This fall, I'm going to teach a seminar on finding the literary agent who's best for you. I would love to hear how you found your literary agent, if you're still with the same agent. Was your manuscript rescued from a slush pile? Did you know someone who knew someone? Did you win a contest? Did you meet your agent at a writers conference?
Today, I stumbled across this interview with Sheri Reynolds from 1997, where she discusses the "business" of publishing.
"I learned it's not really about the quality of your work. I thought I was special as a writer, but this experience [being regarded as a mid-list author] made me feel devalued. I was happier before when I could pretend it was about art, but I know now that publishing is just another business. I was gullible before. Now I'm less gullible and more jaded. It's not a way I want to be."- SFGate, 1997, "Education of a Novelist/Anointed by Oprah, Sheri Reynolds got a crash course in the book business"