H is for Hi, I’m KT and I HAVE AN AGENT!

H is for Hi, I’m KT and I HAVE AN AGENT!

I’m still in shock. Oh, don’t get me wrong, I’m utterly and completely happy, but definitely in shock. I signed with Judith Engracia of Liza Dawson Associates on April 6th 2012 :D

See, I was originally hoping to have TDP 1 ready to query this April/May, but my fantastic beta readers got the third draft back to me by the start of March. I’d managed to let them talk me into entering TDP in the Mystery Agent monthly contest on Operation Awesome, and into PitchMadness.

Now the Mystery Agent netted me a request from a lurking agent I was not expecting.  I whipped my query into shape, and sent off the query and requested pages. And I thought, well – I should probably query some of the agents I like as well. So, I sent off a total of 7 (non-requested) queries.

On Monday 12th of March, I found out I’d made it into the Agent round of Pitchmadness. This was really exciting for me as I’d finished the final pass and was just tweaking a few things on the MS. And on Wednesday I tied with two full requests. Based on my pitch and 150 words – this was a small ego booster.

I sent off both fulls on March 15th and sat, biting my nails. Seriously, this is amazingly nerve wracking.

My friends and CPs Jami, Jai, Heather and Becca all helped calm me down and avoid being a complete emotional wreck, but it was a close one. Hubby was there to keep the pieces from falling apart, too.

Because as everyone knows, a full request doesn’t necessarily mean anything. This whole subjective process wears on you and your nerves.

Then Judith sent me an DM on twitter. That she was loving it and would finish it that night. This sent me into a tailspin. Loving it is good, right? Some time passed and Judith continued to correspond with me. I received other requests and sent them.

And then the email asking if she could call.

IF? Of course she could call! She was absolutely lovely to talk to, got my book and the direction the story goes in, and made excellent suggestions I could so see improving the book. She didn’t want to remove anything, only add some.

I had to give 7 days to one of the other fulls I had out. It was one of those – please notice that I don’t ask for exclusives, just that you give me 7 days should you receive an offer. Judith is a newer agent, but very passionate, and while I really liked her, as a writer, you always wonder what’s best for your book. I’d researched a lot BEFORE sending out queries, but…

So I spent a week with 5 fulls out researching agents and clients, and recent sales and experience and anything and everything I could find. I marked pros and cons and weighed everything I could think of.

When I sent Judith the contract on Friday I was 100% happy with my agent. I think that’s increased to about 150% now.

I’m so proud to have found the person who believes in my storytelling and my ideas, who can see the bigger picture I can see. Thank you so much Judith! I’m looking forward to many amazing years to come!

To everyone out there searching for an agent, editor or whatever – remember, it only takes one person to have that spark. Don’t give up.

And have a chocolate :)

58 Comments

  1. Leigh Caroline
    Apr 9, 2012

    Because I haven’t said it enough yet: CONGRATULATIONS!! Seriously sweetie, I’m super excited, and just glad I could help. Seriously, the friday you got “The Call”, I don’t think I was able to stop smiling all day!! *giant loves*

    • K.T. Hanna
      Apr 9, 2012

      ROFL <3 Well, you and Em are a huge part of why this has been possible. Thank you. Can’t tell you how much I appreciate you, but I hope you know it.

  2. ♥ You deserve every bit of it! ♥
    So LOVED your story and so happy and proud of you! Can’t wait to see it in the bookstores! :D

    • K.T. Hanna
      Apr 9, 2012

      And you and Anthony are so awesome and I love you both! And YAY and <3

  3. Michelle
    Apr 9, 2012

    Congratulations! That is AWESOME news!!

    • K.T. Hanna
      Apr 9, 2012

      Thank you so much!

  4. Natalie C Parker
    Apr 9, 2012

    Congratulations, KT!!!!!

    • K.T. Hanna
      Apr 9, 2012

      Thank you :D See you soon!

  5. Jude
    Apr 9, 2012

    I’m so thrilled I joined Pitch Madness and won a full request for your ms! 150% happy on my end, as well :) This is the beginning of something beautiful!

