[Insert agent name here] Pigs be flying, folks.
I hope you’re having a good week so far ;o)
I’m bringing out the flying pigs again. Why? Well, it’s been a running joke that every time something good happens to me it must mean that pigs are flying somewhere. I know it’s quite humblebrag of me to say that. I know I must be doing something right to have good things happen, but believe me when I say I am truly humbled and often surprised when they do. So thus here come the flying piggies. I like how there’s a cow in it too, that makes me laugh. It’s like he’s kind of looking at us and saying, “seriously, if one more damn pig flies near me I’m gonna hurt someone.” Do it. Look at his eyes.
Anyhoo. Back to the news. As you may have guessed by my not so subtle [insert agent name here] title, I have an agent. YAY! *dances*. If you recall I wrote a rather emotional yet optimistic post about the woes of being in-between and talked about not having an agent. I kind of threw it all out there. And you know what? It felt GREAT. You can read it here if you feel so inclined.
It was not an easy journey to my wonderful new agent. When my previous agent made some tough decisions and changed career directions (I love her. Always will. No blame game over here) I was taken down a few pegs. Querying again was… strange. I hadn’t done it in a year, so it was an adjustment. It’s kind of amazing what comes back to you though.
I sent out a first round and got some requests and nice comments. I was at about 20 when I was getting the feeling it just wasn’t going to happen with this MS. When someone *cough Brenda Drake* told me not to stop querying. I know, quitting after 20 is lame, but I have another MS that is more commercial that I thought stood a better chance, so I was just going to wait. Well, since Brenda is right almost all the time, I sent out another batch. In this batch, I got more requests and good responses and garnered two offers.
This is the part where I *SQUEE*, right? I mean it’s not a bad problem to have, right? Two agents love your book. But it was harrowing, you guys. Making a decision even between two agents was incredibly difficult. Trust me, writing the email to the other agent to say I passed was the hardest email I’ve ever written. They were both great and made it really hard to decide, but after talking to my new agent and discussing my other manuscripts (I have like five more) and hearing how enthusiastic she was about those too? I was sold. She’s as sweet as can be and we have a lot in common. I can tell we’ll work great together.
The list of peeps to thank is a mile long, so I’ll try to keep it short, but I’ll start with Brenda Drake, my bestie who is my alpha everything. Carolina Valdez Miller, my other bestie who constantly inspires me to be a better person. Dahlia Adler and Marieke Nijkamp, my wonderful CPs who have been there to talk me off ledges and keep me sane. I have to thank Melanie Hoo Swiftney and Rachel who helped me with my query, KT Hanna, all the YA Misfits! All my peeps from All The Write Notes and The Kindness Project and of course all my friends on twitter, you know who you are ;o) Louise Fury for her friendship and guidance. Judith Engracia for taking a chance on me! And my awesome husband who always puts up with me staying up late and makes dinner while I nap and is pretty much my everything. Man, I’m sure I forgot people, but this blog post is already seriously long.
Since I love seeing query stats and most people do as well. Here are my stats for the second time on the query-go-round.
Queries Sent: 27
No Response: 3
Partial Requests: 1
Full Requests: 12
Hope you have a great week! Stay warm ;o)