Friday, April 25, 2008

What It Looks Like When A Dream Comes True


Wow, I have an agent. After seven years of hard work on my novel I finally got the call or rather a four o’clock in the morning email from Anita Diggs that said “ I just finished your novel and I would like to offer you a contract.” I almost fell out my chair and had to read it again to make sure I wasn’t dreaming. I danced around the living room with my little dog Nyla who, like all little dogs, thought the celebration was all about her. I waited until a decent hour to call my sister and we sat on the phone all breathless and squealing like kids. I still went to work, but later during lunch, I cried because I wanted my parents to be here . This is the hard part of celebrating this milestone in my life, the people who made it possible aren't alive to see it.


Here’s a little bit about my agent ( My agent- I still can’t believe it.)

Anita Diggs has worked as a Senior Editor at Random House, Editor at Time Warner Trade Publishing and Senior Editor at Thunder's Mouth Press. She has lectured across the country on the topics of developmental editing, fiction writing and how to get a literary agent. The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, C-Span and The New York Daily News have all interviewed her over the past eight years. Columbia Journalism Review placed Ms. Diggs on their “The Shapers” list for the year 2000. The Shapers is a list of prominent New Yorkers who shape the national media.

23 comments:

Josephine Damian said...

It is an honor to be the first to congratulate you!

I'm spreading the word!
http://josephinedamian.blogspot.com/2008/04/lafreya-gets-agent.html

Somewhere in heaven, your loved ones are smiling down on you.

jjdebenedictis said...

Congratulations! Here's hoping a publishing contract comes galloping at the heels of this good news!

(*waves* Hi. I'm here via Josephine's blog. :-) )

Bernita said...

Congratulations!
And what they said.

Julie Weathers said...

Ah, congratulations. That is, indeed, a thrill.

December/Stacia said...

Just popping over from various places to say congratulations!

sylvia said...

Hurray! Congratulations!

Merry Monteleone said...

Yay, you!!! Congratulations!!!!

R.J. Keller said...

Awesome news! Congratulations!

Adaora A. said...

Congrats sweetheart!

I hope to be in the happy position that you are in someday soon.
Break out the margaritas!

Cheers!

McKoala said...

Josephine pointed me over here - many congratulations on your success!

ChrisEldin said...

JD sent me. Many congratulations!!!
But you know, even though seven years is a very long time, ten years is the average. So you're faster than the average!!! ;-)

Conduit said...

Likewise, I came over here from JD's blog. Congratulations!

mlh said...

Like a lot of people here, Josephine Damian sent me over here.

Congratulations! I realize you don't know me from spit. But whenever I here of a writer who has made it to the next level of seeing their book in print, I have to give heartfelt props for a job well done.

Carleen Brice said...

Lafreya!!!!! Congratulations! I saw Josephine Damian's comment on Demon Hunter's blog. That is fantastic news!!! I can't wait to read your novel. I can't wait to feature you on my blog! Whoo hoo!!!

Gina Black said...

Congrats! Congrats! Congrats!

(I was sent by Carleen.)

Sustenance Scout said...

I'm visiting via Carleen's blog too!! Congratulations from Denver!! Karen

Lisa said...

And more good wishes from Denver. Congratulations!!!

Shelli said...

I JUST found your blog because I noticed someone else said you just got an agent. Congratulations! That is so exciting.....7 years - gives me hope!

Usman said...

Heard you got an Agent. Congratulations. btw, Anita's blog seems to have disappeared. any idea why?

Judy Merrill Larsen said...

Fabulous news!! I popped over from Carleen's blog.

Congrats and enjoy the ride!

Lafreya said...

Thank you everyone. I truely appreciate your kindness and congradualations.
Usman- Anita Diggs Blog is now
http://themanuscripteditor.blogspot.com/

Carleen Brice said...

If you feel like playing, I'm tagging you for a meme.

Shauna Roberts said...

What wonderful news! I hope your book sells quickly in an auction of hungry publishers! ;-)