What Stace had to say on Friday, March 14th, 2008
I have a story to tell you

So sit on down.

You guys all saw the metrics I posted while writing my last book, a dark uf called Unholy Ghosts. I believe some of you posted the brief snippet I posted too (and have since removed, so no snooping!)

I wrote it. I edited it. I made my friends read it. Several of them offered (after reading it) to give me referrals to their agents, which makes them the most amazing people ever.

I sent out a couple of queries. I waited.

I was lucky. I got some full requests from the first few queries I sent, a short time ago.

So Monday I decided to go for one of my Dream Agents who was not a referral, who I didn’t know and who didn’t know me. Chris Lotts from Ralph Vicinanza Ltd.

I sent the query, thinking, “He’s totally not going to be interested, but I’ll give it a try.”

Three hours later I got a very complimentary request for the full…with a week’s exclusive. Of course, I couldn’t give an exclusive. But I sent it anyway (crossing my fingers) and explained that several fulls were out and that I promised I wouldn’t sign with anyone until I’d spoken to him first. I said I really hoped that was acceptable as I would hate to miss the chance to work with him. All of which was true–I think I barely breathed after sending it.

We exchanged one or two other emails, and I went to bed thinking I had totally blown it. Of course it couldn’t be helped that I’d already sent out other fulls, and I certainly wasn’t going to lie and say I hadn’t, but…I was certain I’d lost his enthusiasm. This is an extremely busy man–surely he wasn’t going to waste his time reading a ms by someone who could get a phone call from another agent any minute, right? In my last response I told him I would take an offer from him extremely seriously and that I had no interest in playing agents off each other–totally true–but would he believe it? Argh! I barely slept.

He emailed me back Wednesday evening. He was well into the book and really enjoying it, was I around for a phone call?

Um…YES!!!?

We talked for about an hour. I feel certain that at least one point I made a total dork of myself. In some places my memory is a bit fuzzy. But there is one sentence he said that I will never, ever forget:

“I really think this is great, and I’d like to represent it.”

And I had an agent.

I sent a query.

I’d never met him. He’d never met me.

He’d never heard of me.

I don’t personally know anyone he represents (of course I’ve heard of them, but never met any of them.)

I don’t think he particularly cared about my credits. I’m sure he thought they were nice to have, and they showed him I could finish a novel and had at least a basic level of professionalism, but in the long run it was Unholy Ghosts that interested him.

I didn’t pay him (of course). I didn’t run into him at a conference or in an alevator somewhere or do an in-person pitch. He isn’t a relative. I didn’t show him a “portfolio”. I didn’t have an offer in hand from a major NY house.

All I did was send a query. And two days later I had an agent. (Who ROCKS!!!!, btw, and I still haven’t started breathing correctly again and some part of me is totally waiting for him to email and tell me he made a mistake, or that I spoke to a Chris Lotts impersonator or something.)

That’s all I did. So next time someone tells you it’s impossible to get a good agent–a great agent–without any of those other things…they’re wrong.

I sent a query and first few pages that he liked so much he kept reading. And kept reading.

I’m not saying my book is the greatest book ever written (you guys know I’m way too insecure and stuff to ever say anything like that, even if I thought it, which I don’t.) But I’m proud of it. I worked hard on it. And if I can do it so can you.

I have an agent!! Squeeeeeeee!

31 comments to “I have a story to tell you”

  1. ChristineEldin
    Comment
    1
    · March 14th, 2008 at 10:36 am · Link

    Congratulations!!! That’s a very nice story!!!
    :-)

    I’m coming from Bernita’s….



  2. Bernita
    Comment
    2
    · March 14th, 2008 at 10:47 am · Link

    Joy.
    Simply that, Dear Girl.



  3. pacatrue
    Comment
    3
    · March 14th, 2008 at 11:23 am · Link

    Well, it’s about time! 😉 Congrats, Dec. May he raise your advances by 80%!



  4. seeleydeborn
    Comment
    4
    · March 14th, 2008 at 12:05 pm · Link

    I have told every singel person who’s walked past my desk since I found out!

    The Man actually squeed.



  5. Charles Gramlich
    Comment
    5
    · March 14th, 2008 at 12:21 pm · Link

    Wow. Cool! Congrats. That’s wonderful news.



  6. Karen Erickson
    Comment
    6
    · March 14th, 2008 at 12:25 pm · Link

    Congrats that’s wonderful news!!! I’m so happy for you! :)



  7. raine
    Comment
    7
    · March 14th, 2008 at 12:43 pm · Link

    Came over from Bernita’s to say
    CONGRATULATIONS, DECEMBER!!
    That’s great news!



  8. kirsten saell
    Comment
    8
    · March 14th, 2008 at 12:48 pm · Link

    Squeeee! right back atcha!

    And Chris Lotts? Holy effing damn!



  9. Sam
    Comment
    9
    · March 14th, 2008 at 12:56 pm · Link

    FABULOUS News!!!!!

    And hugs!!!
    And I still think it’s impossible, but I’m thrilled for you!!!!!!



  10. Anonymous
    Comment
    10
    · March 14th, 2008 at 12:56 pm · Link

    This is where I’d say, “my man” if you were a guy.

    You’ve worked hard and deserve it.

