I have an agent!
In a twist on the traditional route, my query wasn’t plucked from the slush pile. My agent story began with a quiet little Tweet.
But let me back up a bit. After several drafts and lots of feedback from my critique partners, I started sending out queries for my latest manuscript, a YA SpecFic with Thriller elements. By April, I’d received several partial and full requests. I was feeling pretty good.
Then it was silent. Self doubt crept in. I needed a distraction. I threw myself into my latest project, trying hard not to check my email every five seconds.
Then I got a message from one of my CPs asking if I was going to do #RTSlap, a Twitter pitch event that I hadn’t marked on my calendar. I was full of coffee and optimism, so I figured why not? I sent one pitch into the Twitterverse and called it good.
Later that day, my tweet got favorited. An agent wanted my query and first ten pages. I sent the material off, and a few days later, I received an email from her requesting the full.
I was surprised to hear back from her on Memorial Day. As I clicked on the email, I braced myself for the words “I’m sorry, but I’m not the right fit for this project”.
Instead she’d written I couldn’t put it down. She wanted to set up The Call to talk about representation.
I let myself spaz out a little before emailing her back.
We set up a time to talk the next day. I’m ridiculously punctual, so when she called on the dot, I’m pretty certain I was smiling despite the fact that my stomach was doing flips. There was a connection, and most importantly, she understood my story and had great suggestions to improve the manuscript.
I emailed every agent who’d requested material, as well as those I hadn’t heard back from. Then I scoured the Internet and contacted several of the agency’s clients. The more I learned, the more impressed I was, and I knew I wanted to be part of the Inklings Literary Agency family.
Whitley Abell is the perfect fit, and I can’t wait to see what we can do together!