Not sure why I made the big announcement on a little comment at Lisa and Laura Writes.
Is it because it hadn't really sunk in yet? Or could it be that I don't want to celebrate until I have an offer from an editor? (I have had representation before and I've learned that it does not always translate into getting a contract.)
For those of you who don't know what I am talking about, I signed with an agent yesterday.
I am being represented by Kendra Marcus of BookStop Literary Agency.
Many people compare the process of finding an agent to dating. I certainly see the parallels.
I sent Kendra THREE NINJA PIGS in May. She got back to me in June saying that she loved the premise, but the execution needed a little work. She gave me some very specific feedback and said, "Feel free to call to discuss." I did not call.
She then called me in July to discuss the story and said to call her back anytime. My husband told me, CALL HER. I did not call.
Instead, I emailed her with some revisions.
That may sound very weird.
But David still jokes that when we were dating, he would kiss me goodnight and say, "Bye, I'll call you." and I would reply, "Nah, that's okay. Just shoot me an email."
I guess it was the same concern. Lack of phone chemistry. If someone is interested in me, why risk ruining it by an awkward call?
But yesterday, Kendra and I finally spoke. She said she loved PIGS and thought the revisions were fantastic.
I felt like she really got the story's humor and that she had a great sense of which publishers would be interested.
At the very end of the conversation, I said, "Okay, I'm going to call my husband and tell him the great news." And, she said, "Don't call, email." (Kidding!) She said, "There's no great news yet."
So, it looks like I have found a good fit.