Now you might be thinking, “Wait, what? I thought she already had an agent.” Yup, I did. Then I didn’t. Now I do again.
Let me start with this. I love my first agent and we worked great together, but sometimes it just doesn’t work out. She knows I’m grateful. I know she’s happy for me.
I made the choice to jump back into querying again and search for the right match for me, but this time around was different. I queried a very select list of agents who I had some connection to, whether I’ve worked with them in contests or auctions, know their clients, or have met them at conferences. And I made sure every one of them was a potential fit as far as genres go. I was so happy with the interest in the story, the positive feedback, and the personal responses from everyone on that list- thank you!
Now, here’s the part you’re probably waiting to hear . . .
I went to the Pennwriters conference a couple weeks ago with my writing buddy & bestie Adrienne. We happened to be in the room when they announced there were extra slots for pitches, so I figured I might as well give it a shot. A tiny little decision that would set everything in motion.
The next day, I pitched my middle grade story Truth Heist to Uwe Stender. He loved it and asked for the full. When the ten minutes ran out, he wanted to chat more later.
Adrienne and I ended up going to the luau (drinks & appetizers) because someone gave us a ticket. (Yet another thing that let this story continue!) We talked and laughed for hours with Uwe and some of our new writer friends. He was excited about the book and told me to send him the full that night and he'd read it during the week.
The next morning, after sending him a DM on twitter, he responded with a not-so-cryptic message that let me know he was already reading the book. Let me say that again- HE WAS ALREADY READING THE BOOK! A little while later, he responded with another mention of the story, this time a Seinfeld reference, so you know, double bonus points. Sunday night after I got home, a friend of mine saw that he had put #truthheist in one of his tweets. Holy cow, right?
Tuesday morning, a wonderful little email was hanging out in my inbox. He loved the manuscript and wanted to work with me. :) Cue happy dance.
THE REST OF THE STORY:
After the notify-the-other-agents emails and days of having my manuscript in the hands of some fabulous agents, which is quite an honor all on its own, I found myself very ready to accept Uwe’s offer. So I did.
Querying writers, I hope you get the kind of email I got back from him, including lots of happy capital letters and a whole slew of exclamation points. After reading that enthusiastic email, I thought to myself, yup, THIS is the person I want pitching my story to editors.
I'm very excited to be moving forward. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU to every single one of you who gave me the encouragement I needed along the way. You know who you are and I am forever grateful.
A BIG thank you to my hubby who took care of everything while I was off at conferences last month. Thank you to everyone who read Truth Heist, some of you multiple times. And thank you twitter, for the days when I needed my writing buddies and you were all more than happy to jump in and chat. :)