sock? *BAM* Google just found you 259,000 possible ways to do that. The purpose of my post this month (sorry to the fun-loving sock lovers) is to share some blogs and sites that may be helpful to writers. Here are 5 websites I found to be all around good, useful sites.

  1. Stacked – This blog caters to writers who are more interested in what is going on in the literary world. They not only review books themselves, but they also round up other reviews and overviews. You can send them your manuscript for review (no ebooks), which they will choose to post at their discretion. For a writer looking for feedback it never hurts to give it a shot.
  2. Authonomy – This site is run by HarperCollins and I think it’s a really great way to bring writers and readers together in a forum that is rewarding for all. It allows writers to upload a manuscript for others to read and get feedback on. It also gives you the chance to be featured on their homepage, based on how many views your manuscript might get. You can also get the chance to be published by HarperCollins if your manuscript does really well on the boards. The feedback and community that is built within the site allows for growth and connections for an aspiring writer.
  3.  The Write Life  – This site is a jack-of-all-trades. Not only do they write helpful articles on how to improve your writing, but they also can connect you with freelance writing positions, self-publishing and publishing opportunities, where to find critique partners for your work, and so much more.
  4. Wattpad – On this site, readers and writers come together in a community to share their work. Like Authonomy, if your story does well on the boards, there’s a chance it will be featured on the site. It seems to connect writers to readers more than anything else though. If you are looking for a place to just share your work and aren’t looking for major critiques and feedback, this site seems good. It looks especially good for people who want to get their creativity out there in an open forum. It can also probably help in building a following as an author.
  5. Worthy of Publishing – This site is a little more straightforward than the other sites. It’s not filled with some of the other amenities the sites listed above have. You just post to the site for feedback, get rated, and possibly get picked up by a publisher. That’s all. It is a forum for people who are looking for feedback or for those who feel they are “worthy” to get published.

I know it can be difficult and defeating sometimes but I think getting more connected, continually reaching out to different forums and communities, and allowing yourself to be open to critique can help you on your journey. Send me some of your favorite writing sites in the comments below!

Kim Photo BioKimberly Richardson is currently interning for Linda Epstein at The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency, while pursuing her Masters degree in Pace University’s Publishing Program. She also interns at the National Association of Professional Women. You can follow Kimberly on Twitter @kimberly_ann688.

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Fare thee well, 2014!

imgres2014 will be relegated to memory this week, and I for one won’t be sorry to see it go. As with many memories, I’m going to choose to look at the positive, glass half full, and all that. But no kidding, 2014 was a bit challenging over here in Linda-land. I’d like to try to wrap up this year standing in a place of gratitude, love and acknowledgment though.

But first, I’d really like to know who you are. Yes, YOU! I’ve been blogging for three years, blabbing about myself and writing and agenting and querying and all that. Who’s out there, reading this? If you’d be so kind, let me know who you are in the comments below. It can be something short and sweet like, “I’m a writer,” or “I’m your cousin,” or “We went to Junior High together.” I’d just really appreciate knowing who you are. (Yes, YOU!)

But back to auld lang syne-ing… I never know where to begin or end when speaking about the things for which I’m grateful, the people I love, or whom I’d like to acknowledge. Of course, there’s my family, and there truly are no words that could express, with even the lightest feather brush of a touch, my love for them. I am a very lucky woman to not only have been born into a family of (wacky yet) amazing people, but also to have married into a family of (crazy yet) awesome folks, and then alchemically created a family of (ridiculous yet) breathtaking gorgeousness. See? I don’t truly have the words. I may have used up my quota of superlatives and adjectives in this paragraph alone though, and I haven’t even gotten to my friends, clients, and business associates.

Image by Keith Haring

Image by Keith Haring

I think I’m pretty good at acknowledging my friends all through the year, but I’ll take just a tiny moment here to remind a few of them how brave and inspiring they are. To my friend who can run, and my friend who graduated, to my friend who is ending something, and my friend who’s dancing in the music: you are my heroes.

writingI pride myself on staying in communication with my clients, but let me say publicly that I look forward to another year of working with you. I can’t wait to be able to announce some of the year end deals we’ve been working on! I can’t wait until publishing wakes back up in January so I can hit the pavement running with the terrific manuscripts you’ve sent me! Please, hit me up with more! To those clients with whom I’ve parted ways this past year, know that I do wish you the best of success with your writing and I sincerely hope you’ll stay in touch.

Jennifer, and my colleagues at The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency, I’d like to say thanks for being the terrific bunch of nutters you all are! It wouldn’t be the same working in this industry without you all. No, really.

Now, there are my editor friends… And you know who you are! You’re the one who always sounds happy it’s me when I call. You’re the one who recognizes the weird thing that pops up on the caller ID from my cell phone. You’re the one who I’ve had drinks with. You’reimgres-1 the ones who’ve been to my Writing Yoga Retreat (or the ones who were so sad they couldn’t make it!). You’re the ones who are as eager as I am to find a project together, and the ones who are glad that we have one. You’re the one who I would buy presents for (if I didn’t think it was unethical) and that one who I met at that conference (where we had such a good time). You’re the one who didn’t get back to me on that submission (I forgive you, but please get back to me, ok?!) and we’re still buddies. To all of my editor friends, you make being in this business so much fun. Let’s do lunch or have a drink, ok?! 😉

I’m looking forward to doing more blogging in 2015, and I’ll be continuing the monthly Quick Questions interviews with editors and Inside Scoop: Dish from a Literary Agent Intern posts. Until next week and year then… Fare thee well, 2014!

Remember my request from paragraph 2? Tell me who you are, even if you think I already know that you read my blog. Thanks and peace out.

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