Inspiring Stories- Getting Their Agents

I love when Twitter is abuzz with tweets announcing writers getting their agents. It’s so exciting to see someone from the trenches reach that fabulous goal of opening THE email and getting THE call. 
This list began because I love hearing these stories and I keep it going so there’s a whole lot of inspiration in one place. Whenever you need it.  :)

Stay positive and let these stories inspire you to keep going! When I started collecting this list, I had no idea I’d soon be putting mine on it!

I know there are so many more, so please share if you have a link to one- maybe even your own!

How they got their agents . . . (Click the name for the story!)

Recently posted stories . . .

Laurel Amberdine  
Jackie Yeager 
Stephanie Faris
Rachel Horwitz 
Rachel Bateman

Lots more . . .

Ann Bedichek
Rachel Allen
Cindy Thomas -and her query stats here
Stephanie Diaz
Jennifer Malone
Heidi Schulz
Kelsey Macke
Gail Nall
Stephanie Scott
Elaine Vickers
Holly VanDyne
Me. :)
Lori Goldstein
Jayme Woods
Karma Brown
Marieke Nijkamp
Veronica Bartles
Ami Allen-Vath
Erin Petti
Sarah Ahiers
Abby Cooper
Rachel Simon
Keely Hutton
Christie Murillo


  1. Thank you so much for posting this! You are awesome! :)

  2. Here's mine from a couple weeks ago. ;)

  3. Thanks ladies! Stephanie, I added your story. I remember reading it. :)

    And congrats to you both!

  4. Oh my goodness! I'm so so honored to be over here! *big snugs*

    Thank you so much for the shoutout. YOu are the greatest!

  5. Loved seeing this post! My co-author and I just signed our contracts with Rachael Dugas of Talcott Notch Literary. We are so excited! ~ Jess

  6. Thanks, everyone! I'm glad you enjoyed it.

    Jess, congratulations! That's so exciting! Let me know if you have a story you'd like me to post.

  7. I'm so happy for all of you! Yay!!!!

  8. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! So sweet of you to add me to this incredible list of talent!! CONGRATS to the others on the list!!! <3<3<3

  9. Wow, this list is fantastic! So inspiring! Thank you!

  10. Thank you for including me in this truly inspiring list! I'm honored.

  11. Thank you so much for posting these. I LOVE reading how-I-got-my-agent-stories. They make me warm and fuzzy inside, and some of them made me all emotional haha. I'm very looking forward to the day when I can write one of these posts myself.

  12. I have always loved reading these stories, and now I'm so excited I can post a link to my own!! Thank you for compiling them, Dee! :)

    1. Jessica, how did I miss this news?! Congratulations!!

      And how could I not post such a great story? You've been added to the list. :)

  13. Thank you so much!! I'm so excited to be on this list! :D

  14. I'm loving this compilation. I devoured this posts when I was starting out. Feel free to add mine if you want:

  15. Thanks so much for adding mine. Quite the honor to be listed with a group of such amazing writers. Yay!

  16. I love these stories, and putting so many links in one place is great! If I may, here's mine. :)

  17. Such a GREAT idea, to post them all here. :)

    Here's mine:

    And stats:

    1. Thanks for sharing, Rachel! And congrats!

      I added you to the list- I try to keep them in order, so you're up a bit, but I marked that it's newly added. :)

  18. So cool, you're the list keeper. :) I'll stay tuned.

  19. Loved all these stories. Congrats to all!

  20. These stories are great! Thanks for the list of inspiration. :)

  21. I have lived for these kinds of stories over three years of querying - and now I finally get to share my own! Thanks for this awesome list, Dee - I have been through it many times.

  22. Hey Dee, this list is great! Here to add my own story. In May, I landed my agent Carrie Howland (<3 her!).

  23. I've loved reading these stories for the past year and am so honored to now be included in this list of amazing writers! Thank you, Dee! :)

  24. I can't believe I am on this list!! Thanks, Dee :)


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