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Jude is da BOMB

So. Is That A Pig Who Just Flew By Or Did I Get An Agent?

Hi Everyone!!

I hope you are all doing well and enjoying your summer!! Mine just got a lot better (understatement of the year)!!

At first, I couldn’t find a pic of a flying pig (apparently they don’t exist, Ha) so my lovely friend Leigh Ann sent me this one, it’s all legit ‘n stuff, so… we cool.

SO. Yeah. This blog post is kind of hard to write, which is weird. Honestly, I’ve met SO many awesome friends, tweeps, bloggers, agents, editors, writers, authors, animals (wanted to see if you were still reading) who have enriched my life and made it possible for me to write a blog post of this nature.

I’m THRILLED to announce (if you haven’t already guessed) that I have an agent!! SHE is amazing. Okay, okay, I’ll tell you who. It’s JUDITH ENGRACIA from the AWESOME Liza Dawson Associates. I’m SO excited to work with her!!

GUYS. Jude is the best. Here’s our little story…

I sent her a query for my NaNo 2010 MS (yes, that’s 2010. I revised/rewrote the crap out of it)… and I get a response back from her saying she was speechless and to send my MS right away. I sent it to her. A week later I get an email from her saying she started my MS and should be done in a couple hours and would I like to talk. UM WHAT? I mean, she said she wasn’t even done with it. So, naturally I thought she couldn’t possibly offer. BUT. She did. After she finished it, of course. She started the conversation by telling me my MS is a mash-up of Equilibrium, Minority Report and Shutter Island. I loved her instantly. We make an awesome team. She’s so personable, sweet, patient. She’s enthusiastic about my writing and loves my ideas for my other WIP’s. I wanted to say YES, I wanted to scream it from the rafters (I don’t have any rafters) BUT. I did have some fulls out that I had to follow-up on. Which I did, and I think I actually made sort of friends with one of the agents that rejected me. Who knew?

So, my journey to agentdom isn’t that interesting, but since people loves stats, I’ll post them ;o)

Queries sent: 32
Rejections: 19
No-response: 4
Requests from queries: 10 
Requests from Miss Snark’s Baker’s Dozen/Writer’s Voice contests: 7
Ninja agent (found me on twitter): 1

I have a list a mile-long of people I could thank for putting up with my crap helping me along the way, whether it was with encouragement, beta reading, talking me off a ledge, or just being there. Here we go. I know I will inevitably forget someone.

First, Brenda Drake. She’s my Alpha everything and one of my best friends. We meet in NaNo 2010 and have pretty much been inseparable since. LOVE her. Next, Carolina Valdez Miller. She’s one of my favorite writer besties, soul sisters, whatever you want to call it. I love her. She’s been there for me and she’s awesome beyond words. I have to thank the AWESOME Melanie Hoo who is an AMAZING friend and SO much fun to hang with (oh, the memories) The next group are also my writer besties, CP’s, overall SUPERB individuals: Cecily White, Leigh Ann Kopens, Adrien-Luc Sanders, Kristen Yard, Jamie Grey, MarikeN, Dahlia AF, @INukeYou, @ifollowthenight, Cait Peterson, Chessie Zappia, Megan Whitmer, LK Gardner Griffie, Jamie DeBree and Brooklyn Ann. Also, a shout out to my new agent sister, KT Hanna. I’m SO excited to be a part of #TeamJude ;o)

AND Of course, All my bloggy and twitter pals!! YOU (that’s right, I’m talking to you) are amazing and I LOVE you!! I HAVE to give a shout out to the wonderful Louise Fury who is always there for support and she sends me some seriously AMAZING MS’s. I’m not going anywhere, you’re stuck with me ;o)

Last but certainly not least #clicheoftheday My wonderful husband who braves lonely nights while I write and who is incredibly supportive of my choices. AND my sister, who was one of my first readers. I know she’ll always be there to read every crappy version of every story I write and still tell me she loves it.

DUDE. That’s a seriously long post. Sorry for that. Thank you for being here and for reading my incredibly sporadic blog posts. I’m so glad to have the best mosh pit on the internet!!!


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