Last year, I wrote a little about my journey to getting an agent on Apocalypsie Corinne Jackson's blog. That was a hard post to write, and involved more than a few tears, but here's the basic story.
After much trial and tribulation, I got an agent. And then we broke up. I thought it would be easy to find another agent since I'd already had one. I was wrong.
I got to know Lauren MacLeod via Twitter while I was working for another agent, and eventually did send her a query. She requested! And then rejected. Later, I sent her another query. She requested! And then rejected.
But we were still friendly on Twitter and I knew she liked my writing and ideas. I knew she was waiting for me to give her not only something she loved, but something she could sell. There's no point in taking something on unless you're confident it will sell -- I understood that.
During the time she was rejecting me, I was working on another story, then called ERIN INCARNATE, and I was hopeful it had everything she wanted from me, and more. But not exactly confident since she'd already rejected me twice. *g*
A few weeks later, Lauren -- who knew that I had an unusual sleeping schedule due to my husband's job -- was stalking my Twitter feed waiting for me to say something. She wanted to know I was awake . . . and when I posted, she immediately called me. I hadn't even had coffee yet, and she called to offer representation. I was stunned, overjoyed, and highly suspicious of this being a prank. But it wasn't!
Third time really was a charm. (Either that, or she realized I was serious about sending her books until she said yes. Regardless, it worked out.)
I am seeking representation for my young adult science-fantasy, ERIN INCARNATE, complete at 80,000 words. Why no, I'm not giving up until you say yes. Because you're awesome.
When Erin was born, someone who should have been reborn was not.
For five thousand years, a million souls have been reincarnated into new bodies, retaining their minds and memories of past lifetimes. Erin is the newsoul -- nosoul, they call her -- raised in isolation. On her eighteenth birthday, she leaves her negligent mother and sets out to discover her origins, and whether she'll be reborn like everyone else.
A mysterious man named Sam offers aid. She wants to trust him, but he hides his motivations and theories about her existence.
Surrounded by people who see her as an ugly omen for the future -- what if more nosouls replace people? -- she must untangle Sam's half-truths and ward off her mother's newfound interest. The ruling Council forbade anyone to harm Erin, but someone is trying to kill her, or use her, and the only way to save herself is to uncover the mistake that gave her someone else's life.
ERIN INCARNATE is the first in a planned trilogy. ERIN ASUNDER and ERIN ETERNAL are plotted and ready to be written. In the end, Erin must decide what is more important: billions of people who never lived, or her eternal life with the man she loves.
To further my experience in the publishing industry, I read slush for the now-closed Rappaport Agency [www.rappaportagency.com]. Before that, Jenny Rappaport was briefly my agent. We parted ways on good terms.