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11 December 2009 @ 03:40 pm
Agent Appreciation  
Today is Agent Appreciation Day!

No, seriously, it is. YA author Kody Keplinger made it up and Lisa and Laura Roecker have a whole list of all the writers giving thanks for their brilliant agents.

My agent is Jim McCarthy at Dystel & Goderich, so I am particularly fond of these other posts praising him.

I still can't believe that I have an agent, honestly. I started querying less than three months ago, and I tried to keep my hopes realistic, and I sort of prayed that by the holidays I might have some interest. But now I have an agent who loved my book. Who was really excited to represent me. That alone means the world to me.

Then last month Jim read my book again and sent me questions. Insightful, thoughtful,awesomesauce, challenging questions. They helped me edit and improve the book immensely. Look, even his boss says that he has a brilliant editorial mind! The interwebs also have proof that he is both funny and thoughtful.

And he responds to my questions super-quickly. Like within fifteen minutes.

And today he is sending out my book to some editors. He believes they may want to make it into an actual real live book, and though I know this is sort of the whole point, it still...I still can't quite believe it. How wonderful and insane is that?

Thank you, Jim.
 
 
 
(Anonymous) on December 11th, 2009 08:53 pm (UTC)
Woo-hoo! Let's celebrate this good news tonight! -Liz
Jessica Spotswoodjessica_shea on December 11th, 2009 09:48 pm (UTC)
Ooh, let's! I think some pinot noir is calling my name.
seeyouupside on December 11th, 2009 08:54 pm (UTC)
He's sending it out today???? CONGRATS JESS!!!!!!

You've been such an inspiration to me--what little we've known of each other. You are so strong and wonderful and honest. :-)

I am beyond happy for you (and your agent of awesome!).
Jessica Spotswoodjessica_shea on December 11th, 2009 09:48 pm (UTC)
Aw, thanks, Rach! You are pretty wonderful yourself. :)
Kathleen Foucart: Heartskathleenfoucart on December 11th, 2009 09:21 pm (UTC)
YAY!!! *confetti*
Jessica Spotswoodjessica_shea on December 11th, 2009 09:49 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Kathleen! I am hoping to dig into your W&F this weekend in-between Christmas craziness. I can't wait!
ext_218358 on December 11th, 2009 09:30 pm (UTC)
Congrats! Woo hoo! Good luck!
Best of luck to you! Jim is awesome to work with!

Shawntelle
Jessica Spotswoodjessica_shea on December 11th, 2009 09:50 pm (UTC)
Re: Congrats! Woo hoo! Good luck!
Thanks, Shawntelle! Good luck to you too!
(Anonymous) on December 11th, 2009 09:56 pm (UTC)
Thanks!
Thanks so much for your incredibly thoughtful post, Jessica. I'm super excited to have your book out there and look forward to lots and lots of mutual success in the future.

I feel totally spoiled by my lovely clients. And you even think I'm funny! I do try. Really hard. :)

Thanks a bunch and lots of love,
Jim
Jessica Spotswoodjessica_shea on December 12th, 2009 06:24 pm (UTC)
Re: Thanks!
You are welcome! I'm so excited to see where the next few weeks take us.
(Anonymous) on December 11th, 2009 10:03 pm (UTC)
Smilesauce. :)
(Anonymous) on December 11th, 2009 10:04 pm (UTC)
- sep
Jessica Spotswoodjessica_shea on December 12th, 2009 06:25 pm (UTC)
Indeed. :) These posts were all so much fun to read. Lots of happy-agent author matches.
elanajohnsonelanajohnson on December 11th, 2009 10:45 pm (UTC)
Congrats on going on submission! And happy agent day to Jim. :)
Jessica Spotswoodjessica_shea on December 12th, 2009 06:25 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Elana!
Julia Karrjuliakarr on December 11th, 2009 10:51 pm (UTC)
Hey Jessica! Isn't this Agent Appreciation Day awesome?! And, look at you! Out on subs!!! Got my fingers crossed! Woot!
Jessica Spotswoodjessica_shea on December 12th, 2009 06:26 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Julia! I'm glad that I have all the craziness of Christmas to distract me, honestly!
jenniferjabaleyjenniferjabaley on December 13th, 2009 03:01 am (UTC)
Best of luck on submissions!!!!!
Jessica Spotswoodjessica_shea on December 14th, 2009 04:15 am (UTC)
Thank you! I'm very excited!
ex_kaz_maho on December 14th, 2009 08:09 pm (UTC)
I can't wait to hear news of a sale, I really can't! :)

Keep us informed, okay?
Jessica Spotswoodjessica_shea on December 16th, 2009 02:49 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I will, absolutely. I'm sure everyone will hear me screaming from the rooftops. :)
suzettesaxton on December 16th, 2009 05:58 am (UTC)
Wow, what a speedy trip to publication! Thrilling, I imagine, and I am thrilled for you. Jim sounds great!
Jessica Spotswoodjessica_shea on December 16th, 2009 02:49 pm (UTC)
It is completely thrilling, thank you!