Kira Brady


Jul 12
2011
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When people ask me how my trip to NY was, I always say, “productive.” For an introvert, an event with 2,000 people is rarely “fun.” But it was definitely productive and I was glad I went. I wore my first sale ribbon, had lunch with my editor, met my agent for the first time, and generally shifted my thinking that last bit from “is this for real?” to “Yes, now the real work starts.”

On Wednesday New York Times Best selling author Madeline Hunter gave a very inspirational speech at the keynote luncheon for the 2011 Romance Writer’s of America conference in New York. I cannot for the life of me remember what she said at the moment–which is the problem with blogging two weeks after an event–but I remember feeling empowered to get writing and to embrace my new role as soon-to-be-published author. Ms. Hunter also gave an informative lecture with Sabrina Jefferies on the numbers (sell-through, print runs, and all that jazz) to PAN members.

I met my agent — Miriam Kriss of the Irene Goodman Agency — for the first time on Wednesday afternoon for tea at Tea & Sympathy, one of the highly reviewed tea places in New York. After our schedules for lunch didn’t pan out, I told her I simply LOVED afternoon tea. Nudge, nudge. Wink, wink. So she took me to this place. We had cream tea, which included scones, devonshire cream, and tea. I had English Breakfast. The teapots were very fun. Mine was shaped like a house (see photo).

 

When I got The CALL from Kensington in January, I quickly emailed a couple agents at the top of my list and Miriam responded. She took the weekend to read the manuscript and offered representation on Monday morning. We chatted on the phone. I am awkward on the phone. Fortunately, I asked about graphic novels, and Miriam launched into a history of comic books. I didn’t have to talk much. It was enlightening. ;) I signed with Miriam after talking to a couple clients and reading other clients’ blog posts. Everyone raves about her. Since then, we’ve talked on the *gulp* phone for a few minutes every two weeks. I was nervous about meeting her in person, but I had nothing to worry about. She was very personable. And there was TEA!

 

2 comments to “RWA11 Post #2: In Which I meet my Agent”

  1. Shelli Stevens
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      · July 12th, 2011 at 8:49 pm · Link

    Yay, Kira! So glad you had a productive time. And that tea shop looks awesome!



  2. Kira Brady
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      · July 12th, 2011 at 8:54 pm · Link

    It was so good I went back for full Afternoon Tea with my critique partner the next day. :) Tea at Alice’s Teacup was really good too. I’ve been craving their egg salad sandwich ever since.
    So good to see you again!