by Shelt Garner
This novel — or more specifically novels — is the biggest creative project I’ve done in my life other than ROKon Magazine. Which, of course, was the point. Because of the Trump Era I was full of rage and had something to say and, as such, had the energy necessary to do the hard work of developing and writing a novel.
While it’s still some time away, I usually think a few steps ahead with these novels and, thus, I find myself pondering finding a literary agent. I feel pretty confident that all things being equal I’ve come up with a pretty interesting two novels that by the end of the process will be fairly well written.
And, yet, all of this is happening in a vacuum and I’m still very much in the delusional phase of writing this novel. That’s why attempting to secure a literary agent will be the moment when I will face reality at last.
There are so very few slots open for unpublished, untested writers like me that I have to be prepared to simply self-publish. A lot of getting published and being a success boils down to luck. You just can’t predict if you’re going to hit the zeitgeist at just the right angle that you not only get a literary agent but get published and have any form of success.
But I still have a ways to go before I reach the point when I try to get a literary agent. Yet I do have a feeling that when I do get to that point people will be thinking about presidential politics again and I might find the “luck” I need to become successful.