The best four dollars I ever spent was to enter Cupid's Literary Connection's Come and Get it Contest last month (my entry is here). Not only did I make it to the agent round, but I received three requests (from awesome agents) and was also contacted by my awesome judge to query the Super Agent she reads for because she thought Super Agent would really like my manuscript.
So, the week after I officially began querying I sent out all those partials and queried Super Agent. She was on my list of Dream Agents I'd been compiling over the past year and a half. I loved her blog, twitter, her clients, her sales, I couldn't imagine anything better than landing a dream.
I kept querying, but Super Agent was so fast-3 days later she requested my full. I hurried to send more queries. When Super Agent emailed to say she was half way thru and loving it, I queried more.
The Offer of Representation came 2 days later (16 days after I sent my first query)! I was the luckiest girl in the universe. I screamed and jumped up and down and checked the email 50 times to make sure I wasn't hallucinating. My 6 year-old thought I had a Secret Agent, so we did a lot of singing that song, Secret Agent Man... I called my husband and all my CP's breathless with the news. My heart rate stayed elevated that entire day--I was that happy.
It took my 2 hours to write the email back. At that point she wanted me, how could I want anyone else? But with the desire to be professional and follow protocol I responded simply that I was thrilled she was interested and we set up a time the next morning for "THE CALL".
Not wanting to waste their time, I almost didn't inform the other agents with my partials, fulls, and queries, but I couldn't shake the feeling that I needed to contact them. So before "The Call" I sent them out, giving everyone 7 days (because this was Super Agent, right?!?).
I had my huge list of questions, my water bottle, and my computer at the ready. I did Sun Salutations to keep myself calm as I waited for the phone to ring. Super Agent called at 11:02 am. We didn't chat much, but went straight to my questions-so don't forget to have plenty. (I found mine here and here). She was nice, blunt at times (which I liked), and confident. We laughed as we discussed what worked and didn't work, revision plans, business plans, other projects, and so forth. We talked for 45 minutes. I was so proud of myself for being able to talk to a FAMOUS PERSON and actually form words.
After the call I journaled exactly how I was feeling, what I thought about Super Agent, how we'd work together, and so forth. I was still happy, but more unsure-especially because she wasn't very editorial (even though LiteraryRambles and multiple of her clients sites said she was in the past). I'd wanted that "I'm in the right place feeling," but instead of being more calm, I became more anxious. The next week was going to be a long one. Still, Super Agent would sell my book to the world, she was "the one."
I emailed two of her clients and we talked a lot-they loved her. It was their perfect fit, but still I wasn't sure if it was mine.
Then, 2 days before the deadline I received another offer from one of the agents from the Cupid's Lit Connection Contest. Wow! Another agent believes in LOVESENSE. New Agent and I emailed extensively on that first day. Asking and answering questions and getting a good feel for each other.
I emailed Super Agent a few editorial clarifications and confirmed that she wouldn't be editing my book. I also emailed one of New Agent's clients and got a feel for New Agent that way.
Instead of "THE CALL" we had "THE SKYPE" because she's based in Europe. When she asked if Skype was okay, I thought, "Oh man, then she'll see me." We were talking at 6 am my time. I moved it back to 6:15 so I could put on clothes (good idea, right?) and *hopefully* force my contacts to stick to my eyeballs.
I wasn't as anxious this time, but then we'd already conversed a ton and I had a really good feeling going into it. We had a great conversation and I asked a lot of hard questions all of which she tackled. I was getting that feeling (the one that had been tickling me the day before). I knew I had found the right agent: Julia A. Weber of Literaturagentur GmbH. You might know her from twitter as @jawlitagent.
I couldn't be happier.