How did you get your agent?
Regular old querying – I am a slush pile success story. Also, I took a Writers Digest webinar that my agent was teaching (after she requested my manuscript), and that really opened up the door for our communication. If you can’t make it to actual conferences, I suggest going the online route!
The full story on how I got my agent can be read HERE.
When did you know you wanted to be a writer?
Writing is something I’ve always done for pleasure, but I started thinking about publishing seriously around 2009/2010. Prior to that I never thought of making it a career, which is crazy to think now :)
What’s your book about?
Ah. This is the question I get asked the most. Currently, my novel is on submission with editors/publishers and I’m keeping the premise quiet. But once I can share the blurb with you, I will. Pinky swear.
Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?
NEVER GIVE UP. EVER. Read as much as you breathe, and write every single day. If your first project doesn’t work out, keep writing. Every book you write will be a learning experience and a stepping stone. I wrote five books before I signed with my agent. Persistence and hard work are the keys to making it in publishing.
What’s your twitter handle?
It’s @KerriManiscalco and if you follow me, I’ll totally hug you through my laptop screen for AT LEAST ten minutes. Maybe more.
Will you be my friend on GoodReads?
Heck yes! Here’s where you can find me on GoodReads: Clicky click here.
You talk about Absolute Write and Query Tracker, which forums did you use specifically?
Since I write YA those are the forums I frequented the most during my search for representation. (Who am I kidding? I STILL frequent some of those boards.) There’s not one place I suggest over another. Check those sites out and find what forums work best for you.
My question wasn’t answered, how can I contact you?
Fear not! You can contact me at:
Kerri [dot] Writes [at] gmail [dot] com