I had a flurry of exciting events hit me last Thursday and Friday. I'm going to address Friday because Thursday is still in the works.
Briefly, on Thursay I received a call from an editor interested in acquiring my MS. This editor sent me the information necessary the next morning.
What to do! I'd read this very thing a few months ago on an agent's blog I have followed religiously for a couple years and remembered to keep an open mind.
I read the editor's email three times. I clicked on the new tab for an email and stared at the address line. Did I want to be an author? Did I have the guts and faith that I could do it? I tend to think things through on several different levels before doing it and I realized that this was not something I could allow to sit there while I thought it out. I'd read the advice and now was the time to act.
I emailed this agent, in fact the same who'd posted the blog, and let her know what the situation was, exactly as directed. Then, I went to Costco. Yes, I went to Costco, are you kidding me? Do you know that agents tend to not get back to you for 60 days? No, I'm serious. Every query I've ever sent out has taken at LEAST two weeks for a rejection, if I ever recieved one. (I just received a rejection for a book I submitted in early 2009). I went to Costco with the family, thinking I certainly wouldn't hear from Ms. Gardner until at the earliest that afternoon.
My heart stopped when I got home and saw an email indicating interest. Truth be told, I screamed at my husband much the same way I screamed when I fell down the stairs pregnant. He and the kids ran up. My cheeks hurt from the smile. "She's interested!"
"Get her the information, now. I got the kids." He said. He smiled and kissed me. My hubs. Did I mention that I adore him?
I clicked send.
Rachelle Gardner of WordServe Literary offered me representation! I am extremely excited and more than a little nervous. When you have an agent, it's not just you now. It's someone else who is a partner in your career, thus there is a person on the inside with the information to help make your dreams come true.
She said, "Now you write and let me handle the business end." I can do that!
About 60% of my writing time has thus far been spent in the "selling part". Researching publishers, researching agents, researching, researching, querying, querying,. Now, I can cut the agent searching out and save that time!
More writing is on it's way.
Talk about a motivator! This is how prayers are answered!