Tag, I'm it! Tara Lazar wrote a post about the importance of having writer friends. And then, well... she tagged me. Why? Because she and I have a particularly symbiotic relationship. We each give ourselves credit for at least one picture book sale that the other has made! (We think we have a decent shot of making that two each by the end of the year! :)
I have very few marketable skills (unless you happen to know of a position that pays for high Scrabble scores?)
But one thing I can do... I can spot a PB winner when I see one!
So, when Tara wrote The Monstore, I said, "Tara, this will sell. Time to get yourself an agent." I then gave her a referral to Ammi-Joan Paquette. Joan and I had been in an online critique together years ago before she was an agent at Erin Murphy Literary Agency. I had a sense of her style and taste and thought it would be a good fit. (though, honestly, I didn't think any agent would say no tot hat manuscript!)
Joan fell in love and quickly sold it to Aladdin,/Simon and Schuster.
Tara didn't really need my help The Monstore would have sold without me. But it sure is nice to have a friend's vote of confidence to get you through the lows of this industry.