Thursday, August 7, 2014

August is here and it started with Kevin James Breaux talking to his literary agent on the phone!

July… yeah. Glad that’s over. This July was one of the most annoying months of my life. And changed my opinion about the month itself. That’s right, July, I’m talking about you. We’re done. Buh-bye!

Now THIS… this is August. August and I are getting to know each other better and becoming fast friends. How? Why? Well, let me just say this… 

Monday, I spoke with my agent, Marisa Corvisiero on the phone. 

BOOM! (Boom is the masculine gender version of “squee”)

I’ve been waiting since sending my first snail mail query in 1998 to get to talk to “my” agent on the phone. I’ve sent hundreds of queries every year since 2007, and had so many partial and full requests, but I never found the one… So much hard work. So many sacrifices. So little reward. But this is my passion. This is why I am here—to be creative.

So, you wanna hear something funny? Monday, yeah, well, I have not been that nervous to call a girl on the phone since I was in high school. Seriously, you’d think I never talked to women on the phone before. I was starting to panic before I called, but as soon as I heard her voice I relaxed, and guess what? We communicated perfectly, like two old buddies. It was so easy to talk to her. Easy and fun!

The truly great thing was, I got a feeling, very early on in our conversation, that she and I have many similarities. I agreed with everything she was saying, not because I thought I should, or wanted to impress her, because I actually truly agreed. I bet if Marisa was to explain her business models to me, it would sound the same as me explaining mine to her. But hers would probably resonate a better education. :)

One of the first things she said to me was how much she loved my work. She said she loved my tone, voice, syntax, and personality. I was shocked. I hope I said thank you. I’m pretty sure I said I appreciated her comments. It’s not often you hear such high praise from an industry pro, and as an artist/author sometimes you feel like all your work is not paying off. Monday, I felt heard. I felt seen. I felt accepted. And yes… Acceptance Is Amazing.

Marisa even told me that my sense of humor came out in my writing, which was great to hear, as I often wondered that.  Phew. I’m so glad I’m not the only one who thinks I’m funny. :)

As an author, you always read about how you want to find an agent who loves your work. When I did not have an agent, I had one perception of that statement. Now that I have an agent, I have a whole new perspective and understanding of what that means. Knowing my agent is excited by my work makes me very happy and very confident it will find a good home. Regardless of feeling like I had won the lottery for the second time in a row, I kept my cool. I did my best to remain honored and humble. I did not want to lose myself in the compliments, there was still much to learn.
So, my first question to her was this, “What should I be doing while she is doing her end of the work? How can I help the process?” Her answer, again, kinda rocked my world. Marisa told me that I was already doing exactly what she would suggest, and I was doing it well. She commended me on my social media skills, another part of my writing career that I had often thought I was doing well, but wondered how an agent would grade me. Apparently, I score very well. :)

The call took a great weight off my shoulders. I want to be a good teammate, actually, I want to be an essential part of the team. I want to carry my weight and the weight of others. I want to succeed and I want to make sure the other people on my team do as well. So hearing that I was good with social media, made me happy. I have a good sense of balance with things and now I know I can keep moving forward as is, and continue to help others on my way. 
By this point in our conversation, I was not thinking about how I was talking to my agent, or how I have wanted an agent for so long in my career(my life) and that I finally had one. I was focusing on what she was saying and processing it all. I was hearing the voice of a professional who was just as excited about talking to me, as I was excited about talking to them. I was hearing the voice of a friend, someone who felt the same way about the toughness of the industry as I did. I was hearing the voice of my future, and I could finally see it start to take shape.  

I was energized.

And then this happened after the call! :)  (notice the Breaux support. Nice!)

Marisa was very kind. She offered me insights, suggestions, and aid with my future projects with such a degree of sincerity that I was blown away. When you think of it, agents are totally swamped with work. I mean they have 100 hours of work to fit into a 40 hour week, and often have full-time jobs in addition to their work as agents. Not to mention families and friends. So how do they do it all? A good agent has dedication, and loves his/her work. I could tell Marisa was that kind of person from following her on social media, but after talking to her on the phone, I get the feeling she is some sort of Time Lord-Wonder Woman. She loves her job/jobs. She loves her family. She loves books… and she loves her clients. And she gets to them all.

I wish I was that amazing.

I am a doer. I want to work hard. As we talked, Marisa gave me homework, some things she wanted from me for her pitches and her website. Also more stuff for her to read. :)  You better believe I was right on top of all that.  Put me in coach, I’m ready to play? Well, for me, I’m more like the revving engine of a sports car, sitting at a red light. I’m ready. Give me a green light and I will go—I will show you high performance.

Vroom. Vroom.

So where do I stand with my projects? I have books ready to be published and an agent who is ready to start pitching them. She loves my work and, dare I say, she loves me. So, you better believe I’m gonna work hard to make her proud. I know this is going to be a great team up for a long time and that we are going to see much success together.

This is #TeamCorvisiero 

Thank you, Marisa. 
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Kevin James Breaux

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