As Christina mentioned in this post, we got to celebrate some good news during our last meeting-- because I got an agent! Yay! Here's a bit about that agenty journey.
After working on my first novel for about three years, writing and revising and attending workshops and conferences and going to some awesome critique groups, I felt ready to start querying agents last year.
It was exciting when someone wanted to read more.
Of course there were rejections.
But I took it all in stride.
And I kept working and revising and submitting and attending workshops, conferences, and awesome critique groups.
Finally, one day...an agent emailed to set up a phone call! So we talked, and she offered representation, and she was awesome and nice.
But the next day, I had a call from another agent!
She was awesome and nice too, and also offered representation.
So that was great, but I had to make one of those hard decisions-- you know, where you have two great things in front of you and you can pick only one.
I thought back to other tough decisions I'd had to face...
I took a few days to think about it, and made a decision about which agent felt like the right one for me. I sent her an email, and she called right away! But I was at work, so I missed her call.
But we talked the next day, and we're both thrilled to be working together.
She sent me the contract...
...and I'm now represented by Joanna Stampfel-Volpe of Nancy Coffey Literary and Media Representation!
Here's her adorable self right here:
Doesn't she look smart and bookish?
Like always, we celebrate good news, so at our last meeting, the critique group brought me a cake!(I should mention that the novel is called CHAINED and it's about an elephant, so the theme of the cake will make sense.)
Monica was especially happy for me, since she's also represented by Joanna and knows how fabulous she is.
Joanna requires all clients to wear Snuggies after signing with her. It's kind of like a cult. A warm, comfy, cult.
Ok, not really. But that would be awesome.