I have some news I’ve been sitting on for a while now as all the formalities were being completed. I’ve been dying to write about it and now I finally can. I’ve made an important step in my journey as a writer and I’m very, very excited.
I have been signed by literary agent Lara Perkins to the Andrea Brown Literary Agency in San Francisco.
Lara is an exceptional agent and ABLA is a very distinguished agency. Humphrey and Tula are excited, too.
It happened like this:
I met Lara when I attended the Big Sur Writing Workshop back in December. (I blogged about the experience here.) She enjoyed the first few chapters of my story and was interested in reading more. We stayed in touch via email while I revised the manuscript based on what I had learned.
Over the next several months I revised, revised, revised. It took much longer than I imagined it would. At one point I thought I was done, but after setting the story aside for a few weeks and then re-reading it, I saw it was too “crowded” so I cut out a subplot. This left gaping holes that had to be stitched back together, but with the helpful feedback of writer friends, I revised it to a place where I felt comfortable with it.
Then I closed my eyes and hit the send button.
Lara promised to get back to me within a few weeks. I waited, and had all sorts of neurotic thoughts. Did I send it too soon? Should I have revised some more? Did I suck at this? Am I the only one who would like this story? Did it even make any sense? I hugged the dogs and they licked my face and I pretended that the cookies I was giving them had nothing to do with it. (I also worked on another story I am writing, which is probably the best thing to do while in waiting mode.)
And then, two weeks ago, Lara called. We chatted on the phone for quite some time. We talked about ways I might be able to strengthen my story further and her comments were enlightening and very insightful. And at the end of the call, she offered me representation as an author and also as a children’s book illustrator.
I couldn’t be happier. It was a nice bit of good news after the sadness of Huckleberry’s passing. I do wish that he could’ve been there to share the moment, but I’m sure he was watching from up above and letting out his beagley howl of happiness.
So what’s next? I am going to revise the manuscript again based on Lara’s suggestions. And maybe again…and maybe again after that, who knows? These things take time. And once the manuscript is ready, Lara will go out on submission with it. Of course there are no guarantees. This doesn’t mean my book will be published, but at least we will give it a go. This new adventure has been—and will continue to be—a wonderful learning experience and a whole lot of fun, too.
Please keep your fingers crossed for Lara and me.
A little while back I posted a fortune from a fortune cookie I’d received. Here’s another one. These fortune cookies are amazing, I’m telling you. Who’s writing them…Edgar Cayce?
And with that, I’m getting out of here before Lara sees it.