Agented

February 22, 2010 at 3:40 PM | Posted in News, Publishing, teen fiction, Uncategorized, Writing, YA | 13 Comments

How does someone write a post like this? There are a million ways to try to convey the excitement. But I guess in the end the only way is the simple way, to just type out the words:

I am now represented by a literary agent. Natalie Fischer of the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency.

(SQUEEEE!)

Now the above was my pathetic attempt to sound professional. I will now just tell you guys the story without any kind of pretense because you’ve known me too long to think I actually think like that.

I started my writing career with a story about a princess, locked away in a tower, waiting to be rescued. I was in second grade, and I added a few illustrations, folded the pieces of paper to open like a book, and proudly presented my novel to be read to everyone I could wrangle into listening. I never did get around to writing the “sequel” I had planned.

The Virginity Thief came after a few more attempts, some of which came with query attempts, as well.  I brought characters to life, killed some, weaved some good plots and some bad; all until I got Mari Abdo’s voice in my head and I just couldn’t get it out. I knew I needed a plot worthy of Mari, and VT was born when I was 18 years old.

I started querying VT mid-January. I got a lot of rejections and a few requests, but in the end it wasn’t a query that got me an agent. Special thanks goes to Karla Calalang for this. Natalie Fischer joined AbsoluteWrite just as my novel was in the end of revision stages and I was to start querying. She was interested in Karla’s work and also in the work of any friends whose names Karla thought to pass on. At the same time, I got Karla in on an interview with Natalie for TWFT (read the interview here). It was a great interview and I learned a lot about the woman who would eventually be my agent.

Natalie found herself at my blog. She read VT’s description and asked me for the first 50 pages. I was ecstatic, and even more ecstatic when she sent me an e-mail a week later asking for the full. A week more and she told me she loved my novel (what wonderful words!) but needed a second opinion from a fellow Sandra Dijkstra agent to fulfill the agency’s check and balance requirements. Those were the toughest 2 days in my writing history. If anyone knows me, they know I am the most impatient writer alive. But then she sent me editing suggestions and told me if all went well, she’d love to represent me. Within a week I sent in my edited version and, today, officially signed with the agency.

I want to thank all my amazing Twifty and Oldies friends. Without you guys I would never have made it this far. To those of you reading this post who have yet to join AW, do so. It really is a fabulous site where you’ll get to meet people that will be an immense help to your writing.

And also, put yourself out there. I would never have gotten interest from Natalie if I hadn’t approached her for an interview and made sure I had a manuscript “blurb” on my blog. Don’t be afraid to share your story idea at the query stage!

And with that I’ll end this post.

Just one more… SQUEE.

Race

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  1. WOO HOO that is such an awesome story! Congrats!

  2. SQUEEEEE!

    THIS.IS.AWESOME.

  3. WOOT RACE! But seriously though, you so deserved this! VT is SO AWESOME! Seriously! I’m so excited for you and the possibilities for VT! You so need to send me a signed copy ;) :D

  4. THIS IS SO EXCITING RACE! VT SOUNDS AWESOME. I CAN’T WAIT FOR IT TO GO ON SUB.

    Ahem. Caps overload. But seriously, massive congrats!!! :D

  5. OMG! Jealousy! Well done, Race. Let me squee with you, it looks like fun XD

    SQUEEEEE!!

    Another twiftie goes on to dominate the universe! WOOP.

    – It’s-Magic! (Who is rather hyperactive due to fizzy lemon sweets, Polo mints and possibly the fact that another twiftie is making a move :P)

  6. OMG! YAY Race! >___< You go girl! ^____^ *Jumps up and down*

  7. OMG RACE THIS IS SO SO AWESOME!!!!! CONGRATS AND OMG! Lol.

    Can’t wait to see VT on shelves :)

  8. Wow! what an awesome story; congratulations! *waves pom poms*

    -Mandy
    (Feathers on AW)

  9. Squeeee!! You rock, Race!!!!!

  10. Congrats! That was a cool story!

  11. freaking awesome, Race! Woot woot!

  12. OH MY GOD OH MY GOD RACE YAY YAY YAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAY
    -is late, doesn’t care-
    YAYAYAYAY CONGRATULATIONS SQUEEEEEEEE
    \o/

  13. Wow! Congrats! (Do you realize that “congrats” has almost become cliche? But, really, I mean it. :D )

    I love reading stories like these. When you look at it from a writing point of view, the good guy wins. ;D I’d love to hear more about your experiences through the pub. process!

    I joined AW a little while back but haven’t had the time to fully explore it. It’s definitely on my list of things to do, however!

    -Madeleine


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