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March Madness, or That Time I Got an Agent

The long and the short of it is that I’m now represented by Danielle Chiotti at Upstart Crow.

I started March (well, January if I’m being honest) wanting to find one person who loved my little book about death row  as much as I did. What happened was two people loved it. I liked both agents a lot and had to make a tough choice. Saying no to someone sucks. There was happy crying and some shrieking when I got THE EMAIL from agent 1. There was panic and happy tears when I got THE CALL from agent 2. Then there was much ugly crying as I tried to figure out which agency would be the best fit.

I could have flipped a coin, but I hate gambling. I’ll leave that to my husband and the black jack tables on cruises ships. Instead I wrote out a list of pros and cons, talked to the agents, talked to their clients, read interviews and blog posts. I also asked numerous writing friends for advice, but they weren’t much of a help. They all told me to trust my gut. The problem was, my gut was too busy spazzing out to make any decisions. They told me to go with who I liked best. The problem was that both agents are AMAZEBALLS. So I went to the naked Korean spa in town and floated my way into a decision (*note, from now on I’m making all my decisions at the naked Korean spa).

In the end I went with the agency that also reps a writing friend. Also, besides sharing the same name, Danielle and I also had similar visions for my book and impending fame.

So March was a madcap month of revisions and offers of representation and choices. And I would do it all over again, though this time with less ugly crying.

And now that the contract’s been signed I can do this:

and this:

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WIP Playlist: Lethal

The best way for me to get back into a manuscript, particularly one I haven’t looked at in some time, is to listen to the playlist I made when I did the first draft. Fact: I don’t write well unless I have music. It keeps me from thinking about things unrelated to my WIP and it allows me to get into my character’s head. If I know what music my character listens to, I know who my character is. For me it’s that simple.

Each (main) character has a theme song. Or for any baseball fans out there, an “at bat” song (the song that plays every time a player steps up to the plate.) Even I have an “at bat” song (Red Hot Chili Pepper’s “Dani California”) that I play before a presentation or interview or when I need a boost in my confidence. It’s also my go-to song in Rock Band. When these character’s appear on the page, the “at bat” song that signals their arrival. Often I have to jump between manuscripts (because I can never just do one thing at a time), and while I don’t enjoy it, I can do it just by changing my playlist. Not all playlists have a diverse mix like Lethal does. In my first YA manuscript The Good Girl, I pretty much listened to Grand Hallway on repeat. For NaNoWriMo 2011 I pretty much only listened to country music, which is one of my least favorite genres, but it fit the story.

In Lethal I have two main characters: Jessica and Trey. Jessica’s theme song was easy. She’s a badass who tells it like it is, but she’s also fiercely loyal to Trey. For her I chose  Joan Jett’s “Bad Reputation.”

Trey was much harder, partially because he’s so complex. On the outside he appears to be a stereotypical baller and player, but underneath he’s actually a good guy who’s in love with his best friend (Jessica), who treats his granddad well, and who heard  his mom get shot to death when he was nine. After a lot of consideration, I chose Drake’s “Headlines.”

And with that, I give you my Lethal playlist

1. “Headlines”– Drake

2.  “Yeah“- Usher

3. “Paper Planes“- MIA

4. “Bad Reputation“- Joan Jett

5. “Forget You” Ceelo Green (Trey would listen to the unedited version)

6. “No One’s Gonna Love You”– Ceelo Green

7. “Burn“- Usher

8. ““- Band of Horses

9. “We Found Love”-Rihanna and Calvin Harris

10. “Someone That I Used to Know”– Goyte featuring Kimbra

11.”Pumped-up Kicks“- Foster the People

12. “How Do You Like Me Now?“- The Heavy

13. “5 o’Clock” T-Pain and Lily Allen

14. “Work Out” J. Cole

15. “Stereo Hearts“- Gym Class Heroes featuring Adam Levine

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