Monday, March 29, 2010

So...I HAVE AN AGENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I have a feeling some of you aren't surprised by this news. I have NOT done a very good job of keeping it secret--but it was HARD!  I had to wait almost three weeks from the time I got the email offering rep to the time I got the contract--do you know how long that is in Shannon years????

But yes--those of you who emailed me guessing what was going on (or those of you nodding your heads right now thinking, "I KNEW IT!")
Yes!
I have an agent!

It's all signed and official...see:
(Yes, I had to do the obligatory "signing my contract" picture--it's a MUST!)

*pauses to jump up and down*

AND--as if that weren't amazing enough--she happens to be the agent who was at the top of my Wish List from the very beginning. An agent I admire so much--especially after meeting her at the conference--I'm still having a hard time believing it's true. But the contract doesn't lie, so I can now happily announce that I am repped by the uber-fabulous:

Laura Rennert with Andrea Brown Lit.

*Jumps up and down again*

I'm not going to rave too much about how amazing Laura is (because, well, she might be reading this and I'm not sure I need her knowing *quite* how much of a Fangirl I secretly am)--BUT, if you're curious about her you can read more about her here.

And yes, I'm aware that this means I have a certain deal to fulfill--but I'm not going to get into that today! (Don't worry, it's coming. I am nothing, if not a girl of my word. *grumbles about vlogging*)

I also have to give a little shout out to my husband, who has been SO patient and supportive this year, especially through the insanity of these last few months with my crazy revision schedule. Not only did he bring me flowers to celebrate my signing, he also gave me this:

(I have him well trained, don't I?)

Which turned out to be a new charm for my charm bracelet to commemorate the milestone. Apparently there are no book related charms, so he picked the envelope, since my Agency Agreement came in the mail. (Here's hoping Tiffanys releases a book related charm by the time I finally sell my book. Maybe I should send them a letter suggesting it...) ;)

And, I want to finish by taking a minute to thank you guys: my loyal, amazing blog followers. You've listened to me whine, cheered me on in your comments and emails--shoot, a couple of you became my CPs. Not to mention a certain Twitter Campaign, which will forever live in infamy. I'm not sure I could've reached this point if it weren't for all your support. So thank you. As an expression of my gratitude, I've used the last couple of weeks to assemble a contest of EPIC proportions! (no really, this one blows my other contests away!) Stop by tomorrow for all the details. I promise--you won't be disappointed.

Okay...so...the news is FINALLY announced!

Now, I'm off to happy dance and squeal and generally make a complete fool out of myself for a few minutes (good thing there's no one around to witness it) and then it's time to get started on Laura's editorial notes, which are...um...thorough. But it's okay, she's spot on--and I'm the queen of revision anyway. Plus...THIS REVISION IS FOR MY AGENT!

SQUEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

112 comments:

  1. WOOHOO!!!! Congratulations!!! :D :D

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  2. Congratulations! That is so awesome and deserved.
    :-)

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  3. I am not surprised, but I am so happy for you! Congratulations!

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  4. YAY! Congratulations!!! *Tosses confetti*

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  5. Yay! That's awesome! Congrats!

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  6. Wow! What an agent to score!!

    Congratulations and good luck with everything to come!

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  7. YAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  8. Congrats!! That is great news! I had my husband take that same picture of me when I signed my contract...except yours looks so much nicer! Fresh flowers, hair and makeup done. In mine, I think there are dirty dishes on the table and you can see my cluttered pantry in the background. *sigh*

    Great news!! Dancing with you!

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  9. Congrats! I'm so happy for you. It is so inspiring to those of us who are just starting out -- and gives me motivation to keep at it. :)

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  10. Wow - so exciting Shannon!! I'm so proud of you! You must be floating right now. Congratulations!! Enjoy :)

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  11. Woohooo! Finally we can celebrate out loud! YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  12. Yay!

    Congrats! It's a great feeling, isn't it? Enjoy the rush!!

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  13. Just popped over from Frankie's blog to say a huge congrats! :)

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  14. Wow! That's awesome!!! Congratulations!!!
    And I love your kitchen, btw.

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  15. Congratulations!!!
    I can't wait to hear more about how it happened :)

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  16. Pfft. Totally unsurprised. That's all.

    Oh, okay, it's not all. I'll add my CONGRATULATIONS!!!! to the list.

