Let me introduce you to my new agent.

Jennifer Jackson of Donald Maass Literary Agency has just offered me representation. Naturally, I said, “yes.”

And then I ran around in circles, weeping and giggling.

See, I don’t blog about everything but back in January, I made the very hard decision to leave to leave my agent. The details aren’t important, but it wasn’t easy to decide to jump back into the dating pool. It really did feel like I was breaking up with a boyfriend to be single again.

While I was moping, Ken Scholes told me that I should send my manuscript to his agent, which I had already wanted to do. She’s done wonderful things for him and I liked everything I heard about her. It was nice, though, to get Ken’s blessing before sending in that manuscript.

And today, oh man, today the acceptance email came in. I have to tell you that I looked at the subject line and thought, “this is going to be a rejection.” And then it wasn’t and I burst into tears. Yes, I can be very girly.

Really, when people tell you that an agent/author relationship is closer to a marriage than anything else, I think they know what they are talking about. After courting Jennifer Jackson, I do feel like I’ve just been proposed to.

I’m looking forward to what the future holds. It feels very, very bright right now.

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72 thoughts on “Let me introduce you to my new agent.”

  1. I cringe when I see writing related emails where I’m waiting for a response back from someone. It’s tough to break that habit. Congrats. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. That’s exactly what I’m talking about! Even though I knew she’d liked the partial enough to request the full, I couldn’t quite shake the feeling that she’d reject it.

  2. Excellent news, and a smart move on both parts. It’s a great combination!

    (And since I’m thinking about you, email me – have a surprise for some of your posse…)

    1. hey, home come Jeanette gets to use her lj icon and I have to use this weird clam crossed with a fish? not that I’m complaining, I think it brings out my eyes well, but still – why’s she speshuller than me!?!?

  3. Damn! I’m jealous.

    Err… Did I say that out loud?

    Oops. Um, I mean, um Congratulations ? ๐Ÿ˜€

    Seriously though. Major congrats. You deserve it.

    R

  4. Geez, everything’s coming up Mary Robinette Kowal! Award noms, Campbell noms, Boing-Boing mentions, a new agent and … maybe even the secretaryship of SFWA!

    I’m so excited and proud for you. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    M

    1. What she said exactly. I don’t wanna jinx it or anything, but this is shaping up to be an awesome year for you. Congrats!

  5. Oh, congratulations! It’s like reading a wonderful story, to read your blog entries, lately *g* I hope the marriage will be long and happy, and produce loads of sales!

  6. Oh, my! “Gotta wear shades” indeed.

    Bully for you, Mary! Could not happen to a nicer person, and I just know amazing results will be soon forthcoming from the professional union of you two.

    1. Considering that she’s got a client list which includes people who not only write fiction that I love but are also some of my favorite people… courting her seemed like the sensible thing.

  7. [We’ll see if this makes it past the spam filter this time.]

    Congratulations! Hearing Jenn talk about the novel definitely made me think she’d be making the offer, but I’m glad to hear that it’s official.

  8. Congratulations! Seriously though, can you send some giddy and successful vibes my way? This has been an absolutely fabulous stretch of three weeks for you! I’m sure you have plenty of good karma to spare! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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