Goodness gracious, time flies when you’re revising. But now that I have a break in the action, I wanted to post something really special, something really amazing, and something that made me cry in September, and still makes me tear up as I write it.
I have a new agent.
Naomi Davis of Bookends Literary Agency called me to talk about my story in late September. I was at a crossroads with IRONSFORK, unsure of whether I was ready to query that story again or start querying my new story, TREE GODS. I’ve always liked Naomi, and she was top of my list to query with TREE GODS.
I thought she had called me because she was a nice person who remembered me from querying and wanted to give me some solid advice about what I should do. It’s hard parting ways with an agent or an agency, especially when the situation isn’t easy for anyone. I was surprised and ecstatic when Naomi offered me representation, not just good advice! (And yes, she gave me a lot of good advice, too!)
I thought about it for a week or so. I knew I was coming into this new relationship with some emotional fragility, and I also knew that IRONSFORK, while dear to my heart, was going to need some radical changes to have a chance. I would need to realign my vision with my new partner in my writing journey.
I was right. And it’s awesome.
Yes, I know I probably have a lot left to do even after cutting over 22,000 words in five weeks, changing some setting details, and amping the epic on what is a very epic fantasy. But I’m glad I made the choice to jump back in and keep fighting. Thank you so much, Naomi, for believing in my story enough to fight for it with me!