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My Agent News: I've signed with . . .

 In April of 2007, I wrote my first query letter and entered an online contest. I ended up with a full request from a popular agent. That request turned into an R&R, then the agent’s clients started leaving her and the agent fell off the radar.  After that I wrote five more YA manuscripts which netted me tons of requests and rejections, offers to look at future manuscripts and even phone calls. I took classes. I went to conferences, did critiques and pitch sessions. Last year, I waited between 8 and 9 months to hear back from three separate agents.

About two months ago, I started to query my latest manuscript--a YA gothic. Even though I had a great request rate, I didn’t have faith I’d connect with an agent. Why should this time be any different? The market’s tough. Agents’ slush piles are massive. For the first time my confidence nose-dived at a live pitch. I had to force myself to send out even a few more queries. When I didn’t make it into the final round of the GUTGAA agent contest, I almost gave up. But I entered the Hook, Line and Sinker contest anyway. And I made it into the final round.

No sooner did the final round go live than I got a request for the first 50 pages and a synopsis from a new agent. I sent them out. A few hours later, the agent requested a full. About 24 hours later, I received an email with an offer of representation and an invitation to chat on the phone.

I’d heard stories about agents staying up all night to read a manuscript and falling in love. But I never dreamed it would happen to me.  Best of all, when I spoke to the agent on the phone, I quickly realized the connection wasn’t one-sided. She was everything I’d wanted in an agent and was backed by a fantastic agency.  I’m so glad I kept pushing my writing to the next level—and never gave up the search.

I am thrilled to announce that I have signed with the amazing Pooja Menon of Kimberly Cameron & Associates.  http://www.kimberleycameron.com/pooja-menon.php

(This is a photo take from the shop's front stoop the other day. A double rainbow. Could it get any better?)
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(Anonymous)

Agent

Oh I am SO SO excited for you! Congratulations!!!

Re: Agent

Thank you. I'm totally thrilled!
Thrilled for you, Pat! Congratulations. ^_^
Thank you. It's been a huge help to read your blog and have your support along the way. But I still have a long ways to go.
Congratulations!!!
Thanks! I'm doing a lot of thinking about the Hatrack days right now.
This is wonderful news, Pat! You've worked long and hard, and I'm smiling on your behalf. Way to go!!!!
Thank you. But seriously, I might not have stuck with it, if it wasn't for all my internet writing friends.
WOOT COngratulations!
Woot and double woot! I really am freaking happy.
Yay! Congratulations!
Thank you so much!
As you know, I LOVE this manuscript and am THRILLED for you that you found someone who loved it as much!!! Let the celebrations begin!
I'm so glad you were there at NE SCBWI--that was a turning point for me. And you were the person who had to suffer through listening to me babble excitedly.

And your match is out there, very close I hope.
Thank you. Man, I feel like a huge weight have been lifted. This has been one long haul.
Congratulations! That's AWESOME!
It is a truly wonderful feeling to connect with the right agent. Energizing and plain fantastic!
Wonderful news!!
Just heard the wonderful news from the BB. Eeeeeeeeeee! Congrats!

(Anonymous)

Thank you. It was hard to decide where to share the good news first, but the BB was at the top of my list.
Congratulations you really deserve this amazing news
That means a lot to me, especially coming from someone like you who is working so hard toward the same goal.

What an inspiring story!

I love knowing your journey to finding your incredible agent, and I'm thrilled to have witnessed the connection being made in the Hook, Line & Sinker contest. I look forward to seeing your book in my local bookstore!

Re: What an inspiring story!

What made if even sweeter was that there were so many good entries in HLandS. The challenge is part of the thrill.

(Anonymous)

agent signing

Fantastic news! Your story is perseverance in action. Your work and skills paid off and you so deserve this success. Well done, Pat!

Re: agent signing

Thank you. And I might have felt like I was loosing faith, but I had started to write a new story. I guess that's the craziness.
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Those have to be the sunniest sparkles ever! And that is exactly how I feel, finally.
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