A writer friend of mine, Susan Gloss, has this print hanging over her writing desk. She posted it to her social media sites when she finally received her “YES.” She had signed with the perfect literary agent. She was legit. Today, I’m thrilled to be able to post it to my social media sites, for the same reason.
When you’re trying to become a legitimate author/illustrator, you send out a lot of queries in hopes of landing the PERFECT agent… one that totally understands your vision, your process, and your abilities. And you get rejected. A lot. Not just like, 10 times… like, 110 times. But you keep working. You keep getting critiqued. You develop your craft. But it takes a village.
I’ve been lucky enough to have an amazing village. My family (especially my husband and momma) have devoted countless hours of “I’ll watch the kids so you can make weird stuff in the basement” time FOR YEARS and there’s no way in the world I could do this without their love and support. My friends have all been amazing, too. AND, I didn’t realize how absolutely vital it is to connect with other writers/illustrators until I already had formed some great friendships through Twitter and SCBWI. These people really get it. They’ve gone through it (or are going through it now) and provide such an amazing support system. They provide critiques, friendship, and a solid “you’re not in this alone” atmosphere. Not to mention, most of them are hilarious.
It was through one of these people, Julie Falatko (www.worldofjulie.com), that I met my perfect literary agent. Julie has been incredibly supportive of my illustration and totally instrumental in my writing. If I have any future in the literary world, it will be because of her. She ended up being the matchmaker between her super-agent, Danielle Smith of Foreward Literary, and myself.
Danielle is absolutely amazing and I could not be more thrilled to make this announcement. She knows picture books like nobody’s business, used to be an engineer, was offered a full ride to Juilliard to become a professional flautist but turned it down (as one does), wrote a massively successful children’s book blog, and now she’s killing it as a literary agent (while raising two young children… obviously).
We have a great relationship and we’re very excited to begin pitching within the next couple of weeks!
So… there you go… THERE’S MY HAPPY NEWS!
Additionally, a massive “thank you” to writer sisters… Julie, Carter Higgins, E. Stevens Omlor, Dev Petty, Danielle Davis, and Susan Parsons… I certainly would have quit a long time ago without your support and awesomeness!