I'm going to what the Maine Writer's and Publishers Alliance calls a "Speed Dating" session with four agents February 2. The MWPA is hosting about a dozen agents from Maine, Boston and New York, and authors wishing to attend get to sit with four of them for a 7-minute session to pitch their work. There's no guarantee any one of them will consider me, but I feel that a face-to-face meeting will be beneficial for me to land one of these elusive creatures.
Now, mind you, most of these agents have already received one or two of my queries in the past, and all have turned me down for whatever reason. This is my chance to change that, so I'm polishing my pitch to a high sheen. I'm going in armed with chapters, manuscripts, synopses, books, and a smiling professional demeanor. Keep your fingers crossed for me!
On the book front, Double Vision has been sent to the publisher and is set for a release date in April. I consider this my best writing to date. I think I've got the hang of it now. I've found a certain rhythm and style, and feel comfortable about it.
Is there another book started, you might ask? Why, yes there is! It's way too early to tell you anything about it, except that it's another historical fiction. As with all my stories, finding the character's place, age, circumstances, feelings, and so on, takes time. Plus, since it's historical, I've got lots of research to do. I'll keep you posted as time goes on.