Notice anything different?
I'll wait. *hums theme from Jeopardy*
Do you see it?
For those of you who aren't really into the "I Spy" or "Where's Waldo" books, I'll give you a hint. Look at the little blurb next to my picture.
Yep! I have an agent! Yesterday, I signed with Eric Myers of The Spieler Agency.
Eric called me and offered representation on January 30th. I can honestly say it was a HUGE surprise. I had just walked in the house after picking my kids up from school, and my husband was waiting for me with a big grin on his face. I think he said something like, "You got a call. Someone named Eric Myers?" *cue panic*
You always hear about people jumping around and screaming with excitement, but for me, it was sheer panic. As those of you who have been in the query trenches for a while can attest to, getting the call is one of those things you dream about, but you never expect it to happen. In my mind, what follows a full request is a rejection, not an offer of representation.
It didn't help the situation that I was unprepared. Sure, I had done some searches on what questions I should ask during the call, but I hadn't printed anything out or written anything down (mainly because I'm superstitious like that, and I thought doing so would somehow jinx me). So picture it--crazy mom running around the house, heart pounding, stomach turning, hands shaking. I cannot even express to you what a spaz I was. Once I realized I wasn't going to calm down, I took some Tylenol (Xanax would've worked better, but I had to work with what I had). Then, I sat down at the computer, and with the help of the internet and a good friend, I was able to quickly come up with a list of things to ask Eric.
None of it mattered though, because once I got him on the phone, I turned into--what I would consider--a bumbling fool. I might have managed a few coherent sentences, but mostly what came out of my mouth was a bunch of "uh-huh's and okay's." So much for my list. [side note: I did email him some questions the next day, and he kindly got back with me that day with answers]
At the time of the call, I had some fulls/partials out with other agents, so I told him I would get back with him in about two weeks. Those two weeks were crazy! I won't go into details about my stats, but I will say one of the fringe benefits of an offer is that it gets agents' attention. :o)
In the end, my decision to accept Eric's offer of representation was an easy one. He's a seasoned professional with an impressive sales history. I know that having an agent doesn't guarantee my book is going to sell, but I have to admit, it feels good to finally have someone in my corner who believes in my work.
I just want to say a quick thank you to those of you who helped me get to this point. Whether it was reading my entire manuscript, or just critiquing a few pages--thank you, thank you, thank you!! Also, thank you to everyone who has ever offered me support or a kind word. This is not always a friendly business, and so I appreciate every smidgen of kindness given to me. It never goes unnoticed. Thank you from the bottom of my heart :o)