I get the same feeling for books, paintings…anything artistic. And it made me wonder, this morning, if this is the same feeling an agent needs to feel about a writer’s work before they agree to represent her. It’s the feeling I strive for in my writing, although it’s hard to be objective. The investment it takes to write a novel is more than can ever be described. The creation of a novel is wrought with self-doubt, emotional commitment, creative highs & lows, and time. And in the end, there’s a life within the pages, but does it have the “it” factor? And who does it have the “it” factor for, because not everyone will be struck by the work in the same way.
- If the work has “it” - Solicit feedback from readers, other writers, critique groups, etc. I use my husband as my first gauge of “it”, but is it enough? Not everyone will view the work the same, and how do you filter the true feedback from the candy-coated ones.
- Does the work need more revision?
- Finding the right fit in a literary agent, finding an agent that feels “it” in the novel and wants the world to feel the experience. Ensuring this agent backs the support with the hard work and perseverance required to sell this work to a publisher.