Tuesday, September 14, 2010

I Have an AGENT? How Did THAT Happen?

It came yesterday. The author/studio agreement.

I signed a copy to mail back. I put the other copy up on my fridge to look at everyday, at least for a little while. I haven't been this proud of an accomplishment since I got my Master's, y'all.

Dreamy McAgent loves EVANGELINE. She even read my revisions and got back to me during Labor Day weekend. Of course, I didn't think I'd hear from her for at least three weeks, so I vowed not to waste any time during my Labor Day weekend pouting over my empty gmail inbox. Now I may never have to use that gmail account ever again, since it was only for querying.

Who is this amazing woman who was kind enough to get back to me as soon as possible about my manuscript, even during a holiday weekend? Why, none other than Rosemary Stimola, of Stimola Literary Studio. She' s signed quite a few other YA authors in the past year, like Leah Clifford, and also represents an author named Suzanne Collins. You may have heard of a certain book trilogy she wrote? ;)

Rosemary Stimola, or Ro Stimo, as she signs her emails, was interested in the story from the start, but she also had enough recommendations for two rounds of revisions. Her analysis of the manuscript really helped me look at it more critically, and I could see that she really knew her stuff! On top of that, she was quick. Lightning fast! She requested my query in days, and got the manuscript back to me in a month each time. Well, except the last time. That was about ten days. Amazing!

Yes, it's still so surreal, and no, I'm not still laughing maniacally every time I'm reminded of the fact I have an AGENT! Mwah-ha-ha-ha! Only just that once, I swear I'm done.

My crit buddies deserve medals for what they helped me do to improve this manuscript. I also wanted to thank all my followers for providing so much emotional support and encouragement during my journey to representation.

Wish me luck for submissions, and I promise to keep you all posted.

Mwah-ha-ha-ha-ha!

63 comments:

Weronika Janczuk said...

TEREEEE!!!!!!!! YAY. Congrats! A friend of mine, Swati, is repped by Rosemary, too, and absolutely loves her. Calls Rosemary her fairy godmother. :-)

You totally deserve it!

Frankie Diane Mallis said...

Tere!!!! That's awesome! CONGRATS! I'm smiling so wide right now--what fantastic news and Rosemary is AMAZING! Go you! And good luck in submissions! *happy dance*

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

*gasp* I can hardly type,I'm so excited for you...Congratulations, Tere, this is fabulous! From the little I've read, Evangeline is so intriguing, I can't wait to read it someday. *dancing*

Abby Annis said...

I know I've already gushed, but I'm still so happy for you! Congratulations! Good luck on submissions. Can't wait to see Evangeline on the shelves! :)

Caroline Starr Rose said...

This is fabulous!! And Rosemary Stimola? Wow.

Hooray!

Amanda said...

Congrats!!!!!!!!!!!!! SOOOOO Awesome! I put my contract up on my fridge too! hehe. It's like getting an "A" only a million times better! Good luck with submissions!

Plamena said...

Yay!!! How are you hoping the cover will look ; )?

Laura Marcella said...

Congratulations!!! This is super exciting. Enjoy the moment and good luck!

Carolina Valdez Miller said...

Congratulations!!! That is such exciting news. Rosemary seems like a super agent! Way to go, chickadee!

paulgreci said...

Congrats!! That is great news!! Good luck on the next part of your journey:-)

Michelle Davidson Argyle said...

Awesome stuff! CONGRATS!

Tere Kirkland said...

Thanks, y'all! I'm still in shock even though it's been a whole week!

Seeing the contract on my fridge is a great reminder, though! ;)

Hannah Kincade said...

OMG!! THAT'S GREAT NEWS!!!! GOOD LUCK WITH EVERYTHING!! SQUEEEEEEEEE!!!

lbdiamond said...

Congrats!!! How exciting! :D

Susan R. Mills said...

Congratulations! I'm so excited for you. Can't wait till the book comes out.

Mara Nash said...

So incredible! Congrats. And good luck with submissions!

sarahem said...

Wow, that's amazing. Congrats!!

Corey Schwartz said...

Wow! That's AWESOME! She has a great reputation. I'm so happy for you!

Icy Roses said...

OMG congratulations!!!!! I hope this is the beginning of a very happy relationship for you guys (sounds like I'm congratulating you on a marriage, lol).

Theresa Milstein said...

Wow. Congratulations! I think the fridge is a good place for the letter. I wish you the best of luck during submissions - round 2.

Christine Fonseca said...

WOO HOO!!!!!!!!!!! THAT is amazing news! She is FABULOUS!

Jade said...

I'm so glad it's not a sekrit anymore!! I know I've already said it, but you deserve one more: CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!

Shannon Whitney Messenger said...

OMG HOW DID I NOT SEE THIS POST EARLIER???? AHHHHH so happy for you! HUGE Congrats! I hope you're out celebrating!

Can't wait to read about the mega book deal I'm sure is coming. :)

Christine Danek said...

**happy dance** Congrats--this is so awesome.
Good luck in submissions.

Sandy Shin said...

Oh wow. Yay, congratulations! That's really amazing. Good luck with submissions!

Stephanie Perkins said...

HUUUUGE congratulations, Tere! I'm so happy for you!!

Wendy Sparrow said...

Yay!!!!! I'm so excited for you. I gasped when I saw the name of your agent. (I knew she was Suzanne Collins agent) That so totally rocks. I can't believe it!!!! Awesome!!!!

