I know what you're thinking. Jess, I didn't even know you were querying! You know what? I didn't really know I was, either. It just sort of...happened.
Want to know the story? Well, here it is.
Back in March this happened over at WriteOnCon:
If you've been around awhile you know that earlier in the year I shelved my ms and then suddenly pulled it back off the shelf. Well, right before that I had sent Jill Corcoran my query to critique and then sort of...forgot about it. And in the meantime I got frustrated with my ms, deemed it a hot mess I couldn't untangle, and put it away. But then Jill emailed me back that query critique I had forgotten about...which ended up being less of a critique and more of a full request.
A full request? Well, crap. I had just shelved that ms because it was a hot mess. So I pulled it back off the shelf and decided I needed to make it work...somehow. I couldn't let a full request from an awesome agent just go to waste. I
It took awhile, a long while, but after a few great conversations with some great CPs I finally figured it all out. And then I wrote and wrote and revised and revised and on Saturday 10/29 I finally had a finished and totally polished ms.
So I sent it to Jill.
I decided at that point that I might as well start querying, since I did have a complete and polished ms, and if I was sending out the full, then I should just go for it.
So I sent six queries.
Within 24 hours I had two full requests.
And on Tuesday (three years to the day after I wrote the first word of this ms, BTW), just three days after I sent Jill my full, she called me with an offer.
Three days, you guys. THREE DAYS. Three days does not happen to me. I was thinking three months. Or three years. Or three different mss.
Jill loved my book, and I could tell how enthusiastic she was about it. And, because I'm a good little writer, I had done my research on Jill and I was way enthusiastic about her, too. One look at her client list shows how much she loves contemporary, and she actually repped one of my very favorite books that I read this year, DITCHED by Robin Mellom. (It comes out in January...I seriously can't wait.) I couldn't help but feel that if she loves my book and she loves that book, then she just gets me.
But there were still other agents who had the full...and some who had just gotten my query like 12 hours before. So I nudged everyone (one of those nudges turned into another full request), and then I waited. I really just wanted to accept Jill's offer, but I didn't know if one of the other agents would love it as much. I've heard of other writers being totally sure about who they thought they were going to sign with, until another agent totally took them by surprise. So I waited, just in case, even though my gut was telling me Jill no matter what. And as I waited, I saw things like this:
EEEK. The week I gave all of the agents to read just felt like forever. And here I was trying to NaNo, but I was totally unable to concentrate on anything but obsessively checking my inbox and sending epic emails to my writing group.
In the end, though, I knew that there was no one else who would be as excited about my project as Jill. So yesterday, a week after she called me for the first time, I accepted her offer in the middle of fifth period class. (My students were very excited for me. They tried to use it as an excuse to celebrate all period instead of reading Ch 4 of To Kill A Mockingbird, but you know that didn't fly.)
You guys, I seriously can't believe that this is my story. I can not believe it. I'm beyond thrilled, but, dang, to say that I didn't expect this is like the understatement of the year. I had this big plan to query this project to 100 rejections, and I got an offer and then an agent from my very first query. And not even an official query, really...a query critique. That I sent without a full even finished and ready to go.
So Gunner and I spent last night celebrating, as we often do.
There were also cupcakes involved