I GOT AN AGENT!
Go. No back story here. You just need to know I have one now and that’s all.
Still here? Okay, I’ll tell you the WHOLE story. Now, stop it. Stop crying. I love you, too. You’ll be okay.
I’m not going to tell the rest of the story until you behave and pull it together.
All better now?
Good, here we go…
This won’t be an entire re-telling of my writing journey thus far. I will use another post to give all of that info. This is about the joyous event of signing with the wondrous, Marisa Cleveland with the Seymour Agency. Oops, spilled the beans too soon? Oh well, I don’t follow rules well. On January 17th, I sent my humble query and first few pages to Marisa. Within 34 minutes (yes, I did the math), Marisa wrote back to say she LOVED the pages and to please send the full. Aye, aye Captain! And send I did! This all happened on the same day that I was writing to my fabulous group of beta readers and critique partners lamenting the fact that the recent R&R (revision and rewrite for those not in the know) had not panned out as expected. Hindsight being 20/20 and all, I now know it worked out EXACTLY how it was supposed to but in the heat of the moment and all that jazz…
So, that weekend, I started peeking in on Marisa’s Twitter feed every now and again and she mentioned wanting to sign someone on Friday through her #agentconfessions feed but she couldn’t because the ending felt rushed. Well, obviously I thought that might be me she was talking about and I tweeted something probably not very witty about what she decided on that manuscript. Like an absolute doll and consummate pro, Marisa emailed me to let me know she had my manuscript scheduled for the first weekend in February so that I wouldn’t be wondering if she was talking about me. BUSTED.
I had a timeline which made me not as nervous until that first weekend in February. Come Sunday 02/03, Marisa wrote to say she was reading mine now. Ok, no pressure. On that Thursday, 02/07, Marisa wrote to say she LOVED it! She mentioned she might want some minor tweaks but she was discussing it with her senior agent. Now I’m in full happy/panic/crazed mode. Something like this:
My husband dealt with the onslaught of what if questions that ensued. What if her senior agent didn’t like it? What if I hallucinated the entire email? What if…So tiring. Thank God for my husband. He was great during all that and thankfully, it only lasted for two days. On the 9th Marisa wrote explaining her process and the notes she had about the minor tweaks and indeed they were pretty minor. She said she loved the premise, the hook, and the underlying conflicts. I was all like yay, yay, and yay! Immediately I began on the edits she mentioned and got those bad boys back to her by the end of the day. She’d also coyly mentioned to make sure to send my phone number when I sent back the edits and I played it totally cool when I sent it to her. Actually, I regaled her with the origin of why my cell phone number didn’t match up with the state I currently live in. Riveting stuff, I’m sure. I’m the definition of anti-smooth.
She didn’t hold that against me though because on Friday, 02/15, she called me and offered representation. Like straight up was all business and introduced herself and then went right into, “I’d like to offer representation.” So direct it left me fumbling for a few seconds. I knew in that instant we would get along famously. She got right to the point and didn’t mess about, so that was incredible and awesome. I perhaps had a little hand in the call happening on that day because I’d tweeted I needed a blog post idea and she felt like making a decision on an agent may make a great one and I agreed. But I decided to wait on that blog post until I could write this one.
After letting some other interested parties know that I’d made a decision, I officially accepted Marisa’s offer. And then I told my kids. They are THE reason I write. And I got to watch this. How awesome are they?
I have to thank my critique group, MGbetareaders, for their overwhelming support, push, and pimp slaps when I needed them. I have to thank especially Melanie Conklin and Michelle Mason. They looked at IN THE MIDST OF MONSTERS over and over again, even back when I was calling it THE FAMILY VYGIL. Also, thanks go out to some wonderful people on Twitter who have been extra supportive and rad and that would be Angi, Suzy, Nicole, and Megan.
Also I’m thrilled to be agency sisters with the one and only, Feaky Snucker, AKA Tamara Mataya!!!!!!!
That’s all for now, folks. Time to turn my attention to the next steps in the process. Thank you, God. Thank you, mama and Russ for being there every step of the way. Thank you, Jennifer for always believing in me.