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A Foot in the Door

20 May

They tell you that going to church really does pay off, well in this case it was enrichment, but I think we’ll say it applies. I met a girl on Tuesday who I was chatting it up with and I told her I was a writer. She asked if I had a job and I told her not really, just some babysitting gigs. When she asked if I was looking I hesitated, thinking of all the possible low paying, boring positions she might have in mind, but then finally said, “Yeah, possibly, If it’s part time.”

She went on to tell me that she worked for a literary agency and was leaving her job to move back home and her position was open. She rattled off the name of some agency that sounded vaguely familiar, but nothing I could put my finger on and I agreed to send her my resume that night.

When I went home, I decided to do some research and find out why the name sounded so familiar. Janklow and Nesbit. There was hardly anything on the web, except that they were exclusive and probably the most well respected agency in the business. But as I kept searching I realized why I had heard the name..they had brokered nearly every one of my favorite books, most best sellers and had an exclusive, respected client list to die for, including many pulitzer prize winners. Their clients include: Jhumpa Lahiri, Edward P. Jones, Al Gore, Michael Chrichton, Anne Rice, Tom Wolfe, Gore Vidal, Danielle Steele and Hunter S. Thompson, just to name a few. They were even the agents for Jennifer Government by Max Barry…the book I talked about in my Serenala post, in which I’m totally immersed right now! That’s not even mentioning their film rights division. I was completely intrigued and scared to death.

But the next day, I was called in for an interview. Wow. I told the manager I was looking for part-time so I could focus on my writing and she said they were really looking for full-time, but she could appreciate that and maybe we could work something out.

So, yesterday, aka THE DAY FROM HELL (see next post) I stressed about what to wear and where I had put my notes for the interview and finally made it in for a pleasant, if cryptic interview. The lady was hard to read, but told me she would let me know if they decided they needed full time and give me the option of doing that if I felt I wanted. Is that a good sign??

When asked what I thought I was looking for salary wise I threw out a number, which was responded to with a yes much to quickly and I’m sure I should have asked for more now, but I’d be thrilled just to be there and learn about the business side of things.

So, in other words….WISH ME LUCK!!

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