A little background information...
- I started writing in September of 2008.
- I wrote 5 books before starting the one that got me an agent.
- This is my second middle grade project, all the others were YA.
- I received well over 200 rejections when I queried 3 of those 5 books after sending out an even higher number of queries.
- I only sent a total of 6 queries for this project.
- I did a revise and resubmit with Rosemary before she offered representation.
A few months later THE STAR CATCHER AND THE DRAGON THIEF was complete. This idea that had terrified me, the one I thought I had no business writing or could write, poured out of me easier than any of the others, and is my most favorite story I've written or thought of. And lucky for me my dream agent happened to agree. (even after seeing my head shot on the client page I'm still pinching myself to prove this is real)
I have much to learn about writing and publishing, about myself and about life, but what I have learned from querying is: If you bust your butt and write and write and write and revise and revise and you surround yourself with talented and driven people who believe in your ability and dreams and who will be brutally honest about your work, then you'll get there. Ask them for help. Return the favor. Research agents. Make Query Tracker and Literary Rambles your best friends. And Don't. Give. Up.
I am thrilled and honored to take this journey with Rosemary and while it took a bazillion hours of writing, revising, more revising, waiting, and revising again before I queried her, I never would've made it to this point without the support and love of my amazing family and friends. They believed in me every step of the way and I can't thank them enough for all the babysitting, pep talks, reading/critiques, and encouragement. I love you all!
I'll wrap things up with a few photos of some of those people and the surprise breakfast celebration my sister put together for me the morning after I got the big news. I'm blessed beyond words! (as you will see, I am currently obsessed with adding text and art to photos with the Beautiful Mess and Over apps. And I'm not sorry.)
|Me pouring the champagne for the toast|
|Flowers from my family to celebrate a dream come true|
|An artist and a writer OR my friends Nova and Nisha at the surprise celebration breakfast|
|Some of my incredible friends and family who made it to the celebration|
|Fun at the breakfast|
|Official business. Me signing my Stimola Studio agreement in May 2013|
|The gorgeous orchid from my first "hang out in person" writing buddy, Nisha|
Coming soon: Why Rosemary is and was my dream agent!
*Thank you to Ben and Rachel for giving me the final push to get this posted!