So, here's how it all went down. I queried Daniel on 11/9/11. He requested the full manuscript the same day. His wasn't the first request I received, but I was nervous anyway. If you're a writer, you understand. Every time I sent something out to an agent it felt like turning my skin inside out. Scary. Very Scary.
Still, life goes on, especially when you have four kids. I went about my day. I refrained from checking my email every two minutes--showing great restraint, I only checked it every five minutes--and tried to forget (HA! as if that was possible) that an agent might be reading my book right this very second!!!
Fast forward to this Tuesday (11/29/11). I got an email from Daniel asking if I had time to talk to him on the phone some time that day. Um, yeah. I had time. I spent the day walking in circles with both my cell phone and my home phone tucked into my pockets. I tried not to get too excited (didn't work). He might be calling to ask me to revise the novel and resubmit it. He might be calling to say he read it, but didn't love it. Or...he might be calling to offer to represent me.
Finally, at 4:30, the phone rang. Three of the kids were home. Attempting to appear professional, I bribed them into silence and ran into the other room.
It was The Call. He offered to represent me. I was stunned. He said he liked several things about the book, but that there were also several things that needed to be changed. If I accepted the offer, big rewrites would be involved. I suspected this because the entire time he had the manuscript he would periodically email me with his thoughts on edits the book needed.
If you're a writer, you know what a great kindness this is. You know how it feels to wonder what's going on with the manuscript you submitted. Agents are busy people. They don't have to update you. You're not their client. They have no obligation to you. Taking the time to do this was one of the (many) things that impressed me about Dan.
The other thing (okay--besides the fact that he's a Rock Star of an agent!) that impressed me were his suggestions about the book. The things he thought needed to change were not small things, but they were the right things. If I accepted his offer, I would work with an independent editor to revise the manuscript before he submits it to publishers.
All of this was going through my mind during our phone conversation. (Well, that and trying not to embarrass myself too much!) Another agent had my manuscript so I didn't accept his offer right away. I notified the other agent and waited to hear from her before making my decision.
Obviously, you know the outcome. I'm thrilled to say that I am now represented by Daniel Lazar. I have a lot of work ahead of me, but the thing that's so exciting is that I'm working with people (I just got off the phone with my editor and she is Fantastic! Really, I love her already!) that get what I'm trying to do with the story.
So what's next? Well, I dive into the revision process. Again. And I'm excited to do so! After that, we try to find a publisher which is a whole different process!