I tweeted about it last week, but 140 characters doesn't usually cut it on the blog and I couldn't squeeze in more with all the work we've been doing. So, The Announcement: I've signed with a new agent, Melissa Sarver of Elizabeth Kaplan Lit.
If you don't know Melissa, let me tell you a few things about her:
1. She wears glasses (okay, that was a gimme...but doesn't she look like she'd be fun to hang out with?)
2. She worked as an assistant at multiple agencies before starting to take on her own clients a bunch of years ago which means she's paid her dues and learned the business from people with different styles and perspectives. Invaluable experience.
3. Her clients say things like: she's patient, a fantastic editor, great communicator, I LOVE her, fantastic, professional, smart, enthusiastic cheerleader, the one part of publishing I'm never frustrated with, got my manuscript read by [super-editor] I was fixated on, supportive, clever, fun, works very hard to get the best exposure for each manuscript, my ideal agent (sorry, clients, I hope you don't mind my sharing!)
4. None of her clients had a single bad thing to say - not one caution. You might think: well, of course not, she's their agent! But three times before when I've asked about agents, current clients have red-flagged things. In one case, it was about my former agent and the red flag ended up the reason for our split. Current clients speak the truth - often delicately, but still honestly. They don't want to be on the hook for your future problems.
5. She was the first agent to request a partial of The Mark way back when. Funny coincidence, no? Ultimately she rejected it. Good call since that version was about a year and four drafts from ready.
6. She remembered The Mark and read it when it came out (major bonus points!)
7. I was referred to her by another agent, Holly Root, who said even more good stuff about her and her publishing contacts.
8. She's fast. Read my manuscript lightning-quick and gets back to me right away. LOVE that!
9. She's a Pats fan living in NY. I'm a Pats fan living in NY (okay, we haven't actually talked about this but I saw it on Twitter. Also, my husband's the real Pats fan. I'm from PA, but the Eagles stink and I can't root for a guy who beats dogs so what the hey)
10. We're already knee-deep in manuscript and title changes, write-ups of the next book and it is all good. She's had really solid suggestions and guidance so far and I am super-psyched to be working with her!