Friday, November 16, 2007


Ages ago, maybe a year, I picked an agent at random to see if they would be interested in syndicating a story overseas. Someone from the agency liked the story and was onto it. Then she went quiet and after a few months I added her to the list of promising things that would not eventuate, which have pretty well defined my 2007.

Couple of months ago I was wondering what had happened to this agent when I received an email from her telling me that she was no longer with the agency but that she was now the editor of a Big Magazine and she wanted me to contribute. She asked me in for a chat. I was really late for the meeting because I forgot about some of the train stations on the way and it took longer than I remembered. Also, once off the train I got a bit lost and wandered into the next suburb. This is typical of me.

Anyway, meeting went well even if I did keep wondering if this was all real. Maybe she had the wrong freelance writer and would soon realise this.

She said she was changing the tone of the mag and she wanted me to pitch ideas. She wanted serious stuff from me but I was interested in humour and suggested a story that was pretty leftfield. She liked the idea and said to give it a bash. I did the piece and sent it in, then did what I do so well. I worried and assumed it wouldn't be good enough and thought this was going to be another promising thing that falls through.

But after a tense day's wait I got an email saying all good. My leftfield comedy bit will take up two pages in the February issue of a high profile national glossy magazine. Happy? Hell yeah.

I think what I love most about this is the complete coincidence of choosing the agency at random and the person who happened to reply to me turning out to be the future editor of a Big Magazine. What are the chances? Sometimes all you can do is shake your head and say what the hell is going on here? I love it. Fucking love it.


Chris Boyd said...

Hey Q, quite by coincidence I wrote and filed a feature article for a magazine today. It's my first (well, one and only, so far, but let's be optimistic... of course they'll like my work... it's just a question of CAN THEY AFFORD ME!!) but the interesting thing is (drum roll)... they found me through my blog.

Who would have thought... givin' it away has had some dividends. Maybe those Radiohead guys are onto something!

"Spare me a dollar, sir?"

*Grunts* "Don't call me sir."

Kathryn said...

That is so great!! Very, very happy for you! Where's the champagne?

Y said...

Woohoo! Brilliant news - congrats :) You'll have to let me know what the Big Magazine is so that I can keep an eye out for it.

bohémienne said...

Yay, you! That is brilliant news.

quick said...

Chris - Good stuff. And the Radiohead thing reminds me of some good people who had a cafe in the interesting part of the world who let people pay what they thought the meal was worth. Mostly, they said, people paid a decent amount.

I hope they can afford you. You are good. What's the mag?

Kat - Looking forward to sharing some bubbles some day. That will be quite cool.

Y - The mag... it's Australian Penthouse. Keep an eye out for it :)

Bohemeienne - that's a brilliant yay from a brilliant writer. Thank you.