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Madison
10-26-2009, 02:08 AM
new update on my blog... !! and you people are great.

Yep, I'm going to get The Call sometime in the next two days: this agent who has my full emailed me on Saturday with a message that basically said "I love this. Let's talk."

And it might come now, like this very second, or later today... or tomorrow... and I cannot concentrate. I can barely breathe. I have a paper due tomorrow and literally, it might not happen.

So. Advice. What do you guys to do calm down, breathe, wait? (And what was your Call like?) I feel ready. I have questions (lots) and intelligent things to say. But I am EXCITED and SCARED and... I'm obsessively checking email/phone, and now I will obsessively check this thread. Maybe it'll distract me. Help me, people!

AnonymousWriter
10-26-2009, 02:11 AM
Chocolate. It helps everything.

The Lonely One
10-26-2009, 02:17 AM
Congrats! Can't say I've been there but "I love this" is a great way for them to start the conversation, so remember that. :)

Perks
10-26-2009, 02:17 AM
So. Advice. What do you guys to do calm down, breathe, wait? (And what was your Call like?) I feel ready. I have questions (lots) and intelligent things to say. But I am EXCITED and SCARED and... I'm obsessively checking email/phone, and now I will obsessively check this thread. Maybe it'll distract me. Help me, people!

Rescue Remedy. (http://www.rescueremedy.com/) No lie. It's amazing. I don't know what it is, but it works. And I'm not even very New Age-y. You can get it at any health store usually, or those fancypants green grocer's.

And don't worry. You can't screw up the call. I mean, you can, but you'd really have to try. Just enjoy the mania. And get some Rescue Remedy to take the edge off.

Cyia
10-26-2009, 02:17 AM
First, you burn off the extra energy with copious amounts of Snoppy dancing. :snoopy:

Then, find anything you can to distract yourself. Put an Ipod in your ears on high volume and work on that paper, go to a movie, anything so you don't go nuts.

You might want to check a couple of agent blogs for a few recommended questions.

And CONGRATS! You're entitled to excitement.

AnonymousWriter
10-26-2009, 02:20 AM
I forgot to say congratulations, by the way.

I hope it all goes well for you. Just be natural, and I'm certain it'll go fine.

Relax.

motormind
10-26-2009, 02:29 AM
What do you guys to do calm down, breathe, wait?

Just keep working on your next novel.

jennibly
10-26-2009, 03:19 AM
Congrats! Celebrate! Pat yourself on the back and keep reminding yourself that this agent wants to work for you. He or she stands to make money off your work. It often feels like the opposite, but you actually hold the cards here. Be super confident and that will come through.

And best of luck!!!!

Pepper
10-26-2009, 03:24 AM
"Hello?"
"Hi, it's your agent. Let's have that conversation about your wonderful manuscript."
"GOYYYaaahhhhhhhhh HEHEHE! MWAHDWEBLLLLBBBRRRRR"

I'm sure they've heard it all before. They've taken on first time authors before who were equally as excited as you are. I personally wouldn't worry about whether you come across as excited or downright goofy. Eventually, you'll snap out of it, like they know you will.

Edit: Oh and congrats by the way! I wish I were in your shoes ^_^

stormie
10-26-2009, 03:25 AM
I had no warning. The Call came at 7 pm and I saw on caller ID who it was. I took a deep breath...and forgot everything I knew to ask.

But guess what? The agents know how it is. And they can be nervous too. They want this to click.

So--carrying around a list of questions to ask. Put it in your pocket. Put copies by all phones if you're using landlines.

Anyway, this is great news!

ishtar'sgate
10-26-2009, 03:29 AM
So. Advice. What do you guys to do calm down, breathe, wait? (And what was your Call like?)
Oh man, I got nothin'! I paced a lot and drove my family crazy. I sold directly to a publisher and the call went something like this.
'Have a glass of wine and celebrate, we're publishing your novel. We went to committee and it was unanimous.'
Hopefully the call will come for you soon.

Red-Green
10-26-2009, 03:41 AM
Make notes of what you need to ask, because otherwise it will all fly out of your head.

stormie
10-26-2009, 03:44 AM
Make notes of what you need to ask, because otherwise it will all fly out of your head.
Yep, and as I said, carry the notes with you or put them by all the landline phones. My notes were somewhere else in the house and I was too excited, nervous, whatever, to go look for them.

