Hi. This will be a SUPER SPEEDY update on The Great Agent Pickle Of 2011:
In August 2008, I began writing the story that would become The Clearing. In January 2009 I landed a wonderful agent. In April 2009 we went on submission with The Clearing for the first time. In October 2010 we went on submission for the last time. In February 2011, my wonderful agent gave me the idea to self-publish the book. In September 2011, I planned to send her a brand new manuscript called Pull. But I never did.
Because she’s no longer an agent.
I attempted to transfer to someone else within Trident (the Someone Else I referred to a couple times before) but it didn’t happen. Disappointing? A bit.
After the five minute panic attack in the school bathroom (you know I had to get some weeping out of my system), I started to feel strangely excited. Here’s why:
1) Even though I originally felt like I would be right back where I started, I’m not. I’ve got OODLES more experience as a writer and I’ve got a much deeper online presence. And, AND, I totally get how all this works now. My expectations are reasonable. And I feel confident. I freaking LOVE the story of Pull. I’m confident someone else will love it, too.
2) Being unrepresented means the possibilities are limitless. Don’t get me wrong–I *loved* working with Alanna. Like, LOVE loved. But the agents I’m planning to query now are completely awesome. I’m excited to see what happens with them.
3) This is an experience that I can totally use to encourage other writers. As in: “Hey, you might get an agent, but then you might lose him/her, and that’s okay! YOU WILL NOT DIE!”
So as you might imagine, I’m running around with my hair on fire trying to get decent query letters together. I’ve already sent two (eeep!) and I’ll be sending more throughout the week. That might sound a bit quick, but let me assure you, I’ve basically ATTACKED three of my dear writer friends with draft after draft of THE QUERY LETTER.
(Also Eisley, although she was spared the brunt of the Query Attack. COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS, Jacobs.)
Aw, look, this post doesn’t have any pictures yet. WAIT. I am here for you.
Because really, what would this blog be without a kitten picture?
Keep me in your thoughts, friends. I’m back on the Query Train!