Seasons Greetings, Chums!

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No, you don’t need to adjust your screens, I’ve actually written a blog post, full of all my own words and everything. It’s a Christmas miracle!

Anywho…

I wasn’t going to write a ‘how I got my agent’ post because it isn’t a traditional writer-bags-dream-agent-with-months-of-hard-work-and-dedication story. I guess I was worried that people would read my post, roll their eyes and think ‘she lucked out’.

BUT THEN…

My good friend Carol — you know Carol? Carol Pavliska. She’s on Twitter. Go find her. She’s really fun — asked me if she could hear how it happened and so I told her. I also told her how I felt about the whole ‘lucked out’ thing and she was like ‘YOU CRAZY?! You earned this’.

That got me thinking. You see, I didn’t get my agent because she fell in love with a 90k story I’d poured my heart into. I didn’t spend months in rejection hell, longing for my beautifully crafted baby to be pulled from the slush — this time. But I have been there. In fact last December I was giving up writing because my soul was in shreds. In Stone was dead in the water and rejection was crippling me. So although at first glance this story looks like an ‘oh boy, did she luck out’ kind of deal, I can promise you that this has been five years (plus) in the making. And that I have cried/given up/hated/died/not slept/not eaten/got sick/got back up/got sick again more times than I care to remember.

Luck? Maybe a little. But now I’m sort of thinking perseverance and perfecting my craft is what got me my agent, and I’m really hoping that you guys are going to think that too!

AND SO…

It was a cold, rain-soaked evening in late November when I finally sat down at my laptop… 😉

Seriously, I was flicking through Twitter a few weeks ago, when I saw a tweet by the lovely Mandy Hubbard. It was an open call for submissions. Mandy and Bree of D4EO were looking for a writer/writers to develop some stories that they had in mind. They weren’t looking for completed manuscripts, they just wanted to find the right voice.

I had a spit-shined sample and knew how shit-hot Mandy was at her job, so I decided to give it a shot. A couple of weeks went by and I hadn’t heard anything. I just assumed I hadn’t made the cut…

BUT THEN…

I got an email off Mandy that said she was intrigued by my voice and she would like me to audition for Secret Development Project: stage two…

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I read the story outline she sent over, then spent ten days writing a 5k sample. It was an intense piece, like nothing I’d ever written before. I kept tampering with it, couldn’t submit because I was terrified I’d missed the mark. Eventually my sister submitted it for me (thanks Rach). I sat back, gearing myself up for a rejection when Mandy emailed me back. I read the email through open fingers — true story — and discovered that she loved what I’d done…

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She asked for a tiny revision, which I did…

AND THEN…

*waits*

*waits*

*waits*

*convinces self that I messed up the revision*

*rereads revision and hates self*

*stops sleeping*

*stops functioning*

*accidentally slips on ice and nearly kills self*

*compares life to Shakespearean tragedy*

*dies*

AND THEN…

Dear Louise,

We think you’re a great fit and we’d like you to be our writer. I’d like to represent this project and all your writing…

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AND THEN…

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So that’s how it happened. I am beyond overjoyed and grateful to Mandy for giving me a shot. I love my writer friends for all their sparkly wisdom and support. And I love Megan, Tammy, Kristen and ST for all their amazing feedback on my sample chaps.

I genuinely can’t believe I’m going into 2014 agented, folks! Super surreal year.

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About bookishblurb

YA writer. Jedi. Junk food enthusiast. Rumored pink Power Ranger, and avid collector of book boyfriends.

7 responses »

  1. Stacey Nash says:

    Congrats, Lou! Your twitter friend was right, you needed to tell this story. I loved reading it. 🙂

  2. Graham Milne says:

    Congratulations! Thanks for sharing the story and giving the rest of us in sad, cold, snowy Non-Agented-Land a push to persevere towards the sun.

  3. Kate Michael says:

    You got in on pure talent, lady. I’m SO happy for you =)

  4. noblevalerie says:

    It couldn’t have happened to a nicer person or a more deserving one. I love your writing and I was thrilled to hear you now have an agent. Congratulations Lou! It was definitely your hard work that paid off.

  5. Suzanne says:

    You totally deserved this!! Can’t wait to read more of your books! 🙂

  6. Rachael says:

    Your writing is just so brilliant! Living the dream girly!! I love you xx

  7. nikolavukoja says:

    I’ve just read this. NO; you did not get lucky, you worked your butt off, you did your ‘time’ or apprenticeship as I like to call it and deserve every bit of good fortune… congrats & can’t wait to see the finished product on shelves!

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