Writing is relatively new for me. I only found writing after the loss of my daughter. I actually started writing while she was in the hospital those sixteen days fighting for her life from what the E. coli did to her little body. But in the end it had wreaked too much havoc on her little body and she went home to be with Jesus on July 16, 2008. What I wrote were what I thought at the time as simple updates for family and friends to be able to stay as up to date with Mari’s condition as much as possible. I realized later that those very updates would be the notes I’d need to write a book about what happened so I could one day try to get it published.
That book has now been written and I’m on the final round of edits. Then starts the process of looking for a literary agent and/or publishing house. A literary agent, from what I’ve learned, is someone who is there for you and helps to sell your to a possible publisher. While they do take a certain percentage of what you make, know that they work hard for that percent. They help you to make your writing the best it can be. They help you to understand the publishing process. They help to negotiate contracts for you to help you get the best deal possible. They are in your corner.
For me, I already have a couple of agents that I think would be perfect to help me with Mari’s book as well as my fiction writing. I have put all of this in God’s hands because I know that the agent I ultimately sign with will be the one He has placed in my life. Now I just have to be patient and listen for His guidance for the direction I need to go.