I have an agent, the lovely Amanda Lewis of Doe Coover agency!!
The story is long, but here goes. :0)
I wrote my MG STUNG (about a girl who loves bugs and solves mysteries) almost two years ago. I've been re-working it ever since. I spent some time this spring rewriting it and sent it out to a few agents. But honestly, I'd decided to trunk it after that, because I feared (as my first book), that maybe it wasn't meant to be.
Two agents liked it, but both suggested it was neither firmly MG or YA (it was YA at the time). I pondered what to do about it, and then struck out to write THIRST. I finished THIRST, got feedback from my lovely critique partners, and started querying it.
I was sure that THIRST, a dystopian, would be a winner... but that was because I didn't realize that dystopians sold really well... 2 years ago! THIRST, a YA about a post-climate-shift world wasn't unique enough. I had several requests for partial and full manuscripts, but I didn't have a lot of hope for it.
Cue the freak out.
I was angry with myself for using time to write THIRST when I could have been writing something else. I tried to be open-minded about it: to consider what I learned in writing THIRST as a benefit, no matter what the outcome.
But that is so difficult. We toil over a project because we want it to see the light of day.
So I turned again to STUNG, and thought the smartest move would be to take the feedback I'd been given to rework it into a MG book. I finished it and sent it to one of my fantastic crit partners.
At about that time, an agent held a contest where you could submit your query and she would tell you the truth about it. I entered a new query of STUNG, hoping for feedback. She requested pages.
I quickly sent it out to two other agents who I thought were a great match for the book, and my work in general. Three agents.
...and that's when I got "the call".
I can say that I feel, without a doubt, that I've found the right agent for my work.
I went to meet Amanda this week, and spent several hours talking with her, getting to know her, and discussing working styles, books, and many other topics.
It was fantastic, and I couldn't be happier.
I'd like to thank the Academy... but really, it would not have happened without Erinn Manack, Holly Dodson, Alicia Gregoire, Marquita Hockaday, Pam Harris, and Maryanne Fantalis, my excellent crit partners + the Weekend of Awesome crew.