I had written four books, queried for three years, and finally my fourth book was getting noticed by agents. However, even with fifteen full requests many of the agents were passing on representation. At that point, I knew I needed to do something different.
In addition to querying, I began building my social media presence and connecting with other authors.
One day, I realized my favorite best-selling author, Camille Pagan, was also an author coach. I had never heard of an author coach before, so I inquired.
In the middle of MOVING, Camille took the time to speak to me, and I knew right away I wanted to work with her.
The only goal I told her I wanted to achieve was to secure a literary agent. She said she could absolutely help me with that. What I didn’t know at the time was that Camille would offer services that I had no idea I needed.
I signed up for six sessions and spread them out over twelve weeks. This is what Camille provided:
- Non-judgment—an ear to listen to my frustrations and the ability to help me work through them.
- Safe space—confidentiality where I could be vulnerable and share my thoughts.
- Mindset—what thoughts was I thinking that were sabotaging my career goals?
- Guidance—posed questions to get me thinking about what I could do to reach my goal.
- Accountability—was I getting done what I said I would?
- Experience—an inside look at the publishing world to shed light on the whole process, including what to expect in contracts.
- Expertise—reviewing and offering edits on my query letter and the first ten pages.
- Strategy—what’s the best way to reach out to agents?
- Direction—asking me questions to keep me on track to reach my goal.
- Support—someone to celebrate the milestones with and who is ecstatic for me.
Within twelve weeks, I signed with my dream agent.
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