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Happy dance. We have covered a ton of material this October about how to snag an agent. Has the series been helpful? If it has, would you mind sharing Day 1 with your friends and other writers? I’m going to leave this series up for a bit, then it will all come down so that I can make it into an e-book.

Also, all of the phone consultations have been amazing! I will take phone consult reservations through this Sunday only. I’m booking them out through next Wednesday, and then they will be closed until next Spring. I love all the stories that you have shared, and simply listening to your questions helps me grow as an agent. It’s always nice to hear what potential writers are struggling to understand, and to hear the different pains of being a creative pursuing publication.

With all that said, many of you have been asking about my #MSWL. What an agent needs/wants is forever changing. At the moment, here’s what I’m looking for:

Romance. No erotica. Clean and sweet. Something I could sell to Hallmark if I wanted to.

Suspense & Mystery. I have zero mystery novels right now. Mystery, oh mystery, wherefore art thou mystery? If you are CBA, I would love the writing clone of the following: Travis Thrasher. Frank Peretti. Billy Coffey. Come on over clones. If you are ABA, I’ll take the more PG-13 version of Gillian Flynn. I love her books, just not her F words.

Non-fiction. I will look at any non-fiction with a few exceptions. I do not want any devotional or Bible study proposals if you are CBA. I am full memoir-wise at the moment, although after Christmas, I’ll be ready for more of those projects. I have room for one more chef/foodie. I love bloggers with strong communities. I would love some unique lifestyle books for either market. I’d love some strong leadership books/books from women entrepreneurs/creative leaders.

Also, I am working on a personal project about angels. I am specifically collecting stories about possible encounters with angels. If you have an angel story, would you email me at: jessieekirkland@gmail.com and put “Angel Project” in the subject line. If I think your story is a fit, then I’ll include it in my book.

One final question that I’ve been asked this month…

Can you please, please give us some sort of number guidelines concerning platform?

Sigh. The million dollar question, yes? I’ll tell you what I am personally striving for with my own platform:

  • 5,000 emails, 5,000 FB likes, 5,000 Instagram followers, 25,000 hits a month for this blog.

My blog is 2 months new. These are my current goals. Once I hit it, I’ll double the goal. Ultimately, I’ll probably start feeling pretty good when my blog traffic is sitting at 200,000 hits a month, and my Facebook page and Instagram followers pass 10,000. I think I’ll re-fill my sweet tea, down a cupcake, lay in my hammock, and read a good book. But, until then, it’s time to hustle.

Thanks for hanging out with me here. I hope that you will stick around and do real life with me too. After all, my dog is bad, my feet are still growing, and soon we will be house hunting again. You can’t miss those details, right? One more tip for you tomorrow, until then…

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This series is part of the #Write31Days challenge. To read all the posts in this series click here.

 

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