I've been getting a lot of emails, asking how things are going now that I have an agent. Short answer: Great! But, I know, that answer doesn't really say a lot.
The truth is, I am thrilled/amazed/thankful to have the support of such a wonderful person. But I still have to cook for the family, pay the bills and put away the mountain of laundry threatening to overtake my dining room. So in a lot of ways, things haven't changed that much. At least, not yet.
In December, Michelle asked some questions, made some brilliant suggestions and I finished my edits on New Year's Day. Then the day I left on vacation, she pitched a list of editors. Most of them asked to see the manuscript. Hooray!
And ignore the butterflies of anticipation.
Kind of like querying. (Yes, I just went to check my email as it dinged!)
Katie Anderson says to enjoy submissionitis, that pukey feeling that sends your pulse racing, sort of like first love.
Um, yeah. First boyfriend? We all know how that relationship turned out!
Still, I see her point. It's all about enjoying every step of the journey.
Since this is my first time on submission, I have nothing to compare it to, but Stina Lindenblatt found a great post by ABLA agent Jennifer Laughran that you really should read, whether you're on submission or still looking for an agent. It pretty much lays out all the details of what happens after you get an agent. It's fun to read.
And to dream :)