I have some amazing news to share!
I have an agent!
Yay!!! *dancing a jig*
The absolutely wonderful agent extraordinaire
has offered to represent me and my novel, RULES OF PROTECTION!
*blows kazoo and twirls a noisemaker*
I feel like it's my birthday or something, but only better! Bring out the cake! Wait! What do you mean, no cake? What kind of party is this? Okay, fine. No cake, then. But, just so you know, I'm eating some celebration M&Ms later. Of course, I'll have to steal them from the kids first. *plots ways to distract them*
I spoke with Andrea over the phone and she was so sweet and easy to talk to. Even with the spider hanging out inside her phone. (Yes, seriously!) Thank goodness it was in her phone and not mine because I wouldn't have answered it. I'm scared to death of spiders! I would've grabbed my cell phone and called her back before touching anything with a spider in it! But Andrea and I got a laugh out of it.
She said she loved my manuscript and thought it was really strong writing! And so many other good things. But I'll spare you the list. Besides, after talking with her, my head is swollen enough. She gives great compliments! In fact, I blushed forty times (at least) while we had a nice long chat. I know she must've been really busy, but the conversation was never rushed and she was more than happy to answer all my questions. Really, she was answering questions I didn't even have to ask. (Good thing, since I was so mesmerized that I forgot them all!)
I was so pleased with her level of kindess, professionalism, and friendliness. I always pictured myself being calm, cool, and collected while speaking to an agent, but I think I must've sounded like a raving lunatic! I was a tightly-wound ball of nervous energy and probably came off as a unraveling basket case. I muttered. I rambled. I sounded like a damn fruit! I was hoping someone would pass me a valium to shut me up. Then, as we said goodbye and hung up, I burst into tears. Guess the nervous energy needed a release. But I was so happy!!!
I'm so excited for this opportunity and feel fortunate to work with someone who obviously has a fondness for basket case writers who are scared to death of spiders. Dreams. Do. Come. True.
I wondered how finding a great agent would feel, and my imagination didn't even come close!
I would like to thank the other two terrific agents who believed in my book enough to offer representation as well. I wish I could have chosen all of you!