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10 Things I’ve Learned About Being a Lit Agent Intern for 10 Minutes…

Hi Everyone!!

I hope you are all doing well! It’s feelin’ like July out there!! I’m not complaining…

So. I got some amazing news tonight. After a conversation full of “No way’s?” and “I’m so excited’s,” I am now an intern for Awesome Agent, Louise Fury at L. Perkins Agency!! Our story is one of mutual loves (Divergent & deep dish pizza) and thanks to my friend, the uber cool, Brenda Drake, Ms. Fury and I connected and *poof* An Intern was born.

I sure hope I can live up to that picture over there.

I’m THRILLED to have this opportunity. I keep wondering if someone is playing a trick on me. *looks under the chair*

So after a lengthy, informative and downright awesome conversation with Ms. Fury, I learned a TON! And I’ll mention, that Giordanos’ Chicago deep dish pizza came into the conversation and one of us ordered it online and is having it delivered tomorrow! LOL. It’s not me, sadly. ‘Cause I had to look up how to spell it and it totally made me hungry for one. Also, I called it Ghirardelli (which in a strange coincidence I also had to google how to spell) on the phone with her. You know, the chocolates? Whoops. AND now I want chocolate.

Okay. So before I get too off topic – it’s been known to happen… HA.

10 things I’ve learned about being a lit agent intern for 10 minutes… 

1. Don’t let anyone tell you, you can’t gain something from social media. From meeting Brenda in 2010 to DM’ing with Ms. Fury, it all happened online.
2. Louise Fury knows her stuff.
3. Agents have just as hard of a time waiting as we do. Who knew? Makes sense if you think about it.
4. If an agent asks for your manuscript, send it as soon as possible. Agents may not have the same amount of time to read it as they did when they first asked. (Does that make sense? I had to read that sentence twice.)
5. Agents are people, like you and me. I felt SO comfortable talking to her. She is so nice and thoughtful.
6. She told me my writing will improve by reading for her. So, if you see writers’ work in workshops or blogs, like the After the Madness Workshop or Miss Snark’s First Victim Blog it may help YOU as much as them ;o)
7. Clients come first. But, every writer is important.
8. There are a lot of people paying someone to query for them??? WHY?
9. Certain things about your query will stand out. I remember titles more than the writing, but she remembers certain phrases and if someone has a unique of writing something.
10. There ARE people that will help you. There ARE people who want to see you succeed.

I’m seriously SQUEEING about this opportunity and I will share what I learn along the way! She’s actually encouraging me to, which is totally cool. I think this goes without saying, but I feel the need to say it. I won’t share any specifics about manuscripts. Or really anything about them. My posts will be about my journey into the world of interning and other stuff. I can’t wait!

What do you think? Anything you can add about how you feel about the industry? Have you interned before? I could probably add some more, but 10 and 10 had a nice ring to it ;o)

What’s coming up…

Staring Monday March we’ll be having some guests in our mosh pit! Two different writers each day next week (maybe longer) will share their work with us. I’ve been asked to critique their first 250 words and you can too! Awesome bloggers, Shelley WattersBrenda Drake & YAtopia are participating too! So check back on Monday to see what happens ;o)

Wow. That post was like a journey. Seriously, all the links and the googling of words I can’t spell. Whew! Are you as tired as I am? I know, I’m lame. People blog every day and have more links than me. It could have something to do with the American Idol in the background… Go Phillip Phillips & Colton!!

Have a great rest of the week. We’ll see you on Monday!

<3 Er
pic credit http://www.culpwrit.com/2012/02/16/intern-search-season-begins-early/ 

13 Responses to “10 Things I’ve Learned About Being a Lit Agent Intern for 10 Minutes…”

  1. Congrats sweetie! Louise couldn’t have picked a better super intern! <3 ya!!

  2. Congrats!! Shelley’s totally right! I’m so super proud of you!! And I’m really wanting that pizza now. Haha! <3 🙂

  3. Congrats!! Can’t wait to see your tips. <3

  4. What an awesome opportunity! How exciting 😀

    It especially made me squirm a little with excitement that agents can’t wait to receive manuscripts…if I read that right, hehe.

    Can’t wait to hear more about what you learn!

  5. Awww. thanks, you guys! LOL, I know that pizza sounds good, huh? <3

  6. Erica! Oh my gosh this is fantastic! I expect a FULL report tomorrow!

    <3 Melanie

  7. Steph says:

    YAY! Congrats! Also, Giordanos’ is some bomb pizza… yum…

  8. Congrats—that seems like such a fun job! And I bet you will learn a TON!

  9. Sounds awesome! I would love to be an intern (and eventually an agent). Congrats on your position!

  10. That’s so awesome. Congratulations. I’ve thought about becoming an agent, but I decided I don’t want to have to read everything. I want to read what I like and nothing else. Good luck though. It would be very interesting to see how the other side works.

  11. I am excited for you and looking forward to hearing what you learn from Ms. Fury and as an intern. I have met her too and speaking with her about books is like sitting down with your best friend and squealing and laughing about your favorite topics. Enjoy the experience

  12. That’s so cool, G! I can’t wait to meet her too ;o) Thanks!

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