Six Agent Offers!


After writing three YA novels, navigating a close call with my previous manuscript, and spending four months on Query Road for my present work,, I received an offer of representation on Thursday — and another on Saturday!

As if that isn’t heady enough, three more agents are making their decisions by Monday, and I eagerly await agent-phone-call-number-three Monday afternoon.

To say my head is spinning would be the understatement of the century!

After years of drought, the floodgates have opened. I feel so many emotions — relieved, excited!, thankful, validated, and the list goes on and on. The champagne, chillin’ in the fridge for ten months, has been cracked …

One word -- YUM!

… the roses sniffed …

From my husband, my staunchest supporter.

… and happy dancing has commenced all over the house, even if it causes the terriers to bark at their crazy, face-hurts-from-grinning-so-hard human being.

I wish I could adequately convey the feeling of a lifetime of hope and dreams mixed with years of hard, hard work culminating in the representation I’ve been dreaming of!

I will, when I can. But more so, I want to reiterate to my fellow travelers that the dream is POSSIBLE, DOABLE, REACHABLE if you continue to work hard, believe in yourself, and most of all, SHINE!

To my writing community, my beta readers, my supportive writing friends, my old friends who believed in me from the start — YOU ROCK!

I wouldn’t be here without you. For that, I thank you with all my heart.

Nailed to the wall by the phone for 8 months. There are more questions on the back, also.

I have until the 30th to make my decision, so I’ll be back to announce the news.

Until then, honking at you from the Happy Writer rest stop on Query Road, still grinning like a fool and pinching myself!    

By popular demand: the B side!

 (No saguaros were harmed in the taking of this photograph : )

25 Responses


    Angela @ The Bookshelf Muse

  2. WOW! How awesome is that!!! Congrats!

  3. Thanks, Angela!

    Just in a whirl, processing it all! It’s so strange how one goes from rejection after rejection, to all of a sudden, a yes, and then another!

    It’s wild! I’m so grateful! And I love how all the hard work pays off!

    Em : )

  4. Thank you so much, Steena!

    And hey, it’s wonderful to meet you! I’ve seen you in the comments section of some of the agent blogs I read. : )

    Thanks for the congratulations, for stopping by, for the comment. : )


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  6. I’m so excited for you! I love this, seeing all the hard work pay off! *doing a happy dance*
    Congrats! and Good Luck!! Can’t wait to see YOUR BOOK 🙂

  7. PS: those are great agent questions. I would love to see the B-side 🙂

  8. ((((Em)))))

    I’m so glad to hear excitement in your voice. You deserve this right now! After so many years of putting your heart and soul into your writing it couldn’t have happened at a better time. You’ve always been persistant and I knew this day would come. I’m glad to be able to share in your excitement!!

    Lots of love,

  9. Happy dancing with you! Thanks, Jan! : )

    I know — the BOOK — I haven’t even had a spare second to think that far ahead! It’s been a whirlwind of calls and emails!

    Thank you for your support and encouragement the last few years. : )


  10. The B side? Hold that thought … : )

  11. {{{{{{{{{{{{{ Kat! }}}}}}}}}}}}}

    Lots of love back atcha. : ) Can you believe it? And you’ve been there from the start, over a decade, now, when you think about it … your support and encouragement means so much to me!

    I actually have an unfinished email for you, was hoping to tell you there! The day has gotten away from me! Will send it to you.

    Em : )

  12. How wonderful! That is really, really awesome news! And I love your list of questions. 😀 Congratulations.

  13. Hey Tara! : )

    Thanks so much for the congrats. I’m now up to 3 offers, with the third offer being for TWO manuscripts — both my present one,, and my previous ms, Brave New Girl!

    I think I’ve sprouted wings, lol! I’m flying!

    Have another agent phone call in 17 minutes — wish me luck!

    Made me smile to see you. : )


  14. Wow, Emily — this is fantastic news. I am thrilled for you and happy for all writers everywhere because this shows how all the hard work can turn into a dream come true!

    Congratulations. And thanks for sharing your agent questions!

  15. Thank you, Kelly! : )

    I was woken this morning by the phone ringing, and it was a surprise phone call from another agent offering representation! Unbelievable!

    Yes — I’d list hard work as the number one factor that has gotten me here. Hard work makes luck, and just as importantly, believing in yourself!

    Em : )

  16. Congratulations!

    Don’t know you. Don’t know that of which you speak. But I’d like to.

    Just starting to write, easy(or less daunting) stuff first – blog posts & tweets, letters and notes.

    But – creativity runs both high and deep in my family. from visual art to music and yes, though less common in our family, writing.

    I don’t know if I have something as huge and great as a novel in me. My family tends to run more to poetry & essays(still valid & sometimes as powerful, if not as big)

    I’ve been starting to follow young(or new) writers. You’re a fun bunch – and great inspiration.

    thanks for sharing.

  17. (((Em))))

    Even though I’ve spoken to you privately…I need to shout out to the world how happy I am for you.

    You earned this in every single way.

    Much congratulations. And all the best for the future.

    So glad you trusted me to experience your journey with you.

  18. Congrats, Em! I’m so happy to hear the news. I knew you’d make it!

  19. Congrats!

    Hope springs eternal!


  20. Hi John.

    Thank you for stopping by and for reading.

    I started out by writing short stories when I was young. Short stories aren’t easy, either; one has less pages to execute a story arc and develop characters.

    I know writing a novel can seem daunting, but it’s also fun! And, like anything else, how a person approaches it can make a huge difference. For example, when I’m writing my novels, I don’t think of the novel as a whole; I just concentrate on those 1000 or 2000 words a day. When I’m done writing those, I put the novel aside. The rest of the day and night, my conscious and unconscious mind works on the story, providing me with ideas and plot, as if, by letting go, I’m opening myself up to new ideas. I take notes, and then incorporate them into the next day’s writing.

    There’s a wonderful feeling of accomplishment in meeting those daily goals, and in how those daily word counts further the project, adding to each other until, eventually, the first draft is nailed down.

    Good luck to you on your writing! Whatever form you do, it’s wonderful to have a creative outlet.


  21. {{{{{{{{{ Tasha }}}}}}}}}

    Thank you for holding my hand through all of this, and for your support and encouragement. I really wouldn’t be here without you. I keep wanting to say WE did it!

    And I can’t wait to be on your blog in one of YOUR posts congratulating YOU. Your talent and your novels need to be out there. I know it’s just a matter of time.

    Em : )

  22. Hey Lynn! : )

    Thank you for the congratulations. I did it! Hooray!

    It’s nice to see you here, too. Are you doing NaNoWriMo this year?


  23. Thanks, Ralfast!

    Hope does spring eternal! As long as one works their tush off, lol!


  24. Oh, wow! This must be SOOOO exciting. what an inspiring post. here’s me wishing you a wonderful career with your wonderful new agent! 🙂

  25. Thank you, Aleeza, for both stopping by and commenting.

    Yes, it is *so exciting*! Life has held a holiday-like air since I signed with my fantabulous agent, and I’m loving all of it. Lots of writers find being out on sub stressful, but I find this part of things, also, to be quite exciting. : )

    I can’t wait to see how it all turns out. I love the feeling of hard work and persistence paying off!


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