Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Agented

I have signed with an agent. The wonderful ladies over at Literary Counsel, Jennifer Mishler and Frances Black, have agreed to represent me and my work, which is as awesome as it is surreal. It will take a few more lifetimes for it to really sink in.

Anyone who's tried their hand at querying agents will tell you how nerve-racking and incredibly scary the process is. I hear of people who have been doing it for years--years--and I really have to admire their determination and perseverance. It can really take a lot out of you. Like your soul, if you're not careful enough.

The editing stage is blissful ignorance because it's just you and your book and you're calling all the shots, but then you get to writing your query letter and devouring Query Shark entries (pun not intended but appreciated) and it really hits you. "Oh crap, someone else decides if my book is good enough to publish. Someone else holds my entire writing career in the palm of their hand." *cue dramatic music*. And you have only a page's worth of space to convince that person that they're going to love your book (without actually coming right out and begging them to read the darned thing because, you promise, it'll be worth their time).

And, of course, there are always rejections. Hopefully these are overshadowed by the giddiness caused by tempered by requests for samples/partials and, if an agent likes what you've sent or you're working some major voodoo, a request for the full manuscript. Which brings me back to my earlier point: I have an agent! Let the celebrating commence!

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  1. Alright! Great news. Hopefully you will be published soon and start earning royalties.

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  2. Amazing!! Congratulations! I'll definitely pick up a copy as soon as it hits the shelves
    Good luck!:)

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  3. I am so happy this story is getting published! It really deserves every bit of recognition it gets! Will definitely be waiting for it to hit stores so I can buy it :D And I can't wait for the sequel!

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    1. Thanks. :D I still need to find a publisher, but this brings me closer to that goal.

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  4. Congratulations it is an amazing book that deserves to be published so it's no surprise that you have already got an agent.

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    1. I appreciate that. Thanks for reading it. :)

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  5. Congratulations!!!!!! I absolutely loved Conduit and you and your works deserve to be published. I cant wait to see you in stores!!! :)

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    1. I'm happy to hear you loved the story, thank you for your support.

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  6. I'll be buying it as soon as I can!! :)

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  7. That is awesome! Congratulations! I hope I can join you in the I-have-an-agent club one day. :)

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    1. I hope so too, and do your best! I'm sure that dream will be a reality someday soon.

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  8. Conduit was fabulous!! I'm so glad you got signed! That's so great! Congrats!

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  9. Hey good for you! Just let us (your fans) know when will it be published, doesn't matter how long it takes, we will go and buy it as soon as it get published :)

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    1. Will definitely keep you up-to-date! Appreciate your support. :D

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  10. I shall await for more news regarding your journey to become an aspiring author :D

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    1. Thanks! I'm really glad to hear that.

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  11. Congratulations!!!

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  12. Yay, out of the books i read on wattpad yours is the one i want in hard copy the most. I just love it and can't wait for the sequel. I have friends sign on to wattpad just to read Conduit. Most of them have become as obsessed as myself.

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    1. Awesome! I'm really glad your friends (and yourself) have enjoyed it. Tell them thanks for me!

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    1. It's too early to tell, but I'll be sure to let you know if anything changes, so check this blog and my Wattpad page every once in a while!

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  14. Congratulations, Hope! And welcome to Literary Counsel, we are agent sisters!

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    1. Hi, it's great to meet you and thank you for the warm welcome! I'm really happy to be part of the team.

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  15. Congrats! Does the happy dance with you lol. I'll buy a copy as soon as it's available. Two Questions: When you get published, will your name appear on the book, or will you use Hope Adon? And how did the name Hope Adon come about? :)

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    1. Hey, thanks! Great to have your support. I'll be using Hope Adon. It is, for all intents and purposes, my name. :)

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    2. Wow! That's your name? It's really pretty! :)

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  16. soo happy for you, cant wait to read your other stories on the conduit series!! congratz, also im writing my own first story inspired by your self and other writers on wattpad so thanks :) my name on wattpad is Jam_Monster...btw havent published my story yet lol

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