Jun
16

Checkpoint #1: Partial Request!!!

All-Caps & Exclamation Points!

I've calmed down a bit now.  (Trust me, I really have.)

BUT TONIGHT I GOT MY FIRST PARTIAL REQUEST FROM A REAL LIFE, HONEST-TO-GOODNESS, LITERARY AGENT!!!! (Based out of NEW YORK, no less!!!!!)

I should start with a disclaimer.  I do in fact realize that this is only the first checkpoint in a very long and unlikely process. But it's the first degree of success I've had in querying so I'm totally going to bask in the glory here for a bit!

Here's how the night played out:

[Visiting my Mom, sitting with her watching American Ninja Warrior and Spartan Ultimate Team Challenge]

Me: Browsing through my email lazily... spots an email from Lisa Rodgers, JABberwocky Literary Agent (DID I MENTION JABBERWOCKY!!?!?!?!?!?!?!) Forgets to breathe.

Me: Opens the email, reads the first line (which is a variant on the same first line as EVERY SINGLE form rejection message out there: "Thanks very much for letting me take a look at the fist 10 pages").  Heart sinks.  

Me: A heartbeat later, realizes THERE WAS AN EXCLAMATION POINT ON THAT FIRST SENTENCE!  Eyes forget how to focus.  "Oh my god."

Mom: (concerned) "What is it?"

Me: Mouth forgets to connect to brain...  "<insert babbling jibberish here>"  Gestures like a cave man to Blackberry.  Finally shoves Blackberry towards mother's face.

[brief freak-out fest ensues]

After I calmed down enough to function, I emailed the rest of my immediate family, followed by my good friend and fellow sci-fi author, Eric Thomson, who I interviewed in my last blog post.  

To Eric's credit, he replied almost instantaneously. THAT particular exchange went something like this:

Me:!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! [with agent's reply included]

EricYay!Smiling face (black and white)Now take a deep breath. You're turning blue

Me: I need to make a blog post!

EricYou need to go for a 10k run before that blog post.  I can feel you vibrating with tension one time zone away.

So I drove home, grabbed the dog, and tackled a few kms of pavement. Then I sat at my computer and made a little graphic commemorating my present state of mind. (See below... I think you'll agree that I'm CLEARLY taking this all in stride and retaining a calm and level head about it all.)   ;)

I'm off to obsess about every coma, paragraph break, and word choice in the first 75 pages of my manuscript... WISH ME LUCK!

can you send me the 1st 75 pages?

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