“Get A Kickass Agent, Unless You’ve Self-Published Twenty NYT Bestsellers, You’re Going To Need Some Help”

Yitzi Weiner
Jul 3, 2018 · 11 min read
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5 insider Tips With Author Jackson D. TIlley

Get a kickass agent. Unless you’ve written and self-published twenty NYT bestsellers, you’re going to need some help. Find someone who understands you, who can keep you sane throughout the writing process, and who always operates with your best interest in mind. Your agent should be your friend, your confidant, and your reality check. Unless they check all three boxes, move on.

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  1. Be vulnerable. Your personality should jump off the page when someone reads it, and that can only be accomplished by a fearless commitment to represent the truth no matter how difficult it may seem.
  2. Find an amazing agent who shares your vision. But also find someone who isn’t afraid to tell you when you’re wrong, and who you trust to keep you on the right path.
  3. Learn to embrace rejection. It’s part of the process, and no great success ever came without struggle to get there. It’s not about being told no–it’s about what we do after that defines us.
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  1. Choose your circle early on, and choose them carefully. I sent an email to my high school english teacher, a person who retired from teaching to pursue her career in writing to ask for advice. We haven’t seen each other in years, and she wrote back a few minutes later with some of the most helpful advice I’ve ever received. “Take a few deep breaths…Dip into your drama queen, my love. You’ve got this”. That was all I needed to hit the ground running. We become the sum total of the people we surround ourselves with, and I’m lucky to have the greatest cheerleaders: my friends, my family, my colleagues, and my partner. Choose your circle, lean on them, watch with wonder.
  2. Get a kickass agent. Unless you’ve written and self-published twenty NYT bestsellers, you’re going to need some help. Find someone who understands you, who can keep you sane throughout the writing process, and who always operates with your best interest in mind. Your agent should be your friend, your confidant, and your reality check. Unless they check all three boxes, move on.
  3. Don’t be afraid to put yourself on the pages of your book. I read books that I find relatable, even if the the subject matter has absolutely nothing to do with my own life. It’s about universal experiences and the ways in which they unite us. If you’re feeling vulnerable, keep pushing forward.
  4. Find your process and stick to it. I rearranged our apartment five times before I found a suitable location for my desk (in front of a window, slight angle, comfy chair, and exactly three tchotchkes). It’s about being able to sit down in front of your screen and feel inspired rather than overwhelmed. Though I may write as part of my job, it’s never felt like work. For me, success looks like waking up every day, kissing my soon-to-be-husband, and feeling thrilled for what’s to come. Find a perfect spot for your desk, and everything else will fall into place.
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Yitzi Weiner

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A “Positive” Influencer, Founder & Editor of Authority Magazine, CEO of Thought Leader Incubator

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Yitzi Weiner

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A “Positive” Influencer, Founder & Editor of Authority Magazine, CEO of Thought Leader Incubator

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