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 canโ€™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 Iโ€™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 :)

Whatโ€™s your book about?

Ah. This is the question I get asked the most. Currently, my novel is on submission with editors/publishers and Iโ€™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 doesnโ€™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.

Whatโ€™s your twitter handle?

Itโ€™s @KerriManiscalco and if you follow me, Iโ€™ll totally hug you through my laptop screen for AT LEAST ten minutes. Maybe more.

Will you be my friend on GoodReads?

Heck yes! Hereโ€™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.) Thereโ€™s not one place I suggest over another. Check those sites out and find what forums work best for you.

My question wasnโ€™t answered, how can I contact you?

Fear not! You can contact me at:

Kerri [dot] Writes [at] gmail [dot] com

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