Want to hear a great way to light a fire under your arse? Get an early morning tip off from a friend that someone else is working on THE EXACT SAME PROJECT THAT YOU ARE!!!!! And by someone, I mean a certain website where I discussed my book and found volunteers to help me out with it. I'm sure that this is merely a coincidence of course and that they're not a bunch of GREAT BIG IDEA STEALERS!!!
Either way, it definitely got me moving and had me looking up agents quick haste. It was while looking up said agents that I came across this article in the Irish Independent in which one of the country's few literary agents explains that, 'recommendation has become increasingly important nowadays. "We have a lot of personal recommendation, word of mouth, or established, but unagented, authors approaching us." '
Hear that splushing sound?
That was my heart hitting the floor.
I know nobody.
I have no connections.
what's worse is that I'm (gasp!) not even Irish.
So how is an unconnected, transplanted Canadian supposed to get a foot in the door of the Irish publishing world?
Buy a pair of reeeeeeeeeeallllllyyyy long shoes :)