Hi folks! So just a quick note to say that I spent the whole weekend at the London Film & Comic Con – an intensely awesome event of true nerddom. After checking out the plethora of movie merchandise and healthy display of capitalism, I roamed around the signing booths. Here I bumped into the likes of Cersei Lannister, Hodor, George Romero, R2D2, Emperor Palpatine and even Lord Vader himself. Well, bumped into is a gross exaggeration. I more or less stalked them to get a decent photo since I’m too cheap to pay £70 for an autograph. In any case, my geeky heart skipped a few beats here.
Anyway, the main reason I was at the LFCC was the Young Adult Lit Convention going on at the same time. After waiting pretty much the whole day and realising it had started earlier than the allotted time – just my luck right? – I was essentially the last hopeful writer that the agents met. So no pressure right? But, persistent as I am, I steamed ahead and met with the agent, first chatting casually about the convention and then diving into the story of Snowsong.
It was essentially a very short chat meant to prepare authors for a potential pitch. So no, they didn’t end up walking away with our manuscript, which is a shame. I’m not going to divulge too much (in case said agent ever reads this) but we didn’t quite see eye to eye. While she gave me great advice and opinions about what she were looking for in a submission, I felt that the way I was presenting the story was receiving negative criticism. I know it is only the opinion of one agent, and I’m sure it was very insightful, coming from an industry professional, but I felt like I was being steamrolled.
I guess my main point is that it is hard to gauge what to take to heart and when to let go of other people’s opinions and believe in your work and ideas. I liken this experience to creative writing workshops : as a writer I think you need to be careful about adopting feedback to your creative work since it might cost you the originality. That said, I’m still keeping the criticism in mind for when Chase and I formally submit our book to agents in the UK and the US.
All in all, a slightly nerve wracking experience. But it was the first, quick plunge to try and get Snowsong published. This writing adventure continues! I’ll finish off by posting a pic of a genuine lightsaber battle. Jedi 1 – Sith 0!