Friday, March 15, 2013

My News!! :D

When I left my agent last year, I was honestly devastated. I knew it was right, but I still had a hard time knowing I might not get another agent again. Even after I sold my fairytale book and got a contract, I still wanted an agent. I wasn't going to give up on that dream.

So, I wrote another book.

And got rejected over and over again. It wasn't right. It wasn't the right timing, the right book. I knew it, but it still hurt. Querying isn't for the weak. That's for sure.

I stopped querying after that and went to work on getting Fairytale released, finished my sequel, and worked on random things for a few months while I was pregnant with my little guy. After I had him, I had no idea where my writing was going, what to work on. It was kind of a mess. I almost stopped writing. I was so sick of rejection.

Then in December, I had an idea. Actually, I had the idea a few months before, but all I had was a little note about it jotted in my notebook. A letter from a brother to his sister.

That one little letter sparked a whole entire story. I sat down at the computer and wrote. And wrote. And wrote some more. Edited. Sent it to crit partners and betas, and revised. It took me two months to completely finish. Crazy fast for me. And the thing about this book? I loved it. More than any book I've written so far. So, after polishing it up, I wrote a query letter and in February I jumped back into the querying waters. I started getting rejections, but I also got a bunch of requests. Which surprised me. I waited and waited and three days ago, after a few events I can't really mention yet happened, I got an offer of representation.

From my dream agent.

There are details I can't share yet, but I've queried dream agent before and she told me with each book how much she loved my voice, but the story wasn't right. Well, this time it was. :)

I let the other agents know, but honestly, it was a no-brainer who to go with.

I really can't believe I'm writing this, but I'm now represented by Nicole Resciniti of The Seymour Agency!!!

I'm seriously still in shock. There may have been tears. It's a dream come true and I'm SO happy and excited to be working with Nicole! And knowing she loves my book makes me all kinds of happy. I am a firm believer that dreams can come true. If they can for me, they can for you.

Never give up, guys. Seriously. Never. Ever. Give up. :)


28 comments:

Kelsey said...

Yay Chantele! I'm SO happy for you, and no one deserves it more!

Ru said...

Congrats!!

Stephanie McGee said...

Congrats! Very exciting!

ilima said...

Yay yay yay . Congratulations!!!

Julie Luek said...

So awesome that you've found the agent who fits your needs and desires best. Congratulations.

S.P. Bowers said...

Congrats!

Jessie Humphries said...

I really want to celebrate with you somehow! Like take you out for a night on the town, or cuddle, or doorbell ditch some present...but you are so far away! Just know if you we're near there would be a definite invasion of physical space! Good thing ill see you at Storymakers. You better be at Storymakers!

prerna pickett said...

wonderful news! Congrats!

Fida Islaih said...

This is awesome, congrats!

L.G. Smith said...

Very cool. And very fast!! Wow. Congratulations. :)

Cristina said...

Congratulations!!!! so exciting. your cream agent!! how awesome is that!!!

Peggy Eddleman said...

So very very excited for you!! Congratulations!!!

Hayley N. Jones said...

Congratulations! Very inspiring too :-)

Jenilyn Collings said...

Congratulations! How exciting!!

Jess said...

SO exciting! I love a good perseverance story and this is the very best kind :) Congrats and best wishes for a quick sale!

Chersti Nieveen said...

Congrats all around! And hugs from one of your agency sisters :-D

Angie Sandro said...

YAY! I'm so excited and happy for you. My critique partner is with Nicole and she loves her. Many congrats and warm wishes.

Donna Nolan said...

Inspiring! Amazing! Wonderful! Well-deserved! I am seriously so happy for you!

Angela Cothran said...

Chan that is SO COOL. I knew it was only a matter of time!

Elizabeth Seckman said...

So happy for you!! Talk about dedication. You are an inspiration!

Katie Dodge said...

Uhh, how can I express how happy I am for you?! I can't. I'm so thankful for your friendship and totally needed your good news this past week. Otherwise, it would have completely sucked! I knew this would happen for you!! Congrats!! Yay!! I can't wait to celebrate with you!!!! <3

Krista McLaughlin said...

Congratulations! That is seriously super exciting and you definitely put in the effort and deserve it! :)

Jessie Oliveros said...

Congratulations Chantele, this is great news!

Jenny S. Morris said...

So happy for you!! Congratulations!!

Shallee said...

I'm so, so happy for you! This is such an awesome, inspiring story. Good luck with your new book and your awesome new agent!

Chantele Sedgwick said...

Thank you everyone!! :D

Michelle Merrill said...

I love this! I'm so happy for you. This definitely gives me hope since I'm currently in the querying trenches. I can't wait to read your story :)

Michelle Davidson Argyle said...

Seriously so happy for you! *HUGS*