*Gulp* I have BIG news! I can’t believe I have the news that I have been dreaming about sharing since I learned about the path to becoming a published author.
And not just any agent. The One! You’ve read the blog post and heard the spiel, about knowing when the agent is right for you that moment you speak with them. It’s like something clicks and you just know. And I did.
I’ve heard about Jamie’s kindness, thoughtfulness, patience, and intelligence from her other clients for months. Her passion and communication skills seemed like a dream. I queried her in November, and then on sunny December day Jamie requested my full.
And my reaction when she requested? I squee’ed, but mostly I felt honored. I had other fulls out at the time. But knowing Jamie wanted to read my novel meant so much to me. She’s selective and does not over request. I considered this a huge win in my writing journey. You’ve got to celebrate each win, right?! I prayed that the full request would bring me a step closer to Jamie connecting with one of my future manuscript, even if she didn’t connect with my first.
I never felt rushed to have Jamie read my manuscript. I prepped myself for a long wait and wrote another manuscript to distract myself. I thought it couldn’t hurt to have a drafted work in progress in my back pocket to pitch if the time ever came. But time is always funny with me. If I think something is going to happen on a certain time-line, it most certainly won’t. And, this time, it worked gloriously in my favor.
Remember those other fulls I had out? Well, one of them lead to small press offer, which led me into a series of nudges. And then… the most amazing thing happened. I got an email back from Jamie wondering if she could call me to ask some questions that night.
I made sure my husband came home early from work to act as a child guard. With my appropriate documents about the offer, my synopsis, and original query letter spread out across my stove, I waited for her phone call. As I waited, I grabbed a dry erase marker and drew all over my oven’s door and wrote quotes to still my heart. Yes, I was back being a girl with her notebook nervously doodling before her presentation. Except my notebook was my oven. I’m pretty paper-less these days.
When Jamie called that night, her relaxed and bright demeanor put me at ease. Talking to her was like speaking to a great friend that I never knew I missed. She was obviously so much more special than I had imagined. Jamie shared that she would be reading my manuscript the next day and set a date and time for our next conversation.
After I got off the phone with Jamie, I walked up to my husband and told him I’m never querying another agent again. NOT because I assumed Jamie would offer. But because no other agents would ever hold a candle to how I connected with her over the phone. I didn’t just want any agent. I wanted Jamie.
The day of Jamie’s final phone call brought on a lot of nausea. I prepared myself all day and spent a lot of time thinking about how she was feeling. It’s not very often agents are put in a situation where they call a querying author to either offer or pass on their manuscript.
My conversation with Jamie that night was unlike anything I expected. Her words were filled with wisdom and she was kind to me as she explained my options. I never dreamed that in the end, she would offer to represent me and my YA contemporary romance novel, PRIMER. I’m actually scared I’m still dreaming. Every time, I see an email from Jamie, I know God moved a mountain. In one week, PRIMER went from query trenches to representation. I’m still computing it!
I’m honored to have Jamie represent my work. I’m excited to build my writing career with her and to learn from her. She’s an author herself after-all! Oh, and an orthodontist! Talk about an amazing woman. Please check out her website/blog here. I’m thrilled to be a client of Inklings Literary Agency. Thank you Jamie, for including me. 🙂