Friday, December 12, 2014

My Big Announcement: I Have An Agent!

Hey all! I have some awesome news. But let's start at the beginning:

I wrote a manuscript. It took 5 months to write, and 10 months to edit. It wasn't my first attempt at writing a novel. Not by a long shot. I'd written 6 others. But I was hopeful and I believed in my story.

A few months ago, my friends encouraged me to get over my fears and start querying. And so commences my post in Friends gifs:

Fulls were requested and I was ecstatic. But then a few responses came back which were incredibly nice, but not exactly what I was looking for:

I got stressed out. Mass loads of Coke Zero and Hot Tamales were ingested. When I wasn't pickling my insides, I spent hours pruning my skin in the tub. That's how I deal with stress:

I don't like rejection. At all. I wanted to quit. But my supportive and nagging friends, Katie Purdie, Jessie Humphries, Elana Johnson, and Peggy Eddleman wouldn't let me quit.

So I revised my manuscript and kept on querying. It didn't happen over night. I spent the summer sending out a few queries at a time. And then one day, one magnificent day, an email popped up in my inbox from a fantastic agent.

Her interest led to offers from four more agents.

I didn't know what to do with myself. Never in a million years did I expect to have multiple offers! After all the years I've spent writing manuscripts, the offers were a dream come true. I didn't want to make the wrong decision. And so I had a minor freakout (or a series of major panic attacks.)

All the interested agents were fantastic, and my writing career would have done well with any of them, but my decision was made after considering who I clicked with the best (and a lot of prayer).
In the end it was clear that Josh Adams, agent extraordinaire, was the one for me.

Now that I'm "represented by Josh Adams" and part of the Adams Literary posse, all my dreams have come true...well, almost. I know submission to publishers is the next step in my writing career. Undoubtedly, the submission process will inspire new Friends Gif blog post possibilities. So stay tuned and I'll start blogging more than twice a year!