My first offer of representation — For Roxana

As if today wasn’t exciting enough with the news that journalist Roxana Saberi was released from prison in Iran, a literary agent contacted me, out of the blue.

Unfortunately, she didn’t want my book. She wanted Roxana’s.

(For those of you who don’t know already, I’ve been helping with the FreeRoxana campaign.)

Roxana hasn’t even written a book yet (although she was working on one about Iranian culture when she was arrested). Who knows if she plans to write about her experience in Evin prison. But if she does, she’s got a literary agent — probably many agents — waiting for her.

Of course, it’s easier to sell a book if you’re famous. But I think there’s another message in this: If you’ve got a fabulous idea, a super story to tell, you can create a book that will sell.

Roxana, your book had better not come out before mine. (Kidding! Kidding!)

10 Responses

  1. Wow….I didn’t know she was released (been out of the loop today). What wonderful news!


  2. I heard the great news about Roxana. You must be jumping for joy. While you had the agent’s attention, I hope you pumped her/him for info on getting yourself an agent. It never hurts to make a sale’s pitch.

    Alan Chin
    Writer, Island Song

  3. Good news about Roxanna. Hang in there – maybe the agent will be back or at least mention you to other agents representing your genre.

    Jane Kennedy Sutton

  4. Been thinking a lot about this. What about the women who aren’t high profile? Who speaks for them? There’s a lot of work left to be done. Kudos on your efforts. You are a woman after my own hear.

    I will be possibly out of service area for the next 12 days. I will check in as I am able.

  5. That’s heart – npt hear. Sheesh

  6. Great news for Roxana! Maybe now that you’ve got the agent’s attention….

    NA Sharpe

  7. I heard the news, too! Wonderful wonderful. I think a rising tide raises all boats, so they’re bound to notice you as well. Keep up the good work!

  8. What experience did you learn from dealing with this literary agent?

    In Quest of Theta Magic

  9. I hope you told this agent that she should also be seriously considering your book–I mean Roxana has some nice/exciting things to write about I’m sure. But, I mean, come on.

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