Mary Keeley of Books & Such Literary Agency!
I'd like to thank Rachelle Gardner, Literary Agent, for her blopost entitled, What to Ask an Agent. I've had that shortcut on my desktop since Rachelle posted the list back on Aug 9th, 2010 and I've seen that icon every time I started my laptop. No matter when I got the call, I was
going to be ready.
Mary's call came at the pre-arranged time of 2pm on Thurs, February 16th. That date was special to me already because it's my Finnish grandmother's birthday. She was never referred to as a writer, but before she went to heaven, she wrote her memoirs which I'm posting as a series on my Author Memories blog.
Between Mary's information and my questions from Rachelle's list, we managed to get a fair bit of business cleared. By the end of the phone call, Mary offered representation.
Rachelle's list encourages writers to wait a few days and think about it before giving their final decision. But, I'd begun praying - and my church had been praying - for discernment in making the right decision since I received the email that made the appointment. Unless I felt misgivings during our conversation, I was fairly sure I'd accept.
And I did. I couldn't not accept because Mary was what I'd been waiting for - an agent who was 'fired up' about my writing. What a blessing!
Mary said the paperwork is on the way. And while I'm very good at keeping secrets and was going to hold onto this news until I'd signed the actual papers, I've been welcomed to the agency by email and have received agency news and invites. It seems like it's a go. :)
I waited patiently for the LORD;
he turned to me and heard my cry.
Psalm 40:1 NIV