Justine: Getting “The Call”

 Okay, maybe not THE call, but I got an email last week from one of the contest coordinators of a contest I finaled in. One of the judges, an agent, requested a full of my manuscript.

*cue excited screams alternated with hyperventilating*

Needless to say, I did a happy dance. With my sister (the advantage of being with family when you receive good news like that!).

After I had calmed down a bit, I wondered why I was so excited about THIS particular request. Was it my dream agent? No, not really. I mean, she’d been on my radar, but she certainly wasn’t in my crosshairs. Was it the contest? Again, no. Don’t get me wrong, I’m thrilled to final in any contest, but this one didn’t hold anything special for me.

It came to me later: this request came after she’d read my manuscript. She’d READ it. And LIKED it enough to ask to see more.

I have received other requests…when pitching. Those were great and, at the time, very exciting, but I sort of expected it (yeah, yeah, I know…I sound elitist). However, I didn’t expect it because I think I’m some terriffic writer. I expected it because, short of getting an agent or editor that doesn’t rep your genre or who just sold something similar to someone else, most agents/editors will ask for your MS. Sometimes a partial. Sometimes a full. At least that’s what I’ve been told and my evidence seems to be sound. Of all the pitches I’ve done, only one agent declined to request anything (but she also insisted “historical is dead” and she was already repping another author who wrote Regencies).

The truth is, we all hope to final in contests, so we can GET our MSs in front of agents/editors without slogging through the slush pile. And we want them to read our MSs in the hope-of-all-hopes that they’ll see something with potential and will ask for more.

This has certainly been the case for me. I’ve finalied in four contests this spring and I hope that means there will be more interest.

Of course, it also means I have to Finish The Damn Book.

*sigh* No more dancing. Back to work.

After Nationals, that is!


If you’re coming to Nationals, look for us! We’ll have our Eight Lady sihlouettes on our name badges. We look forward to meeting you!

8 thoughts on “Justine: Getting “The Call”

  1. Justine, I’m so pleased for you! Have a super time at the Nationals – you know how envious I am so enjoy it (and take lots of notes to share!). And then nose to the grindstone – I expect your next post to have a DEADLINE for finishing the damn thing!

    • Yes, I need a deadline! Smart, smart thing to do. And I need to be held accountable. I think my days of public due dates are drawing near!

      I promise to take good notes! Wishing you were here (maybe next year, hint! hint!).

    • Oh, my sons would so get the “leveling up” thing, but you’re exactly right, Micki! And you’re on the mark about the confidence thing, too. I may strike out on pitches this year, but if I do, oh well. I’ve got someone else in my back pocket. 🙂

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