Bufty
10-26-2009, 03:48 AM
Relax -it's the Agent who wants to talk to you. And they'll have done this many times. If you act like your normal self and be natural you'll do fine. I wouldn't want to speak to a robot stranger who rattled off a list of questions - I'd want to feel some connection on a personal level. Be yourself.

AshElizabeth
10-26-2009, 03:50 AM
Congrats! Go dance the dance of joy! If I were you, I'd never be able to get my work done. Nope concentration would be impossible.

stormie
10-26-2009, 04:16 AM
Let us know how it goes. Meanwhile, as anonymouswriter said, have some chocolate. :)

AlishaS
10-26-2009, 04:16 AM
Wow congrats, I have never been published but when I need to calm down I indulged in my very bad habit of chain smoking lol. I wouldn't suggest that means but I would suggest going out to celebrate, put on some great music and work on your next novel, I agree with one of the above comments and eat chocolate. Really just distract yourself. If you can find anything to distract yourself, I agree with putting your excitment to use and writing down the questions you might have. They have done this before and they know you are a newbie so no question is a dumb one!

Stunted
10-26-2009, 04:21 AM
Don't let yourself get too excited. I was in EXACTLY your shoes a couple years ago, and, well, my icon isn't the cover of a book. Easier said than done, I know. Just try not to think about it.

Good luck.

a_sharp
10-26-2009, 04:32 AM
This is why we come to this place, to hear good news like yours. Congrats, it only gets better from here out.

As for advice to calm down--why would you want to calm down?

And the paper? Pffft. You just finished THE paper, kiddo.

Enjoy the rush.

Fulk
10-26-2009, 04:56 AM
Congrats! I'm sure it's exciting. Let us know how it goes.

Juliette Wade
10-26-2009, 05:18 AM
I know precisely how you feel. But I've learned that there are more twists and turns here than I would previously have anticipated. I spent an entire week totally unable to concentrate, write, or calm down. Go exercise, that would be my best suggestion for letting off tension. Write down your questions and keep them with you. Also, do some independent research on your potential agent. Get a month's subscription to Publisher's Marketplace so you can check out deal information etc. and then cancel it before they can charge you more than $20. That information is definitely worth it. Also, google them and find out as much as you can - I found a lot of agent information right here on AW. Redirecting the energy into research and/or exercise was the best thing for me.

Amarie
10-26-2009, 05:21 AM
Yep, I'm going to get The Call sometime in the next two days: this agent who has my full emailed me on Saturday with a message that basically said "I love this. Let's talk."

And it might come now, like this very second, or later today... or tomorrow... and I cannot concentrate. I can barely breathe. I have a paper due tomorrow and literally, it might not happen.

So. Advice. What do you guys to do calm down, breathe, wait? (And what was your Call like?) I feel ready. I have questions (lots) and intelligent things to say. But I am EXCITED and SCARED and... I'm obsessively checking email/phone, and now I will obsessively check this thread. Maybe it'll distract me. Help me, people!

It's easy to forget that if an agent wants to represent you, they want to sell themselves to you as well. Some of the call will probably be a conversation about the agency. An important question to ask is what he/she is thinking in terms of revisions. Good luck!

Madison
10-26-2009, 05:37 AM
Chocolate, check. (The wrapper said: Buy flowers for yourself. Maybe I will)

Dancing, check.

Exercise, check.

Paper, check. (I actually DID it, what a feat.)

Thanks for all the hurrahs (!!); I'm spinning on clouds right now -- and will keep y'all updated. I could not have done this without AW. Honest.

Shameless plug: check my blog for real-time-updates :)

kaitie
10-26-2009, 06:05 AM
How fantastic. :D I'd say getting to work on that paper could be a good distraction, but I don't blame you for being excitable. Good luck!

Libbie
10-26-2009, 07:13 AM
WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

GO MADISON!!

Cliff Face
10-26-2009, 08:39 AM
"Chocolate. It helps everything."

I totally agree. Congratulations. Now I feel like submitting to a bunch of people again... well, that feeling is conflicting with the fact that I want to edit my book, but there you go.

