Behind the Scenes: 2W2K Literary Agent

For many writers, landing a literary agent is a major step along the path to becoming a published author. I was lucky enough to get the attention of the fabulous Lauren Abramo of the Dystel & Goderich literary agency with my manuscript… a contemporary romantic comedy.

You’d be right to imagine that I was more than a little nervous when I followed that up by emailing her my next manuscript: a dark Gothic historical! Would she still be interested? Would she even like the story? Was my genre bait-and-switch going to ruin everything I’d worked so hard toward? Ohhh, the angst!!! (Believe me, I lost plenty of sleep over this.)

As it turns out… well, I’ll let her tell you herself! I emailed her earlier this week and asked her what her initial reaction was to Too Wicked To Kiss. This is what she had to say:

I was already a huge fan of Erica as a writer when she sent me the manuscript, but I wasn’t sure what to expect because Too Wicked to Kiss was so completely different from what else I’d read of hers. I was really floored by how easily she had transitioned to a totally different tone and voice for this book. I knew for sure I could sell it when, for the second day in a row, I walked home in the rain from one subway stop past my own, having been so engrossed in reading that I hadn’t realized I was home. The only part of it that bothered me was that the longer walk meant a longer wait to get back to reading. If it hadn’t been raining, I’m pretty sure I’d have been reading on the way!

I told you she was fabulous!! Very Happy I truly believe that a writer’s literary agent has to be the author’s number one fan, to love what she writes, to really believe in each story being told and in the author herself. And I am so, so lucky to have found that and more in Lauren!!

How about you? What have you read recently that made you forget (willfully or otherwise, hehe) the laundry, the dishes, the bus stop, the spaghetti water boiling over on the stove… Please share your story!

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Erica Ridley