(Movie trailer dude’s voice) In a world where imagination runs wild (not to mention the kids), a writer finds an agent…
Yes! I have an agent!
First a picture of my boys hugging a cute doggie (kind of tugs the “awww” out of you, doesn’t it?):
So for the past few months I’ve been editing and querying (and editing more) on my young adult manuscript, receiving a pretty decent request rate. I used any and all feedback to make my manuscript stronger. The responses became more and more personalized, resulting in a revise/resubmit at one point.
More revisions, more querying, more making my poor husband listen to revised and revised and revised excerpts (thank you, babe!). And more waiting at the virtual mailbox.
And then one Saturday (yeah, a weekend), I got an email from the associate agent at Larsen-Pomada Literary Agency for a phone call. And this was me….
The call wasn’t with Laurie McLean, whom I had originally queried. It was with Pam van Hylckama Vlieg (whom you may know as @BookaliciousPam in Twitter), newly promoted agent, who had rescued my manuscript from the slush pile and begged it off Laurie. I was SO excited that she was SO excited! In fact, (because I stalk people’s tweets sometimes—don’t pretend you don’t!) she was tweeting about it before she sent the email. She had great ideas for revisions and submissions, and she and I clicked instantly. I mean, she managed a rock band! Forget all her publishing industry experience — that’s just COOL!
Well, I did research on Pam, contacting very satisfied clients and even getting affirmation from another agent. So my “offer of rep” (EEP!) emails went forth and prospered into additional offers from other amazing agents! It was like Christmas!
Finally, after a lot of chocolate consumption, I went with my gut (it never lies) and chose the kick-ass Pam to represent me (does she realize yet what she’s gotten herself into?)! A new agent with an established agency, she’s already sold a trilogy in her first couple months!
I look forward to a fantastic relationship with…I can say it now…my AGENT!