David Kazzie (RBSHoo on QT) has signed with agent Ann Rittenberg of Ann Rittenberg Literary Agency.
The Novel video got me some agent interest, and in particular, I started a dialogue with Ann Rittenberg. She began reading the blog and watching my other videos. Plus, we just really hit it off, and she had some great ideas about where my career could go. At the end of January, she offered to represent me and my career going forward. Ann is a lovely and very funny person, she believes in me as a writer, and she's such a well-respected agent -- I'm still stunned that this happened and couldn't be happier.
Second, I think my path to representation demonstrates the power of social media these days. Ten years ago -- maybe even 5 years ago -- this couldn't have happened. Word-of-mouth and technology are a strong combination. People are always looking for good content, wherever it is, and that means agents and editors are on the lookout for the creators of good content. Look at Justin Halpern and Shit My Dad Says. I read an interview Halpern gave -- his agent actually made first contact through Twitter, and now he's on the NY Times bestseller list (and deservedly so -- that book is hilarious). You just never know what might grab someone's attention (for the right or wrong reasons), so it's more important than ever to not only get stuff out there, but to make sure that it's your very best work.
Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, I also would like to say that I'm very grateful to each and every person who watched and shared my video. One day last December, someone out there shared the video with Ann, and it ended up changing the course of my career.