Okay, I really, really, really wanted to share this news with you on Friday, but it wasn't quite official yet. I had a decision to make. Well, it's official now: I HAVE AN AGENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The lovely Kirsten Manges from KM Literary Agency.
Yes, I still feel like I'm dreaming. (Speaking of which, I had the weirdest dream last night, but that's a different post)
I think the fact that I have an agent is the most exciting and interesting news, but I am informed by my friends that people will want to hear the story of exactly how it came to pass. So, let me share, in hopes of helping all of you who hope to be able to make the same announcement soon.
After writing in a reclusive state for almost a year, one of my only friends who knew about my serious aspirations of becoming a writer suggested we start blogging (she's a writer too--Candice). I thought, who would want to hear what I have to say, but went along with it anyway. It was through blogging that I realized the vast network of supportive and amazing writers in the blogosphere (is that an illegal way, according to Nathan Bransford [I know he did a post on it today] to use the word blog?). Well, I happened to meet a fun girl by the name of Jenni James who, along with many of you other writers, I felt a connection with. We chatted a lot and started exchanging books.
We also thought it would be fun to write a book together. I actually forget the order of these next two events. But one happened first and the other happened second. :) We wrote a book that her agent read (we're in the midst of edits on that one). AND Jenni read one of my books, "Captivated" that she fell in love with. She asked if she could recommend it to her agent. I said, "No, you may not." Just kidding. I said, "Are you kidding me??? Of course you can."
Her agent (now my agent--Eeeeeh!) read it and had some big edits for me that mainly had to do with world building. I took those edits, completed them and about 4 weeks ago, sent it back to her. She was really sweet about telling me every week or so that she still remembered I was waiting and would get to it as soon as her schedule permitted. So, last Friday, she got back to me and loved it!!!
Referrals work. Networking works. Surround yourself with writers. I have learned so much from not only my friends who have read and helped me edit, but from those who have given me the privilege of reading their books as well. Thanks, guys! You're awesome.
That's it, my story in a nutshell. To celebrate I'm going to go to the store to buy a pound of chocolate. Is that enough? If you want to celebrate with me, I give you permission to eat some chocolate today in my name. :) :)
Now on to the next stage where more anxious waiting will ensue. I'm not going to think about that stage right now. I'm going to celebrate!