Last night I accepted Suzie Townsend's (Fine Print Lit.) offer of representation. She's sending me actual stuff to read and sign, so I'm taking that as official enough to make a blog post.
Now we dance, yes?
Okay, enough of that. People are watching! (Seriously, the things some people do in public...)
For those of you who are interested, here's the timeline:
I sent out queries (Stupidly, I might add, as it was right before Easter, but of course I missed that detail.) Those of you who read this blog will probably be surprised to know that it wasn't Premeditated I queried, but Arclight. I decided to go with the one that had series potential first.
Suzie asked for the full manuscript, which I sent, and I got an email stating that it would probably be 60 days before I heard back because she's got a lot to read. It sounds awful, but that's like a hiccup in publishing years.
I get an email saying she'd checked out Arclight on a break and she was loving it.
Suzie, who is officially the awesomest agent alive for giving feedback to someone she didn't even rep, said she had some thoughts on Arclight. She sent me FOUR PAGES!
Suzie says she's been stuck in the world of Arclight all weekend and asks if she can call me. (This didn't require much thought on my part, but it did look something like this post from Teherah Mafi. Just substitute "call" for "full request".)
Suzie called. I answered. I hopefully did not sound like an idiot.
She offered representation, so I went and emailed all of the other agents who either had fulls, partials or queries. I ended up with an avalanche of requests and a few who backed out because they couldn't read it within a week. (FYI, the week before BEA is not the best time to ask agents to read quickly...)
For the next week, I talked by email with agents and spoke to them on the phone, and in the end... there was no contest. Suzie was the best choice for me. Which leads me to:
I accepted Suzie's offer of representation! I'm officially agented.
So, all in all, not a bad run from query to offer to acceptance. Just a few days over a month.
Now, we dance. Again.
(All right, that's enough. Knock it off so I can go back to revising already!)