It used to be Marketing Monday, but today I'm feeling blank on the subject. But in a good way.
After accepting the offer of representation from Elizabeth Winick at McIntosh & Otis, I then had to withdraw the manuscript from consideration by the other agents who had fulls. I'd had 7 full requests that occurred all around the same time. Two had already rejected, one of which on the very morning Elizabeth contacted me. These agents were expecting more romance (not sure why), so they passed.
So I contacted the other four still reading. Two were so sweet! They congratulated me and thanked me for letting them know. And two of them didn't respond at all, but they may have been at BEA last week.
Now I have nothing to market. Not that the agent search wasn't fun at times. It was a time-consuming process with the research and background checks, and postage costs burned a considerable hole in my wallet. Yet there was always that anticipation, sometimes with a promising outcome, and sometimes with a discouraging one. I figure the experience was preparing me for my manuscript's journey into the publishing world. I haven't reached the end of rejections yet.
So now I'm working on a list of revisions my agent suggested to make the book the best it can be. I'm so excited for Chalice! She's going to make her way to bookstore shelves, with more books to follow. This one's just the first in the series. I'm bubbling with plenty of ideas for the next few books, but I won't start on them until Knight's Curse is sold.
Thanks, all of you, for your lovely words of congratulations and good wishes. I loved reading your notes and hope you'll hang with me for the rest of this journey. It's going to be a thrilling ride with plenty of twists and turns along the way.