Friday, November 07, 2008

Pinch Me...!

It's Fall—my favorite season—the grass all dappled with red and orange and green and yellow. Smoke on the breeze. My favorite meal in the oven spreading its intoxicating aroma through the house—oniony pot roast, mmmm.... I can relax now. Happy in the best news I've had in months.

I am so thrilled to announce that I have an agent. A FABULOUS agent! Elana Roth from the Caren Johnson Literary Agency is taking The Well of Spirits out into the world and helping me to build my career as a YA writer.  When I talked to her last week, I knew right away that we were in sync.  I liked the way she saw things unfolding and the way she "got" my book.  Her instincts for revision were dead on, and her professionalism right on key.  I was flying!

Now, believe it or not, I still had two other agents reviewing my manuscript.  I emailed them to let them know that I had an offer.  And (to my surprise) they both responded that they would like to have the week to finish.  One of them had been my mentor at the Rutgers One-on-One, and I really liked her.  She is sharp and savvy and interested in the actual history behind my books.  She did call and say that she would like to see some revision before she made an offer.  While we didn't get into a lot of detail, the revisions she had mentioned earlier were not exactly what I was seeing for this book and the size of her client list and agency was a little daunting.   

As I suspected, I had met the right agent already.  What a great feeling!  Woohoo!  So, my agent and I (ooohh, I love the sound of that) have a plan, and things are starting to move.  I can't wait to get my teeth into publishing and actually start writing that next book.   

For now, I'll sink my teeth into some pot roast.  And maybe wash it down with a little champagne! 


  1. That is absolutely AWESOME!

    Congratulations, Mary Ann.


  2. Consider yourself pinched!
    Yeah! It's real ...
    Congratulations! And here's wishing you quick revisions and an even quicker sale.

  3. Hooray for you! I'm happy things are beginning to pan out for you, Mary Ann - that you finally found a great agent you click with and your writing is attracting some attention. I firmly believe that good things happen to those who are patient and work hard.

  4. Oh dear, Mary Ann. See you did have time to blog about this. ;)

    I'll say it again ... I'm so very thrilled for you. Let's hope for smooth revisions and a quick sale.

  5. Congratulations, Mary Ann. I followed your post from Blueboards. Must be an awesome feeling.

    Hope you make a quick sale!

  6. Mary Ann, I'm soooooo thrilled for you! Congratulations! I know how hard you worked to get to this place!

    Best of luck in the coming weeks and hope we are celebrating a sale soon! :)

  7. Isn't fall THE BEST?

    And congrats on the agent -- when you meet the right one, you know. Woo-hoo!

  8. I love an "agent success" story! How wonderful to make a great connection and have your manuscript on the road to publication!


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