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How I Got My Agent

It's been a little over two weeks since I signed my contract with the Knight Agency, and I wanted to take the time to go over how it all came to be. We actually didn't come together through the traditional cold query method where a writer sends out a query letter to a prospective agent with sample pages attached. If the agent is interested, they'll request a partial, which is usually the first 30-50 pages of the manuscript and sometimes a synopsis. After reading the partial, the agent will request a full, which is the entire manuscript. Well, we didn't exactly do that. Ours was a very rare but instant connection.

I participated in the last round of Pitch Madness, hosted by Brenda Drake. I was picked by Team Bowser's Castle, which was headed by the amazing Rebecca Coffindaffer and NYT bestselling author Marieke Nijkamp. Fun fact: THIS IS WHERE IT ENDS hit the NYT bestseller's list the week of Pitch Madness! Our team had a plethora of LGBTQ+ manuscripts. Yay, rig…

Gender Questioning- with Tons of Book References!

Still writing over here! When I started writing ZIRKUS, I wanted to have a character who was questioning their gender. I've had trans characters and characters who were questioning their sexuality, but not fully questioning their genders before. In order to do this, I needed to dig in, pull up my sleeves, and do my favorite thing--research!

I thought I’d share some of my favorite sources. I'm not going to post the scholarly articles because they're rather dry and, well, I was an ILL assistant for four years. So I know all about copyright violations. Sorry, not sorry.

Many people find themselves stepping back and questioning their assigned birth gender. Is this really right for me? Am I supposed to be in this body? Don't panic. Take a breath. First, your feelings are valid. They have worth--just like you. They deserve to be acknowledged. Don't push them away. Embrace your feelings at your own pace and try not to be overwhelmed by all of the information that's ou…

Gender Questioning- with Tons of Book References!

Still writing over here! When I started writing ZIRKUS, I wanted to have a character who was questioning their gender. I've had trans characters and characters who were questioning their sexuality, but not fully questioning their genders before. In order to do this, I needed to dig in, pull up my sleeves, and do my favorite thing--research!

I thought I’d share some of my favorite sources. I'm not going to post the scholarly articles because they're rather dry and, well, I was an ILL assistant for four years. So I know all about copyright violations. Sorry, not sorry.

Many people find themselves stepping back and questioning their assigned birth gender. Is this really right for me? Am I supposed to be in this body? Don't panic. Take a breath. First, your feelings are valid. They have worth--just like you. They deserve to be acknowledged. Don't push them away. Embrace your feelings at your own pace and try not to be overwhelmed by all of the information that's ou…