    See what you made me do? You made me add three extraneous exclamation points! Meh. I'll cut them in the revision process. :)

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  17. Congrats!!

    I like the happy endings.

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  18. This is WONDERFUL! Enjoy this moment and all the rest soon to come.

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  19. I'm so happy for you -- congrats on your wonderful news!

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  20. Congratulations! I knew you had something up your sleeve!

    Shelley

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  21. SQUUUUEEEEE!!!! *happy dances all around for the newly signed author!!!*

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  22. Woo hoo! *throws confetti and blows noisemaker obnoxiously loud* CONGRATS! Can't wait to read your announcement about your book being battled over at auction. Yay!!! :)

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  23. Awesome news!!!!!!!!!!!!! Congrats!

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  24. Yay!! Awesome news! I've been hoping that's what all the secrecy was about!!

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  25. Yay! I'm so happy we're agent sisters!

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  26. SO excited for you! That is one small (ha) step for Shannon, one giant leap for book-kind. You're going to do AWESOME out there. Keep it up!

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  27. Woo-hoo! Shannon, you so deserve this. Can't wait to hear what happens next. :D

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  28. Woo hoo! Congrats!
    Also i'm relaly jealous of your signature - it's so pretty!

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  29. That's amazing news! Laura Rennert? You sly little minx, you!

    Congrats, Shannon!

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  30. Woot! So excited for you!!! Can't wait to read your book!! And I'm so glad you finally got to share this news with everyone :)

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  31. Congrats, Shannon! Happy celebrating! Wishing you all the best as you enter the submissions process! We'll be eagerly watching for more great news. :-)

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  32. You know how happy I am for you!!! This is another reason why you are #1 and I'm #2! Ha ha ha. :-)

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  33. Congrats! That's so great!!!

    Lynnette Labelle
    http://lynnettelabelle.blogspot.com

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  34. Congratulations, I've heard she's an awesome agent.

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  35. Congrats Shannon! That's awesome news!

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  36. Congrats! Very very excited for you!

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  37. this was such a fun post to read!! I'm so thrilled for you! Way to go for all your hard work and training of you hubby!

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  38. SQUEEEEEEEE!!!!!! I have to come back and read it properly, but as you know, I am SO SO SO excited for you! YAY!! *throws confetti*

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  39. That's so exciting! Congratulations. Hopefully, the rest of it comes very soon and you have a shining book deal with a dream publisher.

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  40. So, you don't just go and get yourself an agent, you go and get yourself an AMAZING agent! Way to overachieve! ;-)

    Congratulations!! This is great news!

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  41. Wow, I've been sick all weekend, what great news to wake up to this morning! Congratulations! This is so exciting!!

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  42. AAAGGHHH!!!!!!! SQEEEE~!!!!!!!!! *Jumps up and down*!!! I'm very happy for you. Send some agent dust my way, will you?

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  43. LOL - Major congratulations, Shannon. And a long, prolific and prosperous relationship to you both. ;-)

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  44. Congratulations! I know it's been said 53 times, but still! Here's a 54th!

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  45. Congratulations! Such exciting news. :)

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  46. Congratulations! I'm so happy you finally get to announce your news. I am happy dancing for you!!!

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  47. That's amazing! Congrats, girl! I think I would have died if I had to hold onto such big news for that long. :)

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  48. Oh you know how hard it has been to contain my excitement! So happy for YOU!!! ;o)

    Visit My Kingdom Anytime

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  49. YAYAYYAYAYAYAYAYAY!!!!!
    Such exciting news!!!!! :)
    I am so happy for you!

    And I've totally abused this commment with WAY too many exclamation points!

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  50. Congratulations! I'm dancing inside for you as well. I think I would be a smiling wet mess too.

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  51. Wahoo!!!! Congratulations and many happy wishes to you!!!

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  52. It took me forever to actually read this because blogger was being a real butthead but omg SO WORTH IT.

    MAJOR EPIC CONGRATULATIONS, SHANNON!!!!!! *squeeing-happy-monkey-dance*

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  53. AAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!

    What amazing news! Can't wait to read about your book deal. Good luck with revisions -- you are the queen!

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  54. Congratulations! Best of luck for huge sales!

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  55. Yeah buddy!!! I had a feeling from one of your posts a few week ago!! Congrats! We are all doing the happy dance with you!!!

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  56. *jumps up and down throwing confetti* SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!
    That is sooo cool! Major congratulations!

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  57. WOW! CONGRATS! Good luck with your revisions!

