As mentioned in the title...I have huge news. When I say huge, I mean H U G E. First of all, I'm going to say that none of this would have happened if it weren't for God. ALL of the credit goes to him and his infinite wisdom. Okay...so here's my story.
I wrote a book. An actual, finished book. It had been edited and edited. And I thought it was ready. In my small, slightly arrogant, younger mind, I thought every publisher would be swept away by its awesomeness. How could they refuse me and my incredible work of art? News flash: They did. One publisher said it wasn't right for them. One publisher said that it needed a lot of work, but it was a "diamond in the rough". As I revised, submitted, and got rejected, I wasn't sure if this was God's plan for me. So, I sent out one final round of queries.
Some rejected me, others never responded (which meant they rejected me). I decided that I wasn't going to publish The Clockshifter, at least not for a while.
Then one day when I didn't have a lot of homework, Tessa Emily Hall, who I had followed since I became serious about writing posted that she had become a junior agent and was seeking clients. She was looking for books in The Clockshifter's genre and wanted to work with authors who fit my description. After fangirling for a moment, I dived into a book proposal. I used a book proposal I'd written for a previous draft and did a major overhaul on it. I researched things using my handy Go Teen Writers book and the Internet. This was my last attempt and I was going to make it count. I didn't really believe anything would come of it, but hey, if God wanted this thing published, He would do something, right?
The next day, I received an email from Tessa. In a nutshell, it said, "I'm interested." I gasped, then my eyes filled with tears. God had a plan all along. This was way better than those other obscure agents I submitted to before. I started to pray and pray and pray. I felt led to do this. I worked tirelessly on another round of edits, adding more words, just like she asked.
For a while, I didn't hear back. I started to lose hope.
One day in art class (don't freak out, I was using my phone to look at a reference photo), an email came in. "I want to set up a call," it said. I lost it. Right there in class. I couldn't stop smiling, tears filled my eyes, and I had to explain to everyone what had just happened.
God was at work.
The day of the call came, and I was ready. I researched "The Call" online and knew what to expect and what to prepare for. I outlined my career goals and obstacles I might face. But when the call came, the agent basically said, "Pray about it, but I'm offering you a contract."
And that's the story of how I got a literary agent.
There. That's my big news. Someone is taking a chance on me and my book I started writing on at 14-years-old.
God does amazing things. I thought that so many different agents would be The Right Ones, but they weren't. God had something great in mind, so much greater than I could ever imagine.
Ladies and Gentlemen, God is amazing. He ALWAYS has a plan that's far greater than anything you can imagine!
I'm pleased to announce that I'm now represented by Tessa Emily Hall and Cyle Young with Hartline Literary Agency.
Excuse me while I do another happy dance.