Saturday, August 29, 2009

I Have an Agent

It feels surreal to be writing this. I have an agent! Marlene Stringer of Stringer Literary Agency! Just typing these words brings butterflies to my stomach.

After reading my query letter, Marlene Stringer requested the first fifty pages of THE HUNTED and I accidentally sent the wrong manuscript (I had titled two partials with the same title). I sent a traditional YA fantasy which she very promptly rejected. I emailed her right away explaining my mistake and she graciously allowed me to resubmit.

Three weeks later, she requested the full manuscript.

A bit of time passed. On an ordinary Tuesday afternoon, I had an email from her. My stomach was in knots. With trembling fingers I opened the email.


“As promised, I have read THE HUNTED. I really enjoyed it, and tried to phone you on the number listed on your email.

I think I connected with wrong number.

Please advise a number that I may reach you by phone so we can talk.”


I had to read the email four times before it sank in. I emailed her my home number. She called within minutes and we had a nice long chat about her agency and my writing. She offered to represent me.

And that is the beginning of my story.

Anything else you wanna know? Ask away. I’d love to answer any questions.

37 comments:

Dominique said...

Congratulations! That's fantastic.

Suzette Saxton said...

Yay Bethany!!! Congratulations!!!

Lost Wanderer said...

That's amazing, and clearly meant to be since it happened despite wrong manuscript, wrong phone number, and time lapse of months.

Congratulations.

J.N. Future Author said...

That is awesome!!!! Congratz!!!!

David said...

great story -- congratulations.

WindyA said...

Wow, Bethany, that is awesome! Congratulations and thanks for sharing your story!

Stephanie Thornton said...

Congratulations Bethany! I'm doing a happy dance for you right now!

Strange Fiction said...

Congratulations -- so good to hear a success story!

Liana Brooks said...

Fantastic news! I'm so happy for you!

Angie said...

That is so exciting and wonderful! Yes, I did like it when I read it way back when!

Yamile said...

How wonderful! I'm so happy for you, and inspired by your perseverance and faith in your work. Way to go!

ElanaJ said...

Congrats Beth!

Mandy said...

Congrats! How wonderful, I'm sending good vibes your way as you get ready to submit (yet again) ;) Your story sounds so similar to mine I can't even believe it! Hopefully I can secure a happy ending like you did!

Yunaleska said...

Whoohoo! That's awesome news! Yay!

Evenstarr1 said...

I am soo happy for you! You have given me hope to continue querying on! I can't wait to read your book! Keep up updated!

Elizabeth Mahlou said...

Good for you for hanging in there! Even literary classics and best sellers have often been rejected for the simple reason that the author is unknown (which becomes a catch 22). Look like you have broken out of that mold!

Jessica said...

Woohooo! I don't know you but am SO excited for you! What a cool story! Goes to prove that it only takes one yes.
So what was up with the phone number? Was it really the wrong one?

B.J. Anderson said...

That is so amazingly awesome! It's so uplifting to see people's hard work pay off. Congratulations!

Teri said...

Congratulation! I am thrilled for your news!

Cole Gibsen said...

Hooray!!! I'm so happy for you:)

Stina Lindenblatt said...

Congrats, Bethany. That's fantastic.

christine said...

CONGRATS!!! That is awesome. Keep us posted on your great progress.

suz said...

Congratulations!!! I wish you much success in this new and very exciting journey!!

Please try to keep us updated on your journey.

smiles,

Amy Tate said...

A BIG CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!! Wow! What an awesome story too!!!! You know, the fact that you accidentally sent her the wrong story, and then she allowed you to resubmit, is so encouraging. Because we all make those kinds of mistakes and it proves that agents and editors are anxious to find good manuscripts. Thanks for sharing!

Novice Writer Anonymous said...

Congratulations! That's so exciting!

Shelli said...

yay! congrads

Danyelle said...

Cookies, punch and cake! That is so awesome, and I'm so happy for you! Thank you for sharing--it helps to know that this is (one of) the hard part(s). It's always good to be among friends. :D

Katie Ganshert said...

THese types of stories never get old! I LOVE reading agent/contract stories! Thanks for sharing yours!

Michelle McLean said...

no one deserves it more - congrats!!!!

Solvang Sherrie said...

Congrats! That's so exciting!

Conda V. Douglas said...

Yay! Congrats! It's always great when all that hard work works!

KM said...

YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :]

Anita said...

Woo hoo!!!

Thanks for sharing your story! Why was your # wrong?

Bethany Wiggins said...

The wrong number... it was actually the right number. I query under a pen name, Coli Pinnell. My answering machine says my real name, Bethany Wiggins. I can be such an idiot some times! Luckily, it all worked out in the end!

Thank you, everyone, for all of the support and well wishing! I feel loved.

Diana Paz said...

I just read this. OMG I've been lurking on Query Tracker forever and now you're agented!!!! Huge congratulations and much success :)

JANICE said...

Thank you for reading my blog. I want to get my story of pain out. as you might have read I'm as talented writer as you. but it needs to be told to help other who have been the horres that i have threw.I want them to know there not alone.
Thank you for any help
Janice

Lisa and Laura said...

Congratulations!!!! Marlene is amazing. She took the time to give us a ton of feedback on our first manuscript. She sounds like an amazing agent. Good luck with submissions!