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hester
01-27-2014, 06:59 PM
I have an agent!!!

Oh, and she's awesome. And I couldn't be more thrilled.

Now onto revisions!!! :D.

Putputt
01-27-2014, 07:00 PM
Congratulations!!

hester
01-27-2014, 07:02 PM
Awww, thank you Putt!! :) (And no, the tramp stamp does not make your butt look fat).

Kylabelle
01-27-2014, 07:04 PM
Very glad for you! Onward toward your dreams!

:yessmiley

LJD
01-27-2014, 07:05 PM
congrats!

profen4
01-27-2014, 07:19 PM
Way to go. You should feel great that you persevered and achieved one of your goals! Now hurry up and get that post count up. 800 posts in 5 years? Rookie :P

Calla Lily
01-27-2014, 07:19 PM
Congratulations!

Cathy C
01-27-2014, 07:25 PM
Congrats! :partyguy:

Snowstorm
01-27-2014, 07:28 PM
Well done and congratulations! Best wishes to you! Enjoy everything!

hester
01-27-2014, 07:29 PM
Thank you so much Kylabelle, LJD, profen4 (rookie? hmmm :)), Calla Lily and Cathy C!!

Oops, cross-posted with Snowstorm! Thank you so much! :)

Maggie Maxwell
01-27-2014, 07:56 PM
Congratulations!!!

Supergirlofnc
01-27-2014, 08:09 PM
Congrats! That's great. I think perseverance is one of the biggest keys in all of this writery business!

alldis
01-27-2014, 08:13 PM
Congratulations!
That's an awesome achievement.

A.

hester
01-27-2014, 08:21 PM
Thank you so much TAM, Supergirl and alldis!! :)

Blinkk
01-28-2014, 12:06 AM
Congrats! You deserve it. :D

Little Anonymous Me
01-28-2014, 12:20 AM
:TheWave::TheWave:

WOO-HOO! GO YOU!

:TheWave::TheWave:

Corussa
01-28-2014, 12:22 AM
That's great - congratulations! And good luck with those revisions. :)

hester
01-28-2014, 12:52 AM
Thank you so much Blinkk, Little Anonymous Me (can I tell you that your avatar cracks me up every time I see it?) and Corussa!! :)

Lauram6123
01-28-2014, 02:55 AM
Yea!! I love a success story!! Thanks for the 799th post to tell us about it! Gives newbies like me hope!

Tamlyn
01-28-2014, 03:02 AM
Congratulations! That is a very awesome thing :)

ap123
01-28-2014, 03:15 AM
Congratulations!

hester
01-28-2014, 05:11 AM
Thank you so much Lauram, Tamlyn and ap123!! :)

Lady MacBeth
01-28-2014, 06:49 AM
Congratulations! That's great news.

Koelsong
01-28-2014, 07:42 AM
Congratulations and well done. What sort of book is it?

M :)

L. Y.
01-28-2014, 12:34 PM
Congratulations! :)

Phaeal
01-28-2014, 05:03 PM
CGs and good luck with the revisions and submissions!

hester
01-28-2014, 05:29 PM
Thank you so much Lady Macbeth, Koelsong, L.Y. and Phael!! :)

Koelsong, it's a YA psychological thriller :).

And I have to say (800 or so posts later!) that I've learned so much from AW. How to write a query letter, how to workshop a manuscript, and--most of all--how to persist!! You all rock!!

V.J. Allison
01-28-2014, 05:40 PM
Congrats! :D

jorodo
01-28-2014, 09:48 PM
Woohoo congrats!

How much of those 5 years were you writing, editing, and looking for your agent?

hester
01-28-2014, 10:06 PM
Thank you so much V.J. and jorodo!! :)

Jorodo, this is my fifth (completed) book. I queried all five, with varying degrees of success (no offers on the first four, but I began receiving revise and resubmit requests, which--IMO--meant I was getting closer). As for the writing and editing--let's just say it's a constant process! :)

Netz
01-29-2014, 12:02 AM
Congratulations! :partyguy:

jorodo
01-29-2014, 04:51 AM
Ahh I see! That's very exciting and kudos for not giving up after the first 4!

hester
01-29-2014, 05:40 AM
Thank you so much Netz!! :) And thanks again, jorodo--persistence is definitely key when it comes to writing! :).

Peggles
01-29-2014, 09:49 AM
Congrats! You should be super proud and excited!

hester
01-29-2014, 06:35 PM
Thank you so much Peggles!! :)

AndreaGS
01-30-2014, 12:13 AM
Congrats! I love stories of persistence and success!!

hester
01-30-2014, 01:15 AM
Thank you so much AndreaGS!! :)

atthebeach
01-30-2014, 05:20 AM
Wow congrats!!! A great success story :)

Siri Kirpal
01-30-2014, 08:22 AM
Sat Nam! (literally "Truth Name"--a Sikh greeting)

:snoopy: :hooray: :snoopy: :)

Blessings,

Siri Kirpal

Undercover
01-30-2014, 04:06 PM
OMG! Ann!!!!!!!! I'm SCREAMING for joy!!!!! I sincerely know how hard you've worked on this, with us all hangin out in the Bewares section. You're such a huge supporter to everyone here on AW. You soooooooooooooooo deserve this in every way possible. I hope, hope this agent can connect you even further.

I'm SO excited for you and will be eager to hear your journey. Hope it will be a wonderful one!!!! Good Luck, girlie!!!!! YEaH, BABY!!!!! :hooray::hooray::partyguy:


Ok, so where's the snack table? Someone needs to spike the punch more...hehe

hester
01-30-2014, 05:57 PM
Thank you so much atthebeach, Siri Karpal and Undercover!! :)

And Undercover, right back atcha!! You're a total sweetheart, and I can't wait to read more about your successes!! :) (And I'm totally with you on spiking the punch--where's that bottle when I need it? :D).

