*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!