Okay. I've left you all in suspense long enough. :) Here is my agent story, and hopefully it won't be too long.
In mid-December, I entered a pitch contest. The agent judging gave me an honorable mention, and when I e-mailed him my query letter to critique, instead of critiquing, he asked to read the whole book instead. After that day, I started to query. My letter was in the best shape I could get it in, and I started sending it out.
Twelve agents received that letter, and six of them asked for partials or fulls. I was honestly shocked. I had queried another book before this, but it hardly got any bites so I put it away. Anyway, as I received rejections and requests, I kept sending out letters.
This kept on going until January. I got a few rejections on my full, but I kept my chin up and kept getting requests, so I didn't give up. Until I got one from one of my top agents. I was sad. I told myself I'd send out one more letter and be done with it. My book wasn't good enough, and obviously something was wrong with my writing.
The last query letter I sent out, was on January 27. It was to Uwe Stender at TriadaUS literary. I found him on querytracker (AWESOME website), and just thought, what the heck. I'll send one more.
Later that day I got a request for a full from him. I didn't think much of it until later when I posted on querytracker and people told me he didn't ask for fulls very often.
So, I spend the weekend forgetting about queries, not thinking about my book and just hanging out with my family.
On Monday Feb. 1, I got another full rejection and decided to put my book away forever. Five minutes later, the phone rang.
I answered, and the voice on the other end had an accent. I thought it was a telemarketer, but when he said who he was, I about fell off my chair.
The conversation went like this.
Uwe: "This is Uwe Stender from TriadaUS."
Me: "Are you serious?" **DIES**
Me: (passed out on the floor.)
He LOVED my book. He couldn't stop talking about it, and told me he couldn't put it down when he was reading it.
I was in shock. I honestly didn't even know what to say. I couldn't think of any questions and for a minute there, forgot I even wrote books!
So, I told him I would get back to him within a week. I got off the phone and called everyone in my phonebook. (Just kidding. Sort of.)
I sat down at the computer and e-mailed the last five agents who had partials. I got five responses almost immediately and they all asked for the full.
So the waiting began.
I got another offer on Tuesday, talked to that agent on Wednesday, and had a decision to make.
The other agents graciously passed, and I was okay with it. I didn't want my decision to be harder than it already was.
I called Uwe again, and asked him my questions. I talked to the other agent and asked her the same. In the end, I decided to go with Uwe. He was the one who originally loved my book, and I really clicked with him more than the other agent.
So, there you have it! I have an agent! I still can't believe it! I never thought it would ever happen to me, and here I am! I have a ton of work ahead of me, but I'm excited for this new journey. It will make me a very patient person, and I can do what I love, and hopefully sell a book someday. I feel like I'm still dreaming. :)