    Mr. Lott, do your agent thang!
    -V95



  11. December/Stacia
    Comment
    11
    · March 14th, 2008 at 1:44 pm · Link

    Thank you so, so, SO much guys. I still feel like I’m going to throw up, lol. (Seriously, I almost did when I got off the phone with him.)

    The most amazing thing happened today. I had a question–about how he’d like to be listed on my website, actually–and I emailed him. And he answered. Within, like, half an hour. And I sat there and stared at the email and thought, Holy fuck, I just emailed my agent and he replied to me. Because he’s my agent. And he didn’t reply to say “Who are you?” or “Um…I rejected you, you crazy person, you’ve imagined this whole thing” or “Actually, I’ve changed my mind.” He just answered the question and said not to feel awkward if I had more questions because everyone did.

    Seriously. It was amazing.



  12. seeleydeborn
    Comment
    12
    · March 14th, 2008 at 1:57 pm · Link

    Holy fuck.

    Dude, you’re so cool.

    (eee, we all get to fangirl squee about knowing YOU!!)



  13. cyn
    Comment
    13
    · March 14th, 2008 at 5:03 pm · Link

    i saw this on AW! couldn’t be happier for you. so jealous too. the query thing is kicking my ass. but you’ve got many more novels under your belt. thank you for inspiring me and CELEBRATE! can’t wait to buy your book from the store! =D



  14. Gabriele C.
    Comment
    14
    · March 14th, 2008 at 5:25 pm · Link

    Wow, big congrats!

    I got an email today by a publisher interested in my work. It turns out he’d found my snippet blog.

    At which point I clicked delete. :) Serious publisher don’t browse the net for writers.



  15. Michele Lee
    Comment
    15
    · March 14th, 2008 at 6:03 pm · Link

    Squueeee! Hooray!! Congrats!! Now pass the luck! 😉
    I hope this means bigger things for you.



  16. Ello
    Comment
    16
    · March 14th, 2008 at 6:26 pm · Link

    I am so happy for you! Congratulations! You give all the rest of us hope. Awesome awesome news.

    I will line up to buy your book!



  17. Kerry Allen
    Comment
    17
    · March 14th, 2008 at 8:19 pm · Link

    w00t!

    Bring on the Downspeak!



  18. Bernita
    Comment
    18
    · March 15th, 2008 at 3:18 am · Link

    I keep coming back to re-read this post and gloat.



  19. BernardL
    Comment
    19
    · March 15th, 2008 at 7:52 am · Link

    Super blow by blow description, D. Great news! :)



  20. December/Stacia
    Comment
    20
    · March 15th, 2008 at 10:59 am · Link

    Thank you guys all so much! You have no idea how great it feels to have everyone so happy for me–honestly I think in some ways THAT feels better than getting an agent did.



  21. Miss Snark
    Comment
    21
    · March 15th, 2008 at 2:45 pm · Link

    He’s lucky to have you!
    I’m thrilled for you.
    Are those squees the reason there are cracks in my ceiling and KY is singing off key?

    Seriously, congrats and best wishes.



  22. December/Stacia
    Comment
    22
    · March 15th, 2008 at 7:44 pm · Link

    See, Miss S, you probably thought I was joking when I said you made me cry, but I wasn’t.

    Thank you so much. I couldn’t have done it without you.

    (And sorry, I’ll stop squeeing soon so you can have some peace and quiet again.)



  23. Devon Ellington
    Comment
    23
    · March 16th, 2008 at 2:20 pm · Link

    Congratulations! That’s fabulous news!



  24. McKoala
    Comment
    24
    · March 16th, 2008 at 6:34 pm · Link

    ecember, this is awesome, awesome news! I am so pleased for you! You totally deserve a fabulous agent who enjoys your great writing and appreciates your hard work!

    Still got time for a guest blog?!



  25. pacatrue
    Comment
    25
    · March 17th, 2008 at 1:17 am · Link

    McKoala, you’ll have to talk to her agent about that. Or perhaps you can contact the World Rights division.



  26. December/Stacia
    Comment
    26
    · March 17th, 2008 at 5:07 am · Link

    Thanks everybody! And lol Paca.

    (Of course I’ll still come guest blog, Mc! I’m getting started on all my guest blogs today.)



  27. Precie
    Comment
    27
    · March 17th, 2008 at 10:32 am · Link

    YAY!!!!!!! I guess I’m late to the party, but I saw your Absolute Write post and then McK’s blog today. So…finally I get to say CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!



  28. Demon Hunter
    Comment
    28
    · March 17th, 2008 at 11:24 am · Link

    Congratulations, December!! That’s wonderful news! I’m late to the party since the computer service died for a while! I’m so proud of you! :*) Yay! :*)



  29. December/Stacia
    Comment
    29
    · March 17th, 2008 at 11:51 am · Link

    Thanks guys!!



  30. Angie
    Comment
    30
    · March 20th, 2008 at 4:45 am · Link

    Woot! That’s so awesome, hon! Congrats! [hugz]

    Angie



  31. December/Stacia
    Comment
    31
    · March 28th, 2008 at 8:47 am · Link

    Thanks Angie! Oops I didn’t see this one until now!



Leave a Reply










XHTML: You can use these tags: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>