The Call (part four): Be careful what you wish for

Because…

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The fireworks just won’t stop. Luckily I have lots of July 4th-esque pictures on my computer, so no sign of running out yet. But really, be careful what you wish for. I always thought it would be the coolest thing ever to have two agents want my book — and it is cool. Really really cool. But my fantasies forgot the stressful part.

Writers want agents who are:

  • passionate about the book!
  • convinced it will sell
  • knowledgeable about the market/industry
  • willing to spend lots of time marketing the book to editors, so —
  • passionate about the book!

What if two agents don’t just meet the requirements, but blow them away?

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Well, yes. Fireworks.

Lots of time thinking, too. Researching. Thinking.

Will keep you updated. Off to think.

***

PS: I have to tell this Halloween story:

We were walking downtown on Saturday night, all cold and kind of creeped out because of Sketchy People (yes, capital letters!) — when this homeless man JUMPED out at us and yelled —

“BOOOGIE — WOOOGIE — WOOOGIE!”

And as we were screaming and running away, he was like (in a smoker-gravelly voice) —

“Well hey, it’s Halloween…”

And it made my day. What a great guy. It was, after all, Halloween, and kudos to him for scaring us to death.

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10 responses to “The Call (part four): Be careful what you wish for

  1. Hey, this is just the world’s way of giving you a big hug and telling you that it always thought you were awesome, even if it hasn’t treated you SO kindly in the past. 😀

    Love the story. haha!

  2. writerkirsty

    Okay, I’ll take the hug… I’m just stressing! eek!

  3. Julie Duck

    Wait! Did I miss something? You have two agents hot on your trail? Cool beans! Tell me – what happened?

    – Julie

    • writerkirsty

      yep… an agent who had my full made an offer a few days after the first. Cool beans, definitely 🙂 And it’s really encouraging. But hard to make the decision! I will let you know what I decide… when I decide… (they are both SO cool)

      • Julie Duck

        Gee! Those beans are very cool! I’m curious about what you’re going through, as I am expecting a call today and I don’t know when. It will probably happen when I’m in the bathroom! LOL!

      • writerkirsty

        YES I am so excited for you! Go dance in the streets… buy yourself Starbucks… smile a lot. This is so cool. Beans. Cool. Wow. I know, I was terrified that the phone would ring while I was in the bathroom. Let me know how it goes — I will be waiting for news!!

  4. Julie Duck

    I tried to send you an e-mail and your account doesn’t work? Maybe it’s my account.

    – Julie

  5. Kirsten!

    Got the CALL last night!!!!

    Now it’s time to contact the other agent. I wish I had a standard form e-mail for that. Guess there’s no perfect way other than telling them you’ve got an offer and giving them a date to respond by…?

    – Julie

    • writerkirsty

      Hoorah! I’m soooo happy for you. Re: the email, I think you can just say: I received an offer on my manuscript X and am planning on making a decision by X date, so I wanted to give you an opportunity to respond. Something like that — they’ll understand.

      CoNgRaTs!!

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