What happened after the call?
I drank this:
I opened my email and created an “intern” folder.
The Juicy Bits…
After I made the call, and after Tonya accepted the Promotions Manager and intern position, I breathed a sigh of relief. I now had someone to help me. Interns are invaluable, and even as I type this, I realize I can’t portray how much I appreciate Tonya’s assistance in navigating this business.
…and here’s why…
Yes, I read every single submission I receive. I realize interns are utilized differently throughout this business, but here’s a snippet of how I currently partner with mine.
If I immediately fall in love with the submission, I request a partial or a full.
If I don’t fall in love with the submission but it is strong or decent, I think about where it would fit on the “shelves.” I forward it to Tonya, and after she reads it, she gives me an analysis of the submission. From there, I’ll either contact the author or ask Tonya to contact the author.
If Tonya contacts the author, it will either result in a pass or a partial request. If it’s a partial request, she reads it first, and then I read it.
I immediately started plotting Tonya’s career with Nicole. Nicole is an amazing senior agent, and honestly, I don’t know how any new agents succeed without a mentor agent or a wonderful Agency founder like Mary Sue.
As soon as Nicole had time, we went to dinner and discussed revisions and new projects. We brainstormed promotional topics for our authors. We compared editors and interns and projects.
Then, Nicole said she would make “the call” and offer representation to Tonya.
And that’s my call story of how I went from intern to agent-with-an-intern.
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