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Although I posted in the Trench thread, I completely forgot to post this here last month.

After 109 rejections over the past nine months and many, many, many "I should just give up" moments: I HAVE A NEW AGENT!

:running

I took a week to agonize over offers and do all the necessary research -- including seeking help from the Blueboards --  and it was a very very difficult decision, but I am completely thrilled to be represented by Joanna Volpe of New Leaf. Not only did she love the PB I queried her with, but she also is excited about all the WIPs I sent her.

I also want to note that literally the day I wrote in the trench threads that I felt I should give up and that I didn't know what I was doing any more is the exact same day I queried Jo with the PB that had her emailing me on a Sunday morning (!!!!) to set up a phone call.

Moral: it's hard as heck sometimes but DON'T GIVE UP.

Now I'm out on submission and biting my nails as I write all the things to distract myself.
#1 - December 09, 2016, 04:32 PM
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Woo-hoo! Your perseverance paid off! Congratulations and best wishes for going out on submission with your shiny new agent. 
#2 - December 09, 2016, 04:38 PM
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So very very happy for you. Congratulations! Here's hoping you can keep that positive spirit going through this next round of submissions.
#3 - December 09, 2016, 04:54 PM
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Congratulations, Stephanie! Love the encouraging story. :stars3
#4 - December 09, 2016, 05:24 PM

That's so exciting!  Congratulations Stephanie!     :yay
#5 - December 09, 2016, 06:17 PM

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Great news! Congratulations!  :stars3
#6 - December 09, 2016, 06:20 PM
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I came to the boards to post how I may not be able to do this, after double digit years at it, deflated, low scraping my belly on the road of rejection.
I needed to hear this today. Thank you so much for making it after so many submissions and rejections. You are my inspiration!!!      :yay

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Go Stephanie!
#8 - December 09, 2016, 06:53 PM
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YAY! Congrats Stephanie!! Way to persevere!!! :love5 :love5 :love5
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So glad your perseverance paid off! Here's to a long and successful relationship with your new agent!
#10 - December 09, 2016, 07:29 PM

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Timely post! Congratulations Stephanie!!  :yippee
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Good for you, Steph. I really admire people who persist at this (sometimes VERY) discouraging profession.
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Yeah, you!!! So happy for you.
#13 - December 09, 2016, 08:44 PM

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What a wonderful keeping-at-it story! :drumroll Congrats, Stephanie, on the new agent, and best wishes to you on being out on submission.
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Congratulations, Stephanie! :yay
#15 - December 09, 2016, 09:27 PM
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 :yay :yay :yay  Congratulations, Stephanie!!!  :yay :yay :yay
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:yay Your persistence paid off! Thanks for sharing your inspiring story.
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#20 - December 10, 2016, 08:16 AM
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Way to go, Stephanie!  :stars3   :yay
#21 - December 10, 2016, 08:46 AM
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 :wow, what a great story. And what perseverance! Good for you for sticking with. Sounds like it was well worth it!

Good luck on your sub!

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#22 - December 10, 2016, 08:57 AM
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Congratulations!!!!! Here's to a long and fruitful relationship with lots of book babies!!!!
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Thanks for sharing your story, which goes to show you never know what your lucky number will be! I've heard so many great things about Joanna Volpe, and there's nothing better than an enthusiastic agent in your corner. Good luck, and hope you'll have some more good news to share soon!
#24 - December 10, 2016, 10:22 AM
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That is inspiring. Makes me want to get out there and submit! Congratulations!
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#25 - December 10, 2016, 10:49 AM

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Congratulations! And thanks for sharing your success story! I know I'm encouraged to hear it.  :xmascheer
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Here's to perseverance. When coupled with talent, everything is possible.  :crossedfingers and  :goodluck as your wonderful agent helps you usher your work into the world!
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 :yay What wonderful news!! :running Huge congrats, Stephanie! :stars3

Here's wishing you happily ever after with your new agent!!  :fairywand  :star2
 
#28 - December 11, 2016, 06:52 AM
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Woo hoo, Stephanie! :yourock
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What a wonderful story! Very happy for you!  :yay
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