Renee Collins said...

WOW!!! That's fantastic!! And to land Rosemary Stimola?! Way to go!! :D

K. M. Walton said...

I heard of your amazingly amazing news via someone's tweet. Nice going and I wish you the biggest congratulations!!!! Enjoy the ride...it feels goooooooood.

Babydoll said...

Woohoo! Congratulations and GOOOOOOOOOOOD LUCK! I found you via Abby Annis. Congrats again!

Melissa said...

Congratulations! This is awesome news!

Stephanie Thornton said...

YAHOO! I'm so excited for you- CONGRATULATIONS!

Krispy said...

I already SQUEED at you about this, but CONGRATS!!! YAY!!! I'm so excited for you!!!

Shannon O'Donnell said...

Waaaa-hooooooo! Oh, Tere, that is such wonderful news! I could not be happier for you and Evangeline!!!! :-)

Michelle McLean said...

that's incredible news! Congrats congrats congrats!!!!!

Leah Clifford said...

YAY! I was wondering what had happened and just stumbled upon this! HUGE CONGRATS and Ro is nothing short of amazing. She continues to make me swoon over her awesomeness :)

Chelle818 said...

Awesome news! Congrats! Good luck on submissions. I can't wait to buy it!

Tere Kirkland said...

Thanks again, y'all!

After all these sweet comments, it's finally sinking in that this is really happening!

(HUGS)

~Tere

Janet Johnson said...

Eeeeee!!!! congratulations! So absotively fantastic! :D

Mystery Robin said...

Congratulations!!! Love that she signs her mail Ro Stimo. ;)

Hardygirl said...

I'm so happy for you!! WOO HOO!!!

And, Ro is great! I met her at my very first writing conference.

sf

Valerie Geary said...

Whoohoo! I missed this somehow yesterday, but a big congrats to you today!! :D

JEM said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!

L.T. Elliot said...

CONGRATULATIONS, TERE! I'm so happy for you!

Eric said...

Congratulations big time! I am not surprised of course, since you've impressed me from the get-go. I am happy for you though. I hope you're celebrating!

Stina Lindenblatt said...

I just saw your HUGE news on Shannon Messenger's blog. I can't believe I missed your announcement. (obviously you don't blog when I do). ;)

CONGRATS!!!!!!!

Julie said...

Heard about your big news from Shannon's blog and had to come say Congrats!

Best wishes for your publishing future! :)

Lola Sharp said...

I've been unplugged (working on revisions), so I'm sorry I'm late to the party...but...

WOOHOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!

*tosses confetti* *throws streamers* *blows horn* *pops cork* POP! *pours bubbly* Cheers! *clink*

•♪♫•*¨*•.¸.Gonna party like it's your birthday ♪♫•*¨*•.¸.Drink Bacardi like it's your birthday!.¸.•*¨*•♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸♪♫ Celebrate good times, come on! It's a celebration•♪♫•*¨*•.¸.
(end medley)

May Evangeline bring bidding wars asap!

Love,
Lola

Sara B. Larson said...

Wow, congratulations!!! That is so exciting. :D

beth said...

YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am sososososososo happy for you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Congratulations!

Nicole Zoltack said...

Congrats!!! :)

Claire Dawn said...

Awesome! Congrats :D

lotusgirl said...

Congrats. She's one of the best.

Karen Denise said...

HOLY CRAP!!!! How did I miss this! I'm SOOO Happy for you. And you've landed an awesome agent! She's on my list. Wouldn't it be cool to be agented buddies? I guess that's the way you say it. Again, Tere, I'm SO happy for you!

Sara McClung ♥ said...

omg CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!! I LOVE posts like these :) I'm so super happy for you :) :) :)

Solvang Sherrie said...

Congratulations! That's awesome!

Elana Johnson said...

AAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


That is all.

Okay, CONGRATS!! This is huge -- I can't wait to read about your mega-sale and say "Yeah, I knew her when."

You = amazing.

Kimberley Griffiths Little said...

Hey, CONGRATS!!! Rosemary is awesome! I know several of her authors. And I'm here by way of, um, now I can't remember. But we have a lot of friends in common here. Elana, Solvang Sherrie, Stephanie, Sarah Frances, Caroline, Beth . . . your book sounds fantastic, too. I just pubbed a MG set in the bayous of Louisiana and just turned in the next one to my editor (Scholastic) so I can't wait to read about your sale and then read THE BOOK itself. Enjoy!

Dawn Simon said...

I'm sooo excited for you! Congrats, congrats, congrats!

Jennifer Shirk said...

SUPER CONGRATS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

52 Faces said...

Wow wow wow how lucky! Congrats!

I loved your comment on The Literary Lab's Don't Rush the Finish Line post about counterintuitive measures to focus; I just had to come on over here to say hi. :)

KLM said...

I know I'm way late to the party here, but congrats! (I am catching up on all my blog readng this week since I just sent off my 2nd ms to my agent last Friday. September/early Oct was a blur...)

Best of luck to you. I look forward to spending my hard-earned money on a copy of "Evangeline."

cheers,
Kristen

Roni Loren said...

Just saw on my blog that you mentioned you had an agent! So sorry I missed this announcement! I've been a bad blog follower to everyone the last few months. But even though it's very late, CONGRATS!!!! That's amazing news. :)