Fine. I didn't really get an agent, but I did get this awesome letter of representation from my nine-year-old daughter Ava.
At dinner one night, she asked in all seriousness, “Why can’t I just look up some publishing houses on the Internet and tell them I’m your agent?”
—Um, she’s NINE.
Can any one of you imagine this powerhouse when she’s twenty? I can. And so can Agent Laurie McLean who got a kick out this letter when I emailed it to her. She said to have Ava call her when she’s ready to come to work for her, and you know what...Ava asked me if there were any good colleges in San Francisco, so she could work for Laurie and go to school. She’s the very definition of go-getter.
The kid’s got moxie.
She even painted herself a sign for her office, which tells me she’s an agent who isn’t afraid to get her hands dirty.
Hell, she may be my best shot.
Let’s take a look at the PRO’s.
1. She’s actually read the entire manuscript. That’s a start.
2. She asked if she could dress up as the main character for Halloween. She’s truly invested in the main character.
3. She young, tenacious and hungry for the win. I mean, if she shows this much enthusiasm at a Green Day concert, can you imagine what she’d do with negotiating royalties? No fear.
4. She isn’t afraid to put herself in front of the camera at publicity events.
5. She truly loves books. Ava won the award for the most pages read in her entire elementary school for the Read-A-Thon and received this sweet, monogrammed bag as her prize, which she’ll bring to future Book Expo’s.
6. Her letter was professional, courteous, and individualized. See the transcription below.
Dear Mrs. Brodsky,
I loved it. It’s the book for me. I wish to represent you.
I hope you say yes, even though I am very inexperienced.
Here's the CON’s:
1. She is inexperienced.
Well la-dee-dah. Aren’t we all. I can live with that. This is a changing industry in a volatile market. All I can say is shine up your query letters, folks, because this little go-getter is ready to take on some hot clients. I, for one, think we should get in at the ground level, don’t you?