Thursday, August 28, 2014

Kevin James Breaux is in the Top 20 at Publishers Marketplace



What an Amazing August!


I started off August with a phone call to my agent, Marisa Corvisiero. That was one of the most amazing moments in my writing career. But something else was happening that day and week... I was climbing the ranks of Publishers Marketplace’s Top 20 Writers. The day I spoke with her I was in 19th place. By the end of that week, I had jumped to 14th and then 7th. Holy smokes, I breached the top 10. :)

Below are some screenshots. Feel free to click them. The proof is in the pudding, as they say. :)

#19

#9


This is not the first time I've been on the list. It normally occurs around the time of a book release or other news. This time, although REALLY glad, I was a little confused with how or why it was happening. The highest I'd ever reached before was 6th place. I was sure I was not going to top that record.

Here is my profile: 




So for a week I bounced around. Then the next week, August 11-17, I checked, and I was still on the list. What? Wow! I started off the week in 7th place and dropped and then moved back up again.  I was super excited and so was my agent. 

#1


When August 18th came, I randomly checked the top 20 list, fully expecting I was no longer there. And guess what. I was 4th place, then 2nd, then I hit 1st place! 


Craziness!


All in one day, I shot to the top and help first place.  I could not believe it. What an honor. My agent was thrilled. My wife was excited. My parents were shocked. During the week of August 18-24, I was in 1st place three days. Top 5 all week. I managed to knock people who have been in that top placed for months down. I’m sorry. But I did. 
Screenshots on my phone are more clear. But don't show the whole web page.





I was pumped. Still am. How pumped?

Play my theme music! 

Wait, what is my theme music? Is it something like Hulk Hogan's theme music? Always! But not in this case. :) Maybe the Duck Tales Cartoon Theme? Sometimes. Sure. I mean LIFE is like a Hurricane. No denying that. :)

But right now? Right now, I think it might be this, Knights of Badassdom - Your Heart Sucks My Soul.  Or maybe just this... since this is always in my head, Streets of Rage 2 SOR Super mix. (What? Don't judge. I am a lifelong gamer.)  :)
 
8/23/2014 and still #1. Honored.

So anyway, three straight weeks passed with me in the top 20. Which is simply amazing, considering the other people in that top 20 are HUGE stars, best-sellers, and people in the media. 


I have to admit, when August 25th hit and I check the list… yeah, I kinda expected to be there and my name was gone. LOL.

Most of this last week of August, I have been off the list, but I did return today: 13th place. Take a look. Maybe I'm up or down a few spots. 



So what does it really mean to be on this top 20 list? Well, it means people in the industry are searching my name on the site and viewing my profile. (seen here.)  It means people are interested and THAT makes me very happy.

So if you're reading this and have looked up or viewed my profile in the last couple weeks, I appreciate the support and thank you.  As you know, my agent is preparing to pitch one of my books to some publishers... so getting all this attention on a well-known and popular industry website is very helpful.


Thanks again!

Write Makes Might!


Kevin James Breaux



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 
And… WRITE MAKES MIGHT!


Thank you, Marisa. 
Visit her site here: http://www.corvisieroagency.com/


Kevin James Breaux
www.kevinbreaux.com