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Friday, May 30, 2008

The Eagle has Landed... an AGENT!!!


Yes! It's happened and I couldn't be more thrilled with my new agent! I have an agent! I'll never get tired of saying that. Hee hee. Life is good.

Elizabeth Winick of McIntosh & Otis, one of the oldest and most prestigious literary agencies in New York City (since 1928), called me yesterday. She'd read my full manuscript that I'd sent about a month ago and loved it! We had a wonderful conversation where we discussed the book at length, she has suggestions for revisions (I'm so there), and she offered to represent me. And to represent my career. It's the real deal, folks, the whole enchilada.

That was my goal; to find an agent who is hands-on editorially and who is interested in more than just the book I had on offer. She has her eye on my future. The agency also specializes in subsidiary and translation rights, all taken care of in-house. Can anyone say possible movie deal somewhere along the line? Squeeee! That would be awesome, wouldn't it? McIntosh & Otis also manages the estate of John Steinbeck and Harold Robbins.

What's really wonderful is how excited Elizabeth is about my book, and she loves Chalice almost as much as I do!

I know it's taken me a while to post this on my blog, but I've been busy emailing friends and announcing the news on AW. Now I must float back to the ground and work the other job or I won't be able to pay the mortgage. Sigh. But my goal is to make a living writing books, so the first step has been made. Wish me luck that I can take it all the way! Woo hoo!

13 comments:

D. Moonfire said...

Congratulations! I know how hard it is to get an agent (haven't done it myself) and sound like a great match. May it be a long, productive, and wordy relationship.

Doreen Orion said...

Came over from AW to congratulate you. So... BIG CONGRATS! I remember how this feels... savor it!

December/Stacia said...

That is so AWESOME!! Congratulations!!

*breaks out the cyber champagne"

Live on the Fly said...

That is amazingly awesome!! I am so excited for you. I don't blame you for telling the world. When you decide to make it an audio book, give me a ring!

Laurie said...

Karen, congratulations on landing an agent. Sounds like a dream situation.

What an interesting blog! Although I'm more SciFi(Rom) inclined, your posts were a lot of fun to read.

Thanks for stopping by the Toasted Scimitar. :)

colbymarshall said...

Congratulations on the beginning of what I'm sure will be a long and successful writing career! I can't wait to see what happens next for you. Also, thank you for always encouraging me to keep going...you AW folks keep me going!

Karen Duvall said...

Thanks, everyone! I'm unbelievably grateful for the outpouring of congratulations I've received since announcing my news. Wow! The writing community is truly awesome and I'm truly blessed. Thank you, thank you, each and everyone of you. [[[hugs]]]

Catie said...

*beams and beams* Yay Karen! YAAAAAAY!

-Catie

Courtney Allison said...

Congrats Karen!!! That is so exciting for you!! Chalice sounds really cool, so I can't wait to see it on the shelves!!

Courtney
(fellow AWer)

cindy said...

karen, i'm so thrilled for you. i knew you would land an agent and i know this will be snatched up soon for publication. /bootay shake!!!

Skarrah said...

Congratulations!!

Nancy Beck said...

Karen,

I'm SO SO happy for you! :-) After looking at a portion of your ms. you wanted critted over a month ago (and I remember not finding much of anything to crit, so I was dumbfounded as to why you hadn't received representation), I found your current portion up to crit on AW (I sign in as JerseyGirl over there).

I've been wondering if you'd finally had some success, and so glad to see that you have!!!!! :-)

B.J. Anderson said...

Yay!!!! I can't congratulate you enough.