I spent the long weekend on a writing & reading retreat (hello, major deadline) in the city. It was inspiring, challenging, and wonderful.... Total stats: three days, 11,007 new words, countless words deleted & a whole lot closer to finishing this book. xo
I love 'How I Got My Agent' stories, so I figured others out there might be interested in my own journey to representation! So, here goes... PSA: this post is a looooong one ;)
I'm thrilled to welcome my literary agent Alexander Slater of Trident Media Group to the blog today. During the seven years I was queried, trying to find the perfect match for representation (I'll share my 'how I got my agent' story very soon), I read every agent Q&A, blog post, conference workshop recap, tweet, MSWL, and the like I could find.... Alex graciously agreed to a Q&A for my site, and I hope his interview answers inspire you on your writing journey!
I have a secret and *FINALLY* I can share the AMAZING NEWS... Recently I accepted an offer of representation by literary agent Alexander Slater at Trident Media Group (!!). I'm still pinching myself. Alex is encouraging, passionate, smart, kind, and dedicated... He's an incredible supporter of my writing, and I am SO excited about his ideas. 2015 is going to be a great year!
Soon I'll share my 'How I got my agent' story on the blog... I devoured these posts during the many, many years I queried agents, trying to find that perfect match (although this didn't have any bearing on my decision regarding representation, it's a bit poetic that Trident Media Group was the first agency I queried back in 2007!). Alex also graciously agreed to a Q&A, and I'll be posting that this week. Stay tuned for more details, and in the meantime, I'M CELEBRATING!!!!!!!!! xoxo
Too bad there's not a dog in this new middle grade I'm working on (just a cat... and maybe a rattlesnake). Moose is the best. I'm in crazy-deadline-mode this week and next. Over the last few days, I've been holed up writing from two libraries and four coffee shops. Now I'm home typing away, trying to tackle a fearsome 2,500 word count goal before preschool pick-up. Send me positive writing vibes!
We pulled an Elizabeth Gilbert today and went for a New Year's Day hike in search of our spirit animal for 2015 (I'd heard EG talk about this tradition recently in an interview, and loved this idea!). Was it going to be a Red-Tailed Hawk, like we saw hunting last week? Or a foraging Red Squirrel? Um, no.
The first animal spotting on the trail was a Golden Retriever. Not quite what I was expecting, and not wild, but hey, I don't write the spirit animal rules. But if 2015 is marked by in-your-face friendliness, dog naps & dependability, I'm cool with that.
P.S. I have some exciting, BIG news to share with you all, likely next week! I've been going crazy wanting to blab it to the world... Soon!
Wishing you all a wonderful & safe holiday week! We moved to Connecticut (although we'll still be in NYC all the time), spent a few days visiting with family & friends in the DC/VA area, and are welcoming visitors at our new house around the New Year... Feeling really grateful. Here are some pics from a few weeks ago, around Rockefeller Center, Fifth Avenue shops, etc in the city... It was our last Christmas living in Manhattan – So bittersweet!
I don't usually participate in photo challenges on Instagram, but my friends over at the YA Buccaneers orchestrated a #12DaysOfBooks photo-sharing event, and I couldn't pass it up! Here's me and my son attempting a book beard for day one :) Link over to YA Buccaneers to learn the challenge for each day and join in on the fun! And if you want, you can follow me on Instagram here.