I'd avoid answering the phone, "Joe's crematorium, you kill 'em, we grill 'em." :)

Raphee
10-26-2009, 09:13 AM
Congratulations. Let us know how it goes.

Phaeal
10-26-2009, 06:19 PM
No caffeine, so moderate that chocolate input. Double espressos are right out. Chamomile tea and lavender pillows. The "OMG the Call's coming" spell on page 310 of the Necronomicon, Wormius translation.

Remember, this is a good thing. Enjoy!

:D

Matera the Mad
10-27-2009, 07:29 AM
Watch funny videos.

Madison
10-27-2009, 08:35 AM
Woohoo!!!!!!!!!!!!

my blog has a new update :)

blacbird
10-27-2009, 08:43 AM
Yep, I'm going to get The Call sometime in the next two days:

I got one too.

It was a wrong number.

caw

kangolNcurlz
10-27-2009, 08:51 AM
Congrats. :)

Parametric
10-27-2009, 08:55 AM
You are full of win and awesome. :D CONGRATS!

Libbie
10-27-2009, 06:27 PM
Woohoo!!!!!!!!!!!!

my blog has a new update :)

AWESOME!

When you are back in Seattle, I will toast you with a caramel macchiato.

kellion92
10-27-2009, 06:40 PM
Congratulations! Can't wait to hear what happens...

stormie
10-27-2009, 07:18 PM
Congratulations on getting THE CALL! (Sitting on the ground during THE CALL was a great idea. : )

cwfgal
10-27-2009, 07:39 PM
I'm arriving late to the party so no advice, just a hearty congratulations!

Beth (aka Annelise Ryan)

Dicentra P
10-27-2009, 07:57 PM
:partyguy::PartySmil:PartySmil:partyguy:

:snoopy::snoopy::snoopy::snoopy::snoopy::snoopy:
:Clap::Clap::Clap:

Just read your blog update. Awesome!

lucidzfl
10-27-2009, 07:58 PM
Rescue Remedy. (http://www.rescueremedy.com/) No lie. It's amazing. I don't know what it is, but it works. And I'm not even very New Age-y. You can get it at any health store usually, or those fancypants green grocer's.

And don't worry. You can't screw up the call. I mean, you can, but you'd really have to try. Just enjoy the mania. And get some Rescue Remedy to take the edge off.

From their website:

"RescueŽ Remedy has become every woman's emotional ally for its calming and centering energy and is now relied upon by people around the world to provide unconditional support during demanding times."

Wow, way to be sexist and alienating lol.

Back on topic, confrickingratulations! This is awesome. I even read your blog post about it.

Bufty
10-27-2009, 08:03 PM
And..............? And...............? :partyguy:

stormie
10-27-2009, 08:25 PM
Read her blog. She got the call and she's repped. :)

Fenn
10-27-2009, 08:28 PM
Ok, so you don't know me, but I just read your blog and wanted to say a big WOOP WOOP :D :D :D

Nateskate
10-27-2009, 08:30 PM
That's fantastic. Please keep us updated on the progress.

Bubastes
10-27-2009, 08:33 PM
Woo hoo!!! Congratulations! :snoopy:

Phantom
10-28-2009, 03:25 AM
Just read your blog and EEEK!! Congrats!

Swordswoman
10-28-2009, 06:57 AM
Madison, that is just so lovely. Huge, huge congratulations - and thank you for sharing it with everyone.

:partyguy::PartySmil:e2cheer::e2woo::Clap::banana: :snoopy::hooray:

'Phenomenal'? There's only one 'Call' moment in one's life, but this sounds like the best ever. Face it, you ROCK!!!
Louise

Michael Parks
10-28-2009, 10:54 AM
Go GRRRL!!!!

AnonymousWriter
10-28-2009, 09:18 PM
Woo! That's awesome!

Congratulations. :D :Cake:

Perks
10-28-2009, 10:20 PM
From their website:

"RescueŽ Remedy has become every woman's emotional ally for its calming and centering energy and is now relied upon by people around the world to provide unconditional support during demanding times."

Wow, way to be sexist and alienating lol.

Back on topic, confrickingratulations! This is awesome. I even read your blog post about it.

Ha! I've never read anything on their site. That is indeed odd. I wonder why it's marketed that way? Strange.

Anyway, bigtime congratulations, Madison!