I am so, so excited to announce that I am now represented by the amazing Danielle Smith at Foreword Literary! Do you know Danielle? She’s runs a book review site called There’s a Book, where I saw that she has essentially the exact same taste in children’s literature that I do. And so when she became an agent, I had to send her a query.
Let me back up a moment and talk about my querying process. I spent 2012 with a severe case of submit-o-phobia. Last summer I started cautiously sending out my one polished story (and by “cautiously” I mean I sent it out twice). Then someone in my critique group got an agent, and she stressed how her agent stressed that it was really important to have more than one story. Preferably three.
So my submit-o-phobia said, “Ha! Told you so!” and I stepped back and wrote a lot more. I needed more than one story. And thank goodness for Julie Hedlund and her 12×12, because that pushed me to keep writing, and keep writing more, and pretty soon I had three polished stories and three more almost-theres.
But my submit-o-phobia still made me cautious, so I only queried agents that I could tell liked the same kinds of stories that I do. Because, this may shock you but: I tend to write kind of wacky offbeat stories. So what would be the point in submitting to someone who showed a preference for stories about fluffy bears who cuddle with their mommies? I needed an agent who might appreciate a story about a fluffy bear who finds out that his mommy put an exploding sandwich in his lunchbox by mistake.
So this is to say that I am OVER THE MOON EXCITED that Danielle likes my stories and asked to represent me, because she is completely awesome, and knows everything about children’s books, and and and. I might be a little too giddy. I’m having trouble formulating grammatically correct thoughts.
I am being totally insufferable to Dave. He’ll say, “Do you think we bought enough mortar?” and I’ll say, “Maybe I should ask MY AGENT.” Or he’ll say, “What’s for dinner?” and I’ll say, “I don’t know. Do you think MY AGENT has any ideas about dinner?”
For right now this means lots of fun work getting my stories in tiptop shape! HURRAY! Have I told you I’m excited?