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  58. SQUUUUUUUUUUUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!

    Also, you are going to ROCK those revisions ;-)

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  59. Super amazing awesome sweet
    CONGRATULATIONS!

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  60. FANTASTIC news, Shannon!! My most sincere, excited congratulations!!!

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  61. Congratulations!!!! I couldn't stop smiling through your whole post! Huge hugs :) :) I love finding out about newly agented authors, but ESPECIALLY when it's someone like you, who I know for a fact is awesome!!

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  62. Wha-hoo! Awesome! Fantastic! Congratulations!

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  63. I literally have tears in my eyes from reading this! I am so happy for you, congratulations!

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  64. That is fabulous news!!! Many congratulations!! You totally deserve it :)

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  65. Congratulations! **throws confetti** Love the excitement in your post..and can't wait to see your work on the bookstore shelves one day soon. =0)

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  66. YAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!
    I'm so happy for you!!!
    That's SO exciting!!!

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  67. Fantastic News! Simply fantastic!

    You should be so proud of yourself :)

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  68. CONGRATS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  69. I'm gonna go ahead and add my own, big CONGRATS into this long pile of well wishers. :D Yeah!!!

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  70. Shannon! That is absolutely wonderful news! I am so happy for you. You are so deserving!

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  71. Congratulations. I'm so excited and happy for you. :)

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  72. Congratulations - very awesome!!!!

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  73. Found you over at Babling Flow and just wanted to say congrats. I like the blog too! Off to stardom you go!!!

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  74. The first of many wonderful things to come, Shannon, I am positive about that. I can't wait to read your book and only hope I can be as supportive for you as you have been for me!!

    Congratulations!! And your house is beautiful. Can I come live there? :)

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  75. THE Laura Rennert? How did you do it?? -Bows down to you-

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!

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  76. Awesome, awesome news!!! Congratulations!!

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  77. Oh hooray! And Laura Rennert? WOWZERS! That must be some manuscript. Best of luck finding it a home!

    Love that your husband bought you flowers and the charm.

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  78. Congrats on your great news. I heard about it on P.J. Hoover's blog.

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  79. WOOT!!! May the bidding wars begin! Huzzah!

    I'm with Falen...cute signature.

    ~Lola

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  80. It can't be said too many times:

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!!

    I, too, bow to your greatness! I am so happy, thrilled and excited for you, Shannon!

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  81. SO SO SO SO HAPPY FOR YOU!! Hoorah! Happy revising and congratulations AGAIN!

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  82. Absolutely, positively wonderful news!!!

    P.S. I'm totally jealous of your charm! (Very cool husband! I think he just earned some points.)

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  83. YAY!!! OMG I'm so happy for you!! I thought something was brewing out your way. This is wonderful news ;o) And I don't do it often, so *SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE* It couldn't have happened to a nicer person! Congrats ;o)

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  84. Wow-I am OVERWHELMED, you guys. Thank you so much for all the comments and support!!!!!!!!!! Sorry I couldn't reply individually, but I did read each and every one. You guys have definitely made this the best. day. ever. *Tear* :)

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  85. *Tosses confetti* Sorry I missed this. I have been unplugged, readying my plan for awesome, super agent hunt. =)

    Shannon--so glad you found yours. Congrads and know I am jumping up and down for you. Or I would be if one of my horses hadn't kicked me in my leg. Anyway, I will be looking forward to joining you SOON! SQUEEEEE

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  86. I am doing a happy dance for you. :) Congratulations! I'm so happy for you!

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  87. Congratulations!! That is awesome news. Super exciting!

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  88. WOW! Congratulations!!!!!!!!!! Definitely looking out for your book in the future. I'm glad I've discovered you as an author :)

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  89. Yay! Congratulations! That's really wonderful. :D

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  90. SWEEEEEEET!!!!! That is so awesome!!! Oh my goodness ... I am thrilled for you ... you must be ECSTATIC!!!! Love the signing picture! I hope to take one of those soon! :-)

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  91. How insanely exciting. See what I miss when I take a break?!?!?! Well congrats!!! I hope it is going well.

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  92. First, I'd like you to know that I LOVE your house!!!! Esp. the green walls. Gorgeous!

    I popped by from Karen Amanda's blog. Congratulations!!!!!

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  93. That is so fabulous. Laura is at the top of my wish list also. Congratulations on your career. Happy writing.

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