    • K.T. Hanna
      Apr 9, 2012

      This is going to be so awesome :D Thank you, thank you, thank you :D

  6. Rebecca Enzor
    Apr 9, 2012

    Wow! Congrats on getting an agent! :D This is so exciting!

    You deserve many happy puppy kisses to celebrate! ^_^

    • K.T. Hanna
      Apr 9, 2012

      Thank you so much, hon :D Yeah, I’ve already been bathed in puppy love LOL!

  7. cristina
    Apr 9, 2012

    CONGRATULATIONS! and may add that I’m in no way surprised because you are one of the hardest working writers I *know*… and I’m pretty sure that soon you’ll be sharing that your book will be published. I just know it!!!!! congrats again KT this is soooo exciting :)

    • K.T. Hanna
      Apr 9, 2012

      Awww, thank you so much. This almost made me cry! I’ll keep everyone up to date :D And thank you again hon <3

  8. alexandra Villasante
    Apr 9, 2012

    CONGRATS! that’s such a wonderful story – and I’ve heard great things about Judith. My H for A-Z Challenge was almost exactly the same, only my ‘H’ was for Holy Expletive, I got an agent. I wonder how many of us A-Z babies will get an agent this month. So exciting!

    • K.T. Hanna
      Apr 9, 2012

      It’s so exciting to announce :D Thank you so much for visiting me – and it’d be great to see how many A-Z’ers have agents by the end of it hehe.
      Congrats to you and Thanks as well!

  9. Stacy Green
    Apr 9, 2012

    Congratulations! So excited for you!

    • K.T. Hanna
      Apr 9, 2012

      Thank you so much hon :D

  10. J E Fritz
    Apr 9, 2012

    This is awesome news. Congratulations! I hope things only get even better :)

    • K.T. Hanna
      Apr 9, 2012

      THank you :D I hope so too :D

  11. Avery Marsh
    Apr 9, 2012

    Congrats on your amazing news! The agency represents some great books. I can’t wait to see yours listed on the site as well. From what I remember from PitchMadness, it sounded fantastic.

    • K.T. Hanna
      Apr 9, 2012

      Thank you for saying so, hon. Yeah, I’m really stoked. Some of the covers from the agency are gorgeous (I know I’m a coversist), and I’d be honoured to be listed there. I’m glad you thought it sounded great, and I’m really glad Judith agreed with you hehe.

  12. Tia Bach
    Apr 9, 2012

    Such wonderful news. So happy for you. Truly! Looking forward to seeing all the places you will go.

    • K.T. Hanna
      Apr 10, 2012

      Thank you so much, hon :D Much appreciated. I’m looking forward to where I go too haha!

  13. Rebekah Loper
    Apr 9, 2012

    Congratulations! I’m so happy for you :)

    • K.T. Hanna
      Apr 10, 2012

      Thanks hon – looking forward to OWFI :D

  14. Krista M
    Apr 9, 2012

    Congratulations! That is so very very exciting! :)

    • K.T. Hanna
      Apr 10, 2012

      Thank you so much! I’m really excited too!

  15. Robert Sloan
    Apr 10, 2012

    Congratulations! I’m so happy for you – busting with pride. This rocks! Best news I’ve heard in a long time!

    Write on!

    • K.T. Hanna
      Apr 10, 2012

      Thanks, hon :D Awww – that’s really sweet of you. I’ll write lots!

  16. Ciara Ballintyne
    Apr 10, 2012

    Congratulations! I’m so happy for you. And a little green with envy of course ;-)

    • K.T. Hanna
      Apr 10, 2012

      Thanks, hon! And yes, I fully understand the a little green with envy thing. It’s very strange for me NOT to be that for once…

  17. Prudence MacLeod
    Apr 10, 2012

    Congratulations!!! That is such awesome news. I am so very happy for you.

    • K.T. Hanna
      Apr 10, 2012

      :D Thank you! I’m so happy I could dance!

