So in the last catch up post, I casually mentioned that there was more to tell regarding my writing. Today I finally get to share...
I HAVE AN AGENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D :D :D :D :D
It happened, you guys! It really happened!
I am officially represented by Marlene Stringer of Stringer Lit.
Ahem. Let me just repeat that since it's still sinking in for me. I have an agent!!!
Seriously, I keep grinning at odd moments throughout the day. I'm so so thrilled. Marlene is wonderful, and I'm really happy to join the Stringer Lit family.
So how did it happen? Well, recently I swapped query lists with my awesome CP Ico. Marlene was on Ico's list, so I decided to check her out. I liked everything I saw about her, so a few weeks ago, on a Thursday, I filled out her online query submission form. Within an hour or two she emailed me, asking for the whole manuscript of The Never Silent. That Sunday morning I woke up to a request for The Call, and let me tell you, I have never in my life been so happy to get an email! (Also, I was super impressed with her response time!)
We talked a couple days later on Tuesday. It was a lovely conversation--everything I had been hoping for, including the offer of rep at the end. I wanted to jump up and down and say yes right away, but I composed myself, took a few days to consider and then said yes to her that Thursday!
Now, my writing friends probably all know what having an agent means, but I know a lot of my other friends don't, so here's a little more on why this is a big deal:
In the "traditional publishing" model (often contrasted these days with the "self publishing" model, which for various reasons I didn't feel was right for me), many publishers require an author to approach them through an agent instead of submitting directly to their editors. The process of finding an agent can be long and difficult. It usually means sending agents a brief letter (called a query) telling them what your book is about in just a few paragraphs. Sometimes agents also ask for the first few pages (occasionally even the first few chapters) when considering whether they would like to read the whole book. And then often they will read the book but still say no to representing the author.
It's tough, but that's the business. Now I have an agent, though, and I get to move on to the next part of the process--a brief round of revisions and then submission to publishing houses.
So, in simple terms, having an agent does not mean:
-automatically having my book published
-automatically working with any particular publishing house
But it does mean:
-moving one step closer to publishing my book
-having someone who knows the business to approach editors on my behalf
So yes, it's a pretty huge thing for me!
And so my writing journey continues. Thank you to all of you who have been part of it so far. Now I'm so excited to discover what happens next!