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I don't have an agent. I never thought I needed one. Because I worked in publishing and have an MBA (yeah, yeah, business-savvy me....), I assumed I knew everything there was to know about negotiations and managing my own business as an author/contract-negotiator.

I am starting to think I am wrong. Which is why I'm starting to look for possible representation from an agent. I say possible, because this is probably the scariest and most intimidating processes ever. I have been researching agencies and polling writer friends and looking at recent deals and trying to figure out who might be a good fit for me. I have a few people on the list right now (okay, three) that are both 1) recommended and 2) fit my style, and that is probably not enough.

Because finding an agent who both likes me and believes in me as a writer will be interesting/challenging/impossible(?). One of my illustrator friends (quoting some author they know) said, "Pick well, because getting out of a bad agent relationship is harder than getting out of a bad marriage...with kids involved." Well - that's not really reassuring. Even still, I'm beginning the quest to find an agent who will help me take my career in the next direction. Who knows what will happen...but I know waiting to hear back from agents will be about as scary and intimidating as my first book sale. It's like I'm starting all over again!