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I can finally go public with this as of last week! I now am represented by The Jennifer Lyons Literary Agency! I found out that they were looking for children's writers via an email from the head of the Children's Lit program at Hollins. I hadn't been sending "Tapestry Threads" out for a long time, mainly because it had gotten so many rejections (I need to do an exact count of my submission spreadsheet, as a lot of lines are requests for partials, requests for full, etc, but by my estimates it has at least 50 and maybe as many as 70) that I thought I needed to do some overhauling. I'd gotten so many "like it, lot of good things here, just don't love it" rejections, though, that I thought it was still in submittable form. Well, this last submission was the one! I heard back within a month (which is impressive under any circumstances, but this was also right after Hurricane Sandy hit!) that the agent wanted to talk with me on the phone. This is difficult to schedule, as I can't do phone calls with Wyrmling around and she doesn't have a regular nap schedule, but we managed to make contact on November 20th and they offered to represent me! I'm still having trouble believing this is real.

Reason it took me so long to publicly announce was it took me until January to get a contract. They got me started on revisions (which weren't that extensive at all; I at first was a bit daunted when they suggested getting them done by Jan 1, but once I looked at what they wanted, it wasn't that hard at all and only required adding two scenes and re-writing the ending), but I still didn't have a contract. I hated to bug them, so I didn't mention anything about it until I sent them the revisions just after Christmas. Well, turns out they either HAD sent it and it got lost in the mail, or someone thought someone else had sent it. Either way, they thought I had it. That's now straightened out, I received and sent it back last week, and I can now officially announce my representation!

This still doesn't seem real. I believed in this manuscript so much, but it really seemed like something just wasn't clicking and I was going to have to do a major re-write. But knowing that someone, especially someone with 20 years experience, believes in it enough to market it, is a real boost. What's even better, I now have ideas for as many as 6 sequels and companion novels, rather than just 2. A comment from the agent lead me to a sequel with one of the characters from "Tapestry," rather than the companion novel I'd been working on and thinking about for a while now. I know that this is not a guarantee of publication, but it did my ego a heck of a lot of good, and got me writing again. That last part is the important part.

So, please, if you believe in a manuscript, don't give up submitting it. You never know who is going to believe in it the same way you do.


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Jan. 17th, 2013 10:33 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! :)
Jan. 17th, 2013 10:44 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! That's awesome! :D
Jan. 18th, 2013 02:16 am (UTC)
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