I’m so excited to announce that I’m represented by the awesome Brittany Howard of Corvisiero Literary Agency!
I queried the Corvisiero Agency in July this year and within a fortnight Brittany replied with a partial request. She read it in early September, requested the full manuscript and even took the time to suggest a few revisions. Which alone would have made me fall in love with her (revision suggestions from an agent are worth gold). But I also checked out her twitter stream and saw that she’d tweeted about my partial here. And that’s when I KNEW I wanted her as my agent. She warned me that it would be a couple months before she could read the full because she had a lot in her TBR pile–and I respected that. So I cooled my heels. And tried not to stalk her on twitter (too much). Got a bunch of other requests from really great agents and kept querying, but at a much slower rate, because I really wanted to know what she thought.
Then on Sunday morning, after I left my email open on the computer, my husband called out to tell me I had an email from Brittany. And… I couldn’t read it. I froze to the spot with dishwater dripping down my arms. Because what if she didn’t like it, after all? What if she was emailing to let me down gently?
I took a deep breath…
She loved it! She tweeted about it (picture me with a smile that didn’t wipe off for days), and she was so easy to skype with (even though I was mostly tongue-tied the whole time). She is awesome and I couldn’t be happier!
I really want to give a huge shout out to my critique partner, the lovely Alison Miller, who gave me such incredible feedback–and kept it all secret for ages, since I didn’t put this manuscript out there at all (and I mean, at all: no contests, no pitches, no forum posts, no nothing. Just me and the computer–and Alison keeping me sane). Thank you, Alison!
And to all the other writers out there in the query trenches: persevere, you can do it, through the highs and lows, the happy moments and the oh-so-dark times, keep on!