Monday, January 10, 2022

I’ve Got News!

I’m thrilled to announce I’m an agented author. After months of querying and talking and thinking and considering and negotiating, I signed the contract this weekend. Thank goodness we signed it before she reads that sentence. 

Anyway, I’m now represented by Cathie Hedrick Armstrong of The Purcell Agency. She’ll be working with me to place a manuscript I’ve written that’s a cross between The Gilmore Girls and Crossing Delancey. It’s not an overnight process by any means, but I’m looking forward to getting started with her and having someone on my team. She has a great sense of humor (and seems very nice), so we’ll get along just fine.

 

Finding an agent is different from finding a publisher. The agent has to believe they can sell your work, and the agent and author have be able to get along. In addition, there needs to be transparency. One of the things I loved when interviewing her—because while she has to decide whether or not she wants to work with me, I also have to decide if she’s the right agent for me—was she took the time to tell me what she does for her clients. She went over every step of the process, including how much of a collaboration it will be. Because while she is definitely the one with the sources and connections, I need to be comfortable with how she’s representing me and my work. In addition, she gave me the names of all her clients, not just the ones she’s had success with. I loved that. 

 

I hope to have more news to share in the future, but in the meantime, I can’t wait to get started.

10 comments:

  1. That's wonderful news, Jennifer! Congratulations!

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    1. Thanks, Judith. I'm very excited to see where this goes.

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    1. Thanks, Claire. I'm really excited about the opportunity.

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  3. Congratulations!!!!!
    Leslie Kallus

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    1. Thanks, Leslie. So nice to hear from you. Hope you and your family are well.

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  4. So happy for you. Don't know anything about Gilmore Girls but loved Crossing Delancey and love your stories so here's to the publication of your new work.

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