After three years of querying CHERRY, revising CHERRY, querying and revising and querying and revising and querying and. . . you know. . .
I have an agent, you guys!!!! OMG, I HAVE AN AGENT!!!!!
His name is Brent Taylor. The agency is TriadaUS. And he’s calling me in just about half an hour so I’m going to try to make this quick.
I’m still on Cloud 9, reeling from the events of the past week, when I went from yet another rejection to agent representation. And in the end, it was nothing less than serendipity that led me to Brent. That, or dumb luck. The grace of God, maybe. (Echoes of my mc David Brandt, ringing in my ears.)
Perseverance on my part, for sure. Taking chances. Following my gut.
So there I was, 1500+ miles from home, in Texas, USA. Mr. kk and I were five days into that awesome vacation, visiting my beloved aunt and uncle, having just a great trip, a wonderful time. I’d taken my laptop and one evening, I happened to check my emails and lo and behold, there was an email from an agent who’d worked with Agent X, remember her? She’s the one who’d so graciously offered me the opportunity to revise and resubmit CHERRY, then decided she was leaving agenting for her dream job. BUT, she’d said, there are other folks at this agency, really fine agents so don’t be afraid to query them.
I wasn’t going to, not at first. I sent out seven or eight queries to other agents and then, on a whim, just before we left on our trip, I thought, You know what? I should mosey on over to Agency X, see if somebody else there might be a good fit for CHERRY.
That’s how I found the agent who emailed me, down Texas-way. She liked what she saw (query and first two cpts.) and asked for the synopsis. Which I promptly sent. And then, the next day, she emailed me again. To paraphrase, she said that she could see brilliance in CHERRY, but it was not quite her forte. My novel deserved an agent who was passionate about the story. She had somebody in mind, and in fact had already contacted this person, and he was very interested and so, she said, Query him, kk. Do it soon, don’t wait and good, good luck to you.
So I did.
And within five minutes, I received an email from Mr. Brent Taylor, asking me to please send the full, asap.
Next thing I know, I’m talking to Brent Taylor on the phone, listening to this amazing person tell me how much he loved my book, how much it affected him. . .
He said parts of the story made him cry. I’m doing that right now. I’d better stop, he’s calling here in less than twenty flipping minutes.
The rest, as they say, is history. I’m so, so grateful, so happy, so ready to get this process rolling. Brent has suggested some revisions, which I am open to because, as I told him, I’m at the point now where I want CHERRY to be the best damn novel I can possibly, possibly write, and I’m willing to do what it takes to make that happen, get my novel out there, picked up, sold. Brent is bright, quick, intuitive, I know he is and he loves my book. TriadaUS and its founder, Dr. Uwe Stender, are well respected in the industry. What more can I ask for? I know I’m in capable hands.
I have an agent. And all I can say is, if it can happen to me, it can happen to you. Don’t give up, keep working it. I do want to thank everybody who has helped and supported me, who gave me virtual hugs and kicks in the ass, somehow knowing which I needed at exactly the right time. One of those people is my dear friend mrs fringe, who told me so many months ago, when I was knee-deep in rejections and feeling like nobody would ever take a chance on CHERRY: It only takes one, kk.
You were right, mrs fringe. I found my one. Miracles happen, you guys.