  18. Andrew Patterson
    Apr 10, 2012

    YAY! That such awesome news! :D So very proud of you. You totally deserve this and I can’t wait to read the book when it comes out…I will be expecting an autograph…just sayin’ :D #writemotivation all the way! :D

    • K.T. Hanna
      Apr 10, 2012

      Bwah hah hah – you’re so getting the autograph ;) Thanks, hon. Much appreciated. See you Saturday.

  19. Jen
    Apr 10, 2012

    Yay congrats!

    I remember going through the agent process last year and landing my own was one of the best days of my life!!!! It is a huge step! I’m currently on submission with the first book and now just completing the first book in a YA dystopian series.

    Excited to hear how it all goes for you! Drop me a line when you have a chance. xx

    • K.T. Hanna
      Apr 10, 2012

      Thank you!
      It’s such an amazing thing, and I was so surprised.
      Good luck with your submission process. I will go visit your blog and cheer you on!

  20. Heather Cashman
    Apr 10, 2012

    And I couldn’t be happier for you! I am so proud that you stuck with it, hushed those negative thoughts, and brought Sai, Dom, and Bastian to life. And you’re an awesome crit partner. XOXO

    • K.T. Hanna
      Apr 10, 2012

      You’re an awesome part of my cheering team <3 Thank you love!

  21. Michael Haynes
    Apr 10, 2012

    Congratulations!!!

    • K.T. Hanna
      Apr 10, 2012

      Thank you!

  22. Melanie McCullough
    Apr 10, 2012

    So happy for you. Congratulations!!

    • K.T. Hanna
      Apr 10, 2012

      Thank you so much, hon :D

  23. Jocelyn Rish
    Apr 10, 2012

    I already squeed over on FB, but I had to come here and read the whole story. I’m so excited for you! Congrats!

    • K.T. Hanna
      Apr 10, 2012

      I’m so excited I want to grasp hands and jump around in circles LOL <3 Thank you hon *hugs*

  24. Lissa Clouser
    Apr 10, 2012

    Ahhh!!! Lots and lots and LOTS of congratulations to you! Ride the wave my dear. I know there will be more working and waiting in the days, months, years to come, but enjoy every thrill of it when you can! CONGRATS!

    • K.T. Hanna
      Apr 10, 2012

      I’ma riding that wave lol. Trying to anyway. Had to get sick didn’t I? Lol. Thank you so much <3

  25. A.J. Locke
    Apr 10, 2012

    Congrats on landing an agent!! That’s awesome!

    • K.T. Hanna
      Apr 10, 2012

      Thank you :D I’m so stoked!

  26. Sarah
    Apr 10, 2012

    I saw this tweeted by Damyanti G. on my Twitter feed. Congratulations. It really sounds like you are bouncing off the walls with happiness. :) I love how you wrote this post because it was written in such a way that I could just feel the puzzle pieces falling into place.

    Congrats once again and good luck with the rest of the A to Z Challenge!

    Sarah @ The Writer’s Experiment

  27. Marcy Kennedy
    Apr 11, 2012

    Congrats! I can’t even say how awesome that is. I’m in the querying process as well with fulls out to agents I met at a conference, and so hearing your story renews my hope :)

  28. Stephanie Berget
    Apr 11, 2012

    Congratulations KT. How exciting for you. WooHoo!!!

  29. Sarah Pearson
    Apr 12, 2012

    Congratulations! This is fantastic news :-)

  30. Rance
    Apr 12, 2012

    HOLY SHIT HOW DID I MISS THIS.

    ConGRATULATIONS! I’m really proud of you and super-duper happy! You kick your ass with your writing, so this is just another step in the general direction of success!

  31. Sharon K Mayhew
    May 3, 2012

    Judith is an amazing young woman. She will be an awesome agent from you. It sounds like she is out there working editors as hard as she can. Congratulations!

  32. Carrie Butler
    May 5, 2012

    How did I miss this, K.T.? Congratulations! :D

    • K.T. Hanna
      May 15, 2012

      Thank you so much :)

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