December 13, 2013, fell on a Friday. If I’d ever been superstitious about Friday the 13th being an unlucky day, the early morning email I received would’ve quickly put an end to that nonsense. Amy Tipton, of Signature Literary Agency, an agent on the top of my list to query, offered me representation.
(All smiles above examining my contract.)
The dream I have worked toward for years had arrived. Needless to say, I was barely able to control my emotions. And as much as I had planned and prepared for the moment, trying to think of the things to say, questions to ask, how to proceed and still sound like a professional, I found myself sputtering around aimlessly for quite a while.
Then, after taking one step off the clouds, I telephoned my wife. Followed quickly with another to my father. I shot an email to my closest writing friends. Got back on the telephone to call other family members, all of whom shared in my excitement, and although they tried, probably didn’t fully grasp the significance of the announcement.
If you’re reading this, chances are good that you, too, are a writer. Because of that, you will know why I was, and still am, so excited. You’d be aware of the many revisions made to the manuscript before submission. You’d be aware of the many hours of research necessary to target the appropriate agent. You’d be aware of the heartbreak of rejection. And because you may have experienced one, if not all of those, you’ll truly be able to understand the joy and excitement I’m experiencing now because of the offer of representation.
Of course, I accepted her offer. I would’ve been a fool to say no. I felt an immediate connection and so welcomed by her from our first communication. I felt as if it were meant to be.
(Attaching my signature to the contract… and still smiling.)
What do I want you to take from this? Don’t give up. Be persistent. Be aware of your goals. Be professional.… And one day, as with me, it will happen to you.
(Stand by for a future post about the top 10 questions… or more, to ask an agent once you are offered representation