An Important Announcement

Hey guys and gals, I have kind of a major change in my life to share with you today. This was my last week as a junior literary agent with Metamorphosis Literary Agency. Since I have mentioned on my website previously about this journey, I felt like this was something I needed to share here as well, now that it’s come to an end.

Nineteen months is a short time to dip into the publishing industry, but long enough for me to determine that I underestimated the challenges agents face, and my ability to cope and to adjust to them. It has been a struggle. After prayer and discernment, and looking towards the future, I have come to the conclusion that this is the best decision I can make.

If you have been following me here or on social media and were interested in representation, I can wholeheartedly recommend the nice folks at Metamorphosis to you for your consideration, but I will not be pursuing a solo agenting career or looking for another agency to join for the foreseeable future.

Since I cannot reach out to all of you personally, I wanted to say (here at least) that I am immensely grateful to everyone who supported me in this opportunity, beginning with Meghan Pinson, who I met at a writer’s conference in 2018 and mentioned that Metamorphosis was looking for interns; to Patty, Amy, and all of the other amazing agents at Metamorphosis who embraced me, believed in my potential as an agent, and taught me about the publishing industry; and to Stephanie Hansen, our fearless leader, for giving me the chance in the first place.

I’d also like to express gratitude to every author who ever queried or pitched to me for the honor of getting to know more about you and your projects; to the remarkable editors at countless publishers I’ve queried (I have so much respect for the hard work you do!); to the event organizers who opened up their doors to invite a new agent in; to anyone I may have inadvertently overlooked, and lastly, to all of the clients that I represented on behalf of Metamorphosis. Thank you.

This website and blog is still going to be a space where I talk about faith, writing and publishing (and other areas of interest) and I hope to continue to connect with people who are passionate about these areas. If that sounds like you, I hope you’ll keep in touch.

Kicking Off The 2020 Conference Season

Hi all, I’m delighted to announce that the 2020 conference season is now underway. I kicked off the year last weekend taking remote pitches at THE CRUCIBLE, a writers conference by bestselling author, Angie Fenimore. There were a number of pitch opportunities that weekend, and I’m incredibly grateful to Angie for the chance to expand my exposure as a junior literary agent by meeting a TON of authors and hearing about their books. If you follow me on social media, you may have encountered me gushing about this event already.

It is such a humbling experience meeting authors. I know that many times, it’s the first time you’ve pitched to an agent. What an incredibly intimidating thing to do. You guys are so courageous! The thing to remember is agents are just people, the same as you. I’m likely as nervous as you are. It just feels more stressful because under that professional exterior, you might be banking your hopes on representation, and I am hoping to find the next great read….no pressure, right?

So, let’s say you DIDN’T attend The Crucible last weekend. I have a number of pitch opportunities (some in-person, most online) for the remainder of the year, and if you’re organizing a writers conference or a pitchfest and would potentially like me to attend as faculty, please shoot me an email at lmiller (at) MetamorphosisLiteraryAgency.com. I’d love to hear from you! I’ll be updating my Events page with more opportunities as we go. Here’s what I’ve currently got lined up so far:

#KissPitch
Dates: February 14, 2020
Location: Twitter
Details: All The Kissing, a collective of authors (unaffiliated with RWA) will be pitching their manuscripts on Twitter, on Valentine’s Day, using the hashtag #KissPitch. If I like your Tweet, please send me a query with a referral mentioning this event. I love romance, so this sound be a ton of fun!

#FaithPitch
Dates: February 27, 2020
Location: Twitter
Details: I will be “liking” pitches as part of the #FaithPitch session. If I like your Tweet, please send me a query with a referral mentioning this event.

Writers at the Lodge
Dates: March 7, 2020, 9:30am-12:30pm.
Location: The Lodge at Des Peres, Des Peres, MO
Details: St. Louis Writers Guild is hosting a special event, with talks by Kortney Price, Andrew Doty, and Guy Anthony de Marco. There will also be editing consultations available as well as pitch sessions. I will be taking pitches at the event in person. I’m looking forward to meeting with you there.

#FaithPitch
Dates: June 25, 2020
Location: Twitter
Details: I will be “liking” pitches as part of the #FaithPitch session. If I like your Tweet, please send me a query with a referral mentioning this event.

#FaithPitch
Dates: November 12, 2020
Location: Twitter
Details: I will be “liking” pitches as part of the #FaithPitch session. If I like your Tweet, please send me a query with a referral mentioning this event.

Additionally, in late April, I will be taking pitches in-person at a conference, but details are being ironed out. Stay tuned for more on that. So, if you plan on participating in any of these events, I am looking forward to hearing more about your work. And even if these aren’t a good fit for where you’re at with your novel, I hope that 2020 is a GREAT year for your writing.

First Print Listing!!!

I am so grateful to be included with these two extremely talented ladies. I have so much to learn! If you’re a Christian author, I hope you will consider looking into Steve Laube’s book of publishing resources for writers. And if you’re looking for representation, check out the Metamorphosis website for web form queries (NOT email) if you’d like to submit. Thank you for reading and happy Epiphany!

Back From Another Conference

Another weekend come and gone and with it, Gateway Con 2019, the third-annual conference for writers held at the beautiful Renaissance Hotel in St. Louis, MO. If you missed it, you missed more than the great speakers, readers and workshops, you also missed out on the loud and occasionally raucous after party. If you haven’t noticed, writers like to decompress after the stresses of speaking, pitching, and sometimes, hand-to-hand combat, and there’s nothing quite like a party for networking.

Before it sounds like all fun and games, I wore a few different hats this year, running the registration table for a couple of hours, attempting to keep people pitching on track (it’s harder than it sounds), networking and even sitting in on an “Ask the Agent” session and both learning a lot about the trade and offering some feedback from my own experiences.

As one eager writer expressed it, “Literary agents are the rock stars of a writing conference”. I don’t know that that’s true, but getting to know other agents and hearing some of their experiences and gleaning what wisdom I could was a heck of a lot of fun, and I’ve made some new friends, I think. When you get a certain age where you no longer exchange crayons and friendship bracelets, it can be hard to tell sometimes…

So, what’s next? Penned Con is coming up in September and that’ll probably be my last conference to attend in 2019, more as a spectator and reader than as an agent. Although if you’re attending, I certainly hope to bump into you there and get to know you more.

Meantime, I am working on being more vocal on Twitter and I launched a Facebook page over the weekend so if you favor either of those sites, please pop over and say hello, give a like or a follow and let’s talk.

Have a blessed day and keep reaching higher!

I am a Junior Agent!

Dear friends,

Now that it’s official, I am pleased to announce that at my internship with Metamorphosis, I have been promoted to a Junior Agent. I am beyond thrilled at this unique opportunity to discover talented writers and help them pursue their dreams of publication. What a responsibility; what a gift!

Thanks to Stephanie Hansen for believing in me, and to Patty Carothers for being such an awesome guide, and most especially, to the Author of All Things, Jesus Christ, who orchestrated a twist in my story I never saw coming.

For those of you who are writers seeking representation, and have stumbled onto my blog, you’re welcome to hop on over to Metamorphosis and see what I’m currently looking for in terms of audience level and genre fiction. For everyone else, thank you for reading and God bless you.

Keep reaching higher,

Lauren Miller