Deja Vu Post - The Call

Today starts the Deja Vu Blogfest -- where you re-post one of your previous blog entries from 2015. For me, it was pretty easy choosing which one gets to bask in the spotlight again. Enjoy - again. :) 



Anybody know Jeff Foxworthy?  If you like comedy and you haven’t heard of Jeff…look him up.  If your familiar with Jeff’s work, then you probably know his You might be a redneck if -- routine.  Well, here’s a literary version of that.  You might be a writer if…you know what the title of this post means.

That’s right…as of now I am represented by Sarah Negovetich of the Corvisiero Literary Agency. You heard me correctly…I have an agent!

Those that have known me for a while understand how long I have waited to post something like this.  I’ve congratulated more than a few writers in this blogosphere that have achieved this dream and read their stories of what it was like to finally get the “Call”, all the while putting myself in their shoes and imagining what it would be like to experience such a thing. Well…they’re my shoes now – and it feels GREAT! No more query letters...no more pitch wars...no more twitter contest.  YES!

The book I pitched that won Sarah over is titled MOVING FEAR.  It’s a YA Horror (although Sarah may reclassify it as YA Paranormal/Mystery). I'm savvy enough to realize that signing with Sarah is just another hurdle and seeing my manuscript in print isn't a sure thing yet -- but this is a validation that was sorely needed.  For the longest time I’ve felt like an unlicensed doctor, running around handing out medical advice to anyone who will listen. Now, by signing an agent it effectively slaps MD behind my name (albeit in small letters) and gives me a tiny bit of credibility. Not that obtaining an agent is the only way to earn standing -- if you sell a bunch of books, agent or not, that's good enough for me -- but you guys know what I'm talking about.

I’ve already thanked my CP’s, beta readers, query specialist, ego caressers, and morale boosters!  I even thanked the blogger whose innocuous Facebook post was the inspiration for the story.  A piece of each of them is in MOVING FEAR and my good news belongs to them well. But who I haven’t thanked yet is YOU. I’ll eventually detail my cringe-worthy path to where I am now, but for now let’s just say that in the beginning I was clueless – until I found the blogosphere.  The wealth of knowledge, experience, expertise, pointers, sage advice, industry norms, and morale support is endless. And more importantly, it is all offered with a smile and a pat on the back. I can honestly say that the writer I am today is in-part because of YOU…because the blogosphere is YOU. So thank you for everything you’ve done for me!

And one of the reasons for choosing Sarah as my agent – she writes a blog.

There are two people I feel compelled to single out with my gratitude today. Chris Fries and Julie Dao. I’ve known Chris since before I had a blog (on the writing forums) and Julie was one of my earliest CP’s. They both have been my most steadfast supporters…unwavering in their belief that today would come. They are two of my closest friends…and I’ve never met them. Thank you both so much!

In the weeks to come I’ll reveal the details of “the call” and the events that led up to it. At the same time I’ll be figuring out how things will need to be tweaked around here now that the trajectory of my writing career has been altered. Don’t worry…nothing major. If I do get a publishing deal I’ll resist any changes that might turn this into something more marketing-centric and focused on just selling books.

For those of you who are following this same dream…hang in there. My shoes will be yours one day! :)

17 comments

  1. Just awesome, DL. I was happy for you then and I'm still happy for you now. I can't wait to read your story.

    Validation is vital to us. We understand.

    Thanks for the fun Blogfest!

    Heather

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  2. So great that you have an agent. "No queries", etc sounds like a wonderful place to be.

    Thanks for hosting Deja Vu again. It's always good to have a chance for a redo.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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  3. I'm glad you did repost this one. Thrilled when I read it and rethrilled (I believe I coined a new word) today. You are a success in life and in writing. Love this blogfest. Thanks for letting me join in. Merry Christmas. :-)

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  4. Ha, ha -- I'm looking at Robyn's comment above, and I really like her new word. Rethrilled! I'm glad you re-posted this too because I loved MOVING FEAR and I'm glad you found an agent who loves it too!

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  5. That's great! Thanks for doing the blogfest - already looking forward to next year's!!

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  6. Congratulation Dr. D. L. No one deserves the MD at the end of their name more than you. I agree that it doesn't require an agent to sell your book, but I'm with you on recognizing the validation an agent brings to those of us who've been waiting for the "call," as long as we have. You are an incredibly talented writer, with or without an agent, but I can truly feel your your excitement and I am so happy for you and I wish you the best. Like you, I've congratulated many writers and I hope to soon be wearing the other shoe.
    You've put your time in, you've perfected the craft and you've grown as an author and I believe you will go far as a successful, author who publishes mulit books through traditional publishing houses. I'm so glad I didn't miss this post. Looking forward to reading your book when it comes out.

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  7. I missed this post the first time around (must have been during one of my lapses in blog reading) so belated congratulations DL.

    And thanks for hosting this blogfest again :)

    Chippy

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  8. It's great to end the year celebrating your successes. That's a nice kind of deja-vu. May your agent-author relationship be long and fruitful.

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  9. Congratulations! How exciting that you have an agent! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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  10. Congrats and thanks for the hosting the Déjà vu blogfest!

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  11. Hi DL - did I miss this as an earlier post - if so ... sorry - I've had a spasmodic year. Congratulations - and I've popped over to Sarah and said hi ... no wonder you're over the moon - the start of the path. Well done and what a lovely thought to spend Christmas with .. enjoy the time with family and friends ... cheers Hilary

    PS my post will pop up tomorrow ...

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  12. Congrats on getting an agent and enjoy your festing.

    Thanks for the blitz, and a very Merry Christmas to you and your family.

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  13. That's so great that you got an agent! Thanks for hosting the blog fest. It's been fun reading all these post re-runs. Have a very Merry Christmas!

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  14. You know I love this post, and I thank YOU for being such a stalwart, encouraging friend to me! Can't wait to see what 2016 brings us!!!! Knowing how in sync our journeys are, it's quite possible we'll be posting news within a week of each other again *crosses all fingers toes and eyes*

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