I have a wonderful agent. Her name is Joanna Stampfel-Volpe. She is the bomb of all bombs. I know you are asking yourself what is so great about Jo?
Let me tell you.
My first nine books were sold without an agent. Now, that would make it seem like I knew what I was doing...but really, I was just pretty lucky. But persistent. There was a time when editors might send you a personal rejection, inviting you to send something else in if you'd like. So, I'd keep track of where I had sent which manuscript and try to match stories to editors, NEVER submitting simultaneously because that was frowned upon at the time. Again, I was lucky to find editors for some of my books.
But.It.Took.a. LOT.of.TIME. Response times were slow and research took a lot of time, too.
In the past fourteen months since I found her (and she is a find, my friends), Jo sold my book, negotiated my contract, offered numerous editorial comments on manuscripts, prepped items for submission, AND did TONS of things to help out with a book (which releases next week) that was sold long before I met her.
She has done ALL of this for more than a year and is only now seeing any kind of financial payment. Seriously.
The passion and dedication she shows blow me away. *I am so lucky!* (Seriously!! No payment until now!!)
And the best part is that because she looks out for me, I have more time to write!!! With working a full time job and all, it is lovely to know that there is someone in my corner, calling my publisher to make sure that books get to events on time, commenting on my work, negotiating with my best interests at heart...
Again, someone up above smiled on me the day Joanna Volpe stepped into my life.
What?? You're still here? You want to know where the next StoryQueen video is?
Okay, here it is...
But I need to say a few things first:
1. Yes, I read to dogs. (Mikey saw me put on the crown and cape and he came to sit and listen! And yes, that is him that you hear making strange growly noises.)
2. Mikey does not want to eat cats. (He loved little kitty. Wha???)
3. Yes, that is a toilet in the background. Sorry.
Seriously youtube? I look like Popeye recommending spinach.