I can’t believe I am actually posting my very own
“How I Got My Agent” story! Here goes . . .
Shortly after I started writing Locker 43, I joined Query Tracker and started a list of agents. I broke them down by what they represented and then added notes after scouring for interests like “magical” and “quirky.” Don’t be fooled, I am not always so organized- which is why I started the list so early and added as I went along.
In March, when my manuscript was finally finished and polished, I started submitting. About a week later, I had a full request, which turned into an R&R the next day. The notes helped me get the manuscript in even better shape and I'm so grateful for the agent’s feedback. Over the next couple of months, a handful of partials, fulls, and plenty of rejections came and went.
At the end of May, I had a not-so-fun couple of weeks with a pass on the R&R, some brutal feedback, and contests with a lack of helpful comments. Even with fulls still out, that feeling of doubt was starting to surface.
The first Monday of June, I received a request for a full, which was a complete surprise since it had been quite a while since I sent the query. I may have done a happy dance. :)
I sent it off to the mysterious Land of Requests where the other fulls were hanging out and I was determined to wait for feedback before sending out any more queries. I know this is crazy talk, but I didn’t mind the waiting. It meant I still got to be hopeful, and I could live with that for a bit. (That does not mean I didn’t check e-mail frequently and panic at the sight of “RE: QUERY- Locker 43” in the subject line.)
Then it happened. It happened. A week later, while I was out on the deck working on my laptop,
that little box that tells me I have an e-mail popped up in the lower right of my screen, with only the following showing, “Dear Deanna, I enjoyed Locker 43, and . . .”
And. Not but. Not unfortunately. Oh boy, this could go either way, I thought to myself.
I clicked it open and there it was. “Would you be available for a chat . . .”
THE Call was great. I loved her thoughts on the book and her enthusiasm for it. The ideas in the story that were really important to me, were the same ones she pointed out. I was insanely excited, yet completely at ease at the same time.
The next week was so much more than I expected. After I sent out the standard “Offer of representation” emails, there were more requests for fulls, and then more offers. Fantastic offers.
For this super important decision, I let the analytic side of me take over for a bit to find out all the details. Then, after all the research, emails, calls with agents, and chats with friends, I stopped and listened to the wise Yoda.
“Already know you that which you need.”
“Use your feelings, Obi-Wan, and find him you will.”
I am thrilled to announce that I am now represented by the fabulous Kerry Sparks of the Levine Greenberg Literary Agency!!!!!!!
I’ve been waiting to use these exclamation points, so please forgive me for going a bit overboard!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone who has supported me, given me encouragement, and become a new writing friend. I am so excited for the journey.
Stats for those who crave them . . .
Queries Sent- 45
Requests- 12 (5 partials, 8 fulls-1 partial to full)
No Response- 13