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Title: Got an agent!
Post by: Melissa K on August 07, 2018, 08:44 AM
I signed with Sara Crowe at Pippin Properties!
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Post by: dkshumaker on August 07, 2018, 09:01 AM
 :congratulations!!!!! Woo hoo!!!!!
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Post by: carrots on August 07, 2018, 09:02 AM
Melissa!!!! That's wonderful!!!!

Congratulations to you and Sara!!!

 :stars3 :stars3 :stars3 :stars3 :stars3
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Post by: StephCampisi on August 07, 2018, 09:19 AM
Congrats, Melissa!
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Post by: Teresa Writes! on August 07, 2018, 09:22 AM
Congratulations! :stars3 :star2
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Post by: Hopeful on August 07, 2018, 09:40 AM
Sounds like you're having a fabulous summer.  Congratulations!
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Post by: crystal205 on August 07, 2018, 09:56 AM
Congratulations!!!
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Post by: dewsanddamps on August 07, 2018, 10:36 AM
 :cheerleader :cheerleader :cheerleader That's fantastic news, Melissa! I used to be at Pippin--it's a terrific agency, and has the best letterhead in the business.
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Post by: olmue on August 07, 2018, 11:10 AM
Congratulations, Melissa! :running
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Post by: Tracy Abell / Vinca on August 07, 2018, 11:24 AM
Excellent news! Congratulations to you both!
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Post by: JFriday on August 07, 2018, 11:26 AM
 :yay Melissa!  :stars3 :stars3 :stars3
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Post by: Vijaya on August 07, 2018, 11:49 AM
:congratulations  Here's to a long and fruitful relationship!!!
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Post by: Anne Marie on August 07, 2018, 11:56 AM
HOoray!! 
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Post by: June Smalls on August 07, 2018, 12:18 PM
Congrats!! May you sell a bajillion books and make readers happy!
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Post by: Ev on August 07, 2018, 12:20 PM
Congratulations, Melissa!!  :drumroll What exciting news!  Here's wishing you prompt and many sales.  :crossedfingers
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Post by: dinalapomy101 on August 07, 2018, 12:37 PM
WOO HOOO!!!!!
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Post by: andracill on August 07, 2018, 12:44 PM
Very exciting!!
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Post by: BrandyB on August 07, 2018, 12:44 PM
Congratulations!!
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Post by: Limama on August 07, 2018, 04:24 PM
Good luck and best wishes!
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Post by: Sheri D. on August 08, 2018, 03:55 AM
Very exciting! Good luck!!!   :clover :clover :clover
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Post by: nell-campbell on August 08, 2018, 06:56 AM
How exciting for you! Best wishes for your new relationship!  :yay
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Post by: Kell on August 08, 2018, 07:36 AM
Melissa, that is so fantastic! So happy for you and all your future projects!
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Post by: mghiggins on August 08, 2018, 08:09 AM
Yahoo!!! That is awesome!
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Post by: AnnH on August 08, 2018, 08:26 AM
 :wow :yay :yay Congratulations!  :love5 :stars3 :dancer :yippee :running
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Post by: HDWestlund on August 08, 2018, 08:33 AM
Congratulations, Melissa!! I’m so happy for you.
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Post by: stephanie-lucianovic on August 08, 2018, 09:41 AM
OMG Melissa, that's amazing! YAAAAAY!
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Post by: Shauna LaVoy Reynolds on August 08, 2018, 10:48 AM
Yay and hooray! Best wishes for a fruitful relationship that puts many, many books on people's shelves.
 :stars3 :stars3 :stars3
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Post by: ButterflyGirl on August 08, 2018, 01:37 PM
YAY!! Such wonderful news, Melissa, and so well deserved!!  :stars3
I'm already a huge fan, can hardly wait to see what comes next . . . 
Huge congrats, and best wishes on submission!!  :books3 :star2
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Post by: 217mom on August 08, 2018, 02:48 PM
Fabulous! best of  :clover   to you on this journey going forward  :yippee
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Post by: lab on August 08, 2018, 03:43 PM
Major Congrats!   :yay
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Post by: jodyjl on August 08, 2018, 04:39 PM
  :stars3

I'm so excited for you, Melissa! Congratulations!

I've heard great things about Sara Crowe.

Can't wait to hear your submission news.

Jody
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Post by: Claudine Gueh on August 08, 2018, 10:04 PM
Congratulations, Melissa! Wishing you lots of books sold and flourishing opportunities ahead.
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Post by: jancoates on August 09, 2018, 04:29 PM
 Wowzers - dream agent and agency! Congrats!
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Post by: BonnieJoy on August 09, 2018, 05:13 PM
Wonderful news! Congrats!!
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Post by: David Wright on August 09, 2018, 06:21 PM
:congrats
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Post by: rab on August 09, 2018, 06:39 PM
I am thrilled for you, Melissa! I hope you and Sara develop a wonderful relationship that lasts for many, many years and many, many books.
Title: Re: Got an agent!
Post by: Melissa K on August 09, 2018, 08:39 PM
Thank you so much, everybody. I was so tired when I posted this that I didn't include the backstory at all.

I've been writing for kids for ten or twelve years, and mostly I've had form rejections all that time. I had some nibbles on a MG novel a few years back and felt like I'd probably get there with my next manuscript--but then I started having kids and ended up switching gears to PBs, which meant I had to start my whole learning curve over. I just restarted querying at the beginning of this year, and at first it was the same as ever--a lot of form rejections. But this summer I've been sending a new piece around, and it got quite a bit of interest. I had a couple of requests and a couple of very nice rejections.

I queried Sara in the middle of all this. It was just a typical slush pile query, and I wasn't expecting anything to come of it. I was more focused on some newer agents who seemed more likely to take a chance on a non-illustrating PB author, and on some mid-career agents I'd met at conferences. When Sara emailed asking for a call, it caught me completely by surprise. The next day, we talked, and she offered rep.

It's such a weird feeling. A decade of nothing, then an offer of rep from an awesome agent overnight.

If you're in those long years of rejections, I know how hard it is. Even hearing other people's encouraging stories starts to feel discouraging. You start to think you should dream smaller, but you can't. So the story you tell yourself about you is stuck in this disappointing place you feel like you'll never escape. If that's where you are right now, just know that in no time at all you could have a much happier, much more hopeful story to tell.
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Post by: Abi on August 09, 2018, 10:03 PM
Congratulations, Melissa! What an awesome backstory.  I agree that if you just keep writing and keep working on your craft, eventually something sticks. Even if it takes a long time. :)
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Post by: liisa-ioannidou on August 10, 2018, 07:02 AM

Congratulations, Melissa! I hope this is just the start of a whole new world for your writing! Patience and hard work has paid off for you.
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Post by: Jayca on August 10, 2018, 07:29 AM
Congratulations, Melissa, that's fantastic news! Best wishes for a speedy sale!
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Post by: writg tchr on August 12, 2018, 10:38 AM
Congratulations, Melissa! From what I've heard, Sara Crowe is an amazing  agent. Stories of perseverance are my favorite!
 :yay :yay :yay
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Post by: Michael Sussman on August 13, 2018, 01:59 PM
Hooray! Congrats, Melissa, for hanging in there!
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Post by: MBH on August 13, 2018, 02:36 PM
Congratulations!
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Post by: Stephanie Ruble on August 15, 2018, 04:56 PM
Congratulations, Melissa! :yay
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Post by: eleanor-peterson1 on September 16, 2018, 01:20 AM
Lucky you, congrats. :goodluck :star2