I have to admit, I kind of feel like Annie today when she visits Daddy Warbucks’ mansion for the first time and sings, “Can someone pinch me, please?” I have an agent!
The past couple of weeks have been completely surreal. As I said in my previous post, upon returning from the RWA Annual Conference last summer, I was inspired by the workshops to tackle a rewrite of my manuscript. I had received some good feedback and was eager to dive back in and revisit my old characters. I found I’d actually missed them quite a bit! (A good thing because it looks like I’ll be saying “hi” to them again very soon!)
Shortly later, the query letters went out and submission requests were coming in. But it grew silent for a while. I focused on other things to keep myself from refreshing my inbox over and over again. (Though, that didn’t stop me from checking often!) When an offer of representation greeted me in my inbox not too long ago, I nearly slid off my couch. And then a few more offers came in. It was unreal.
I was honored and grateful to have received more than one offer. While it was a blessing to have a choice, it led to one of the most difficult decisions I’ve ever faced. Each agent was so enthusiastic and full of wonderful ideas regarding my manuscript and career. I vetted each one online, and other authors all had wonderful things to say about their respective agents. Any one of them would have been excellent. My fellow author friends advised me to go with my gut. When I imagined who I wanted to partner with, the decision became crystal clear.
So today, I’m excited to announce that I am represented by Cassie Hanjian at Waxman Leavell. I find Cassie’s enthusiasm and energy to be motivating, and she has a great sense of humor, too. As Annie also sings in the same song I quoted above, “I think I’m going to like it here.”
Today starts a new chapter in my writing career. I’m excited to see what the next year brings and to partner with Cassie as I strive to achieve my dreams. Hopefully, not too long from now, I’ll be quoting “Tomorrow” in regards to a book release day. “Maybe…”