Wanted: Cold-Blooded, Ass-Kicking, Shark of an Agent
I'm a very goal-oriented person. My primary goal since I was 16 was to become a writer. I used to write the most flowery romance novels you've ever read - awful stuff. I wrote young adult, children's books, and erotic poetry (much of the poetry is posted here).
Then a few years ago, I realized I had an entire hard drive that told me I was a writer. My revised goal was to become a published author. I started with my first full-length novel "In the Service of Women".
I was rejected again and again by agents who didn't want to touch my "controversial, niche product". Why? Because 85% of the book involves sex between women. *GASP* Since I own several compilations geared toward the fem/fem demographic - I knew there were publishers who wanted what I wrote...but first I had to find an agent with some balls.
Three years ago, I landed an agent. They LOVED my book (though they said it was not their usual) and angels sang from the heavens. Two years went by without results - I couldn't get them to tell me who they'd submitted my work to. I wondered if they had the connections to place a book like mine. Just in case, I sent other work - it was never read and the silence continued.
Naturally, my patience ran out. We parted ways. I went back to submitting, working with my new book "The Barter System" which is a wide range of straight, bi-sexual, and menage sex (and I loved the plot).
Nothing. Nothing. Nothing.
I've decided I'm going to start fresh. Create a resume about who I am, what I write, a short anthology of the work I think would find an audience...and I'm going to kick ass until I get an agent with teeth. One who isn't going to cringe when they read the word "pussy" or "cock"; who isn't going to flip out when I write in graphic detail about men fucking men or women fucking women or a woman getting happily tied to the kitchen table to blow her irate husband.
My work isn't porn. I don't even write much paranormal. What I write about is REAL. Men and women who could live next door to you. Situations that could truly happen to any one of us. I love stories about vampires, special ops (which I've done), and different worlds. That is mostly what I read...because when I write, I want the reader to say, "Oh my God...that happened to me!" or "If I'd taken a chance, maybe that moment I let pass me by would have ended up like this."
Real. Raw. Happening every day behind closed doors to people you probably know. I'm voyeuristic like that.
Wish me luck!
Posted by Shayne McClendon