And can I just say you guys are all the best??!! (Wipes tear).

kenpochick
01-31-2014, 06:24 PM
Congratulations! Excellent news! :-)

hester
02-01-2014, 12:29 AM
Thank you so much kenpochick!! :)

HobbitTon
02-01-2014, 01:24 AM
Are you allowed to give us a premise of your WIP? Or is that super-secret confidential?

hester
02-03-2014, 09:08 PM
Hi HobbitTon! I'd love to, but it's going through a pretty extensive revision at the moment, so the original premise may not reflect the end product :D.

nocomposer
02-05-2014, 09:34 PM
After the dust settles, maybe you could post the query letter that landed you the agent and, if you have the time/interest, what she asked you to revise + how you applied her suggestions...maybe?

hester
02-05-2014, 10:27 PM
I'd be glad to, nocomposer! :). I think there used to be a thread for successful queries on AW (have to doublecheck) and once I'm a little more settled with revisions, I'll be happy to post! :D.

AuroClair
02-06-2014, 09:19 AM
That is wonderful news! Look at you go. :)

hester
02-06-2014, 05:43 PM
Thank you so much AuroClair!! :) And congrats again on your book deal!! :D.

AuroClair
02-07-2014, 09:16 AM
Thank you, thank you. :Hug2:

I hope some day I can have an agent and do some of the true epics rolling around in the back of my mind. For now I am going to dabble in romance. I enjoy writing it, it is fun and has a huge market. I am finding it is a good way to get experience and see how it all works.

Maybe someday though... fantasy. Maybe YA. <3
YA or go all Game of Thrones with it.
THERE IS NO IN-BETWEEN WITH ME!! ;)

ARoyce
02-07-2014, 11:14 PM
Yay!!!! What a great story of perseverance! I hope this is the beginning of a beautiful (and long and lucrative) relationship with your agent!

hester
02-08-2014, 12:24 AM
Thank you so much ARoyce!! :)

And Auro, may I suggest a YA Game of Thrones? I'd be all over that puppy! :D.

Racey
02-08-2014, 04:10 AM
Yay! Congratulations :)
This makes me happy and completely motivated. For someone who's spent a few years writing and learning and trying to get to the point where I have something strong enough to land an agent, it's great to see that perseverance pays off!!

AuroClair
02-08-2014, 08:04 AM
hester, you are a genius!
What a great idea! :snoopy:

I will have to think about it more, but that is all a ways off. I have two adult series planned. But wow, you are making me feel motivated. I guess I can world build and do other things in preparation of it. But I think for that epic I will need an agent.

How do you even get an agent? A legit one anyway.

Mayfield
02-08-2014, 03:40 PM
Congratulations! I am so happy for you! That is such wonderful news.

hester
02-09-2014, 07:09 AM
Thank you so much Racey and Mayfield!! :) And Auro, get cracking! :D. (I love to motivate!)

AuroClair
02-09-2014, 11:13 AM
I did feel motivated. But I know I am not in a position to write that epic... yet. So I wrote down the ideas that sprung up, bottled the feeling away and am refocusing on the book I already have plotted out and someone waiting on.

I have my first deadline at the end of next month and I am not going to hit it because I am such a newbie. I inquired and asked questions about an imprint directly to someone at the epub and they were all 'I want to see it! I am interested in looking at something like that in March for a June publication.' Please shoot me.

I got it all plotted out easy. The characters and everything are set. Each Chapter has its theme and flow written in. And it isn't that I haven't wanted to write, it is that time has gotten TIGHT. The first few months of the year aren't dead like previous years at work. They are worse than summer was. I don't know how that is possible. But there it is. I am working over time every week and I only have weekends to do anything not work related. Laundry etc. etc. takes up time and then I find that I don't have time to write like I need to.

This would also be the second book I am working on ever. So I don't have my system down. I just picked at my first book over the course of a year, lazily letting ideas spring to mind and writing them in fits of motivation and tangents of creativity. Not the way to seriously write books.

Any advice would be great. I have spent the last two weeks in edits for my first book. That has been another thing stopping me. My excitement over my first book and not knowing how it all ends up before starting my second.

heyjude
02-09-2014, 03:50 PM
A little late to the party, but congratulations. :snoopy:

hester
02-11-2014, 04:56 PM
Thank you so much heyjude!! :)

Auro, it sounds like you're definitely on the right track!! Don't worry about letting things percolate--I do that all the time. My methodology (if you can call it that, heh) is to "let loose" and just get all my thoughts down once I've got the basic plot structure in mind. I'm an inveterate pantser (although that may change, especially since one of the books I've been working on for a while is a "plot heavy" YA sci-fi :D). With fantasy, I'd think the outline is key, and it sounds like you're well on your way!!

And I totally sympathize on the time crunch--there just aren't enough hours in the day!

AuroClair
02-12-2014, 10:34 AM
I have come up with a plan! Wish me luck. :}

Ambrosia
02-12-2014, 06:20 PM
Congratulations! :)

hester
02-12-2014, 11:56 PM
Thank you so much Ambrosia!! :).

And good luck Auro!! :D.

AuroClair
02-24-2014, 11:16 AM
Thanks hester! I decided I should pour myself into my next book in the series already being published, instead of a one shot that might not get picked up. If people really like the first book and want more in that series I need to have more to give them! :}