As of yesterday, I am officially the client of Michael Bourret of Dystel & Goderich Literary Management.
He represents peeps like Sara Zarr, Heather Brewer, Lisa McMann, Nova Ren Suma, and James Dashner (all of which have amazing books out on the YA shelves.) I queried him on 9/30 and received a request for a full on my manuscript about 30 minutes later. At first, honestly, I didn't know much about him. A fellow writer friend suggested that I query him, because she said his list included similar writers (and she had never heard anything negative about him...a rarity, I guess.) After he requested, I did some research. Very quickly he became my top choice - just based on what I've read online.
Fast-forward two weeks. I get an offer from an agent, which I keep to myself - really, NOBODY knew. I did this for a couple of reasons. 1.) There was no connection during our phone conversation. 2.) This particular agent wanted to ruin my book. And, of course, by ruin my book I actually mean, ruin my book. Basically, I completely disagreed with that particular agent's vision of my book.
So, I declined.
Then came the Rejections. Like five of them all, bam. bam bam. I had four agents still reading my book, all of which were alerted to my offer of representation.
Suddenly that seemed like a really bad idea. I had agents dropping me like I was leg warmers and this was 2009. Seriously.
I wake up, October 14th, convinced that no agent is going to rep my book. I do the worst thing possible and print out another copy of the ms and read it...with my red pen.
The good thing: I really enjoy the book.
The bad thing: I realize it isn't really ready.
October 15th: Wake up with two rejections in my inbox. I'm actually cool with it, because I know that I've got some work to do on the book, etc. And even though I've got two other agents reading, I still get started on preparations for a grand re-write (while looking up a new host of agents.)
Then...and E-mail from Michael.
Long story short, the next day he offers to represent me. I contact the final agent and schedule a phone call.
Yesterday, I officially sign the contract with Dystel & Goderich.
I'm a part of the same literary agency as Obama, suckas!
Ultimately, what led me to pick Michael? His revision ideas were spot-on. And now, after I've read the book again with the various cuts he suggested....I see how better it's going to be when we get finished with it. Also, he just gets what I'm trying to do with the premise - and that's amazing, awesome, and inspiring (all at the same time.)
So, yeah - I've got an agent. And it all took 16 days....