As many of you know, I've spent the past few months working on a New Year's Resolution list that's difficult, yet achievable (well, I'm not yet convinced that getting a photo of me and my kids with all of our eyes open at the same time is achievable, as they usually turn out like this). But one of the major goals was to develop a book proposal and land a literary agent.
Today I can officially say: Mission accomplished!
I'm thrilled to announce that as of last week I signed with Tina Wexler of International Creative Management (ICM), an amazing agent who reps narrative nonfiction, middle grade, YA and more. I was very fortunate to strike a chord with her quickly based on my proposal and, after discussing everything on the phone, we really just clicked. It was important to me that I find someone who shared the same vision as me and cared about my project, and Tina showed all of those things and then some (she's hilarious too!). I not only had a great time talking with her, but I was also convinced that Tina is the perfect person to rep my work. I couldn't be more excited that I found her and that her interest in me was mutual.
How did I find her? I'll save that story for another day, but I highly recommend reading this piece she wrote for the Guide to Literary Agents blog a while back on 6 and 1/2 Ways to Impress an Agent. And I'm proud to say I did all 6 and 1/2 (well, almost all 6 and 1/2—I'm still in the process of writing the full manuscript).
Finally, I'd like to give a special thanks to Guide to Literary Agents editor Chuck Sambuchino. Without the help and guidance of his Guide to Literary Agents blog and Guide to Literary Agents book, I don't think I ever would have acquired all the tools necessary to finally land a literary agent. If you don't already, start reading his blog and buy his GLA book. Both are worth their weight in gold.