I'm so thrilled to report that I have a literary agent! It's something I've dreamed of being able to say for some years now, and it's very surreal to me to get to post this.
It's difficult to tell the entire story, because it's tangled up in some details that I can't share at this point, but I'll write what I can. I started querying back in June, after months of pruning and polishing my letter with the help of some extremely patient friends (Thanks, Danielle!). I definitely had moments where I wanted to give up, but I'm so glad I kept at it.
I ended up having to choose between some really fabulous agents. I loved each person I talked to. It's really remarkable, after sweating and crying and laughing over writing a manuscript, and then fighting tooth and nail to get it seen by industry professionals, to hear people you respect and admire sharing your love and enthusiasm for your baby. I feel so incredibly fortunate to have been able to speak with these agents. If you're querying, or preparing to, hang in there! You just never know when things will turn around, and it's so magical when things start to work out.
In the end, I chose to join the amazing authors at Veritas Literary! I'll be working with Jennifer Skutelsky and Katherine Boyle. Jenn is going to help me revise, which is so exciting. She has background in the themes and angles I'm going for, and is a writer herself. Katie will then take lead on the pitch effort, which I'm completely thrilled about, she's represented some amazing stuff and really knows her way around the industry! I'm so excited to work with these two incredible agents and feel like I'm in fantastic hands and great company!
In other words, keep your chin up! Anything can happen. Thanks so much to everyone who has helped me along the way.