Three things that Brian Yansky and I have in common:
1) We’re both YA authors that live in Austin.
2) We’re both married to wonderful women.
3) We’re both represented by the same agent.
It’s almost surreal how fast it happened. I sent an e-query, sent the requested manuscript, and received an offer for representation within the span of 5 days. I actually had to wait a few days after her offer before I could accept because I had another offer from a very good agent. In the end, I felt that Sara was the best fit for me, and I’m really looking forward to working with her.
I want to say thanks to Cynthia Leitich Smith and Brian Yansky for all the advice. A number of other writers were also very beneficial as I weighed my options (you know who you are). And thanks to all the authors on the Verla Kay message boards (if you haven’t checked it out, you should; it’s a wealth of knowledge).
All in all, March ended up being a pretty good month, especially when you count the Essence Best Seller Listing. The only bad thing that happened was that I didn’t win the Delacorte Contest. But as my agent said, I really shouldn’t have entered the contest in the first place. (I really did enter the contest on a technicality, and to be honest, I was felling a little guilty about it).
Thanks for all the support, guys. I’ll be sure to keep you all up to date.