Thursday, November 09, 2006

Sign here…and here…and here—Robin

Thursdays are now my lucky day. This afternoon I signed with an agent! What a wild experience this has been.

You may have read in my previous post that I had FOUR agents interested in my manuscript. Basically, they were all willing to work with me, just to varying degrees. I had to go with the one with the most enthusiasm, the best ideas and the biggest love for chocolate.

And I found her! Woohoo! The wonderful (and at times horrifying) part of working with this agent was what I went through before I signed on the line. She read my middle grade book. And liked it! But she wanted more. So I sent her my chapter book. And the YA I’m currently working on. And the other middle grade book I just started. I almost sent her my grade school report card, but then I remembered that ‘C’ I got in my sixth grade grammar class. Mrs. Bullock was a very tough teacher. (But looks at me now, Mrs. Bullock!)

The best part was when she picked up the phone and called me after reading my chapter book. “I just finished reading it and it’s adorable!” my agent said. “I just had to call you!” my agent said. (I’m still shocked that I’m putting the words ‘my’ and ‘agent’ in a sentence… right next to each other! Woohoo!)

By the way, I think people who slip the phrase “my agent” into conversation are snobs. And the flipping of the hair thing doesn’t help either.

But that’s what I USED to think! Now I know they’re saying it because they’re proud of themselves for getting off the couch and writing something they’ve always wanted to write and had the guts to send it out into the world knowing people would use it for a bird cage liner or fuel for their small campfire, and yet they didn’t care because it’s their passion in life!

(And maybe these people flip their hair because it’s getting in their eyes. That’s all.)

Anyways, I could not have made this decision without the help of my adorable friends, Jay and Eve. While I pondered and grappled and contemplated, they kept refilling my glass. Thanks guys!

And so, just for today, I’m going to flip my hair and stick my nose in the air and tell everyone about MY AGENT!

Because tomorrow it’s back to story plotting, laundry, revising, cleaning up cat puke, and getting rid of the hangover that Jay and Eve forced upon me. But I’ll still have my nose in the air. (Have you ever smelled cat puke?)



Greg Pincus said...

Wooooo hooooo! Disco Mermaids totally rock!

And seriously... congrats, Robin. I'm thrilled for you. (For all three of you, frankly. )

Lisa Yee said...

So happy that YOUR AGENT loves your book. And it is so cool that you are thrilled with YOUR AGENT. You and YOUR AGENT sound like a great match. Congrats to both you and YOUR AGENT!!!

Chris Barton said...

You picked a great one, Robin (and she did, too)! Congratulations, and welcome aboard!

alvinaling said...

Congratulations, Robin!! I was going to ask which agent was your agent, but from Chris's comment, I can guess. He's right, you picked a great one!

Kim / POWER OF RUN said...

Congratulations! Wishing you many more happy Thursdays (and Fridays, and Saturdays...) You deserve it!

Anonymous said...

Enjoy your hair flipping and nose in the air days!! We are so very proud of you.
carolyn and fred

Anonymous said...

YAY!!!!!!!!!!YOU have an agent!!!
YOUR agent is so lucky. I am so glad I didn't miss this post about YOUR agent.

CONGRATULATIONS to you and to your lucky agent!!!


Anonymous said...

That's awesome! Go ahead and flip that hair. You deserve it.

If I were a disco mermaid right now, I'd buy lottery tickets on the way to Vegas, then stop at the horse races on the way home.

Not that it's pure luck you guys have been doing so well, but Geez.

Disco Mermaids said...

What Robin didn't mention is that there were actually five agents vying for her attention. The fifth one was me. Her books are honestly the funniest things I've ever read (EVER!!!) and I knew that if I could get my hands on 15%, I'd be set for life.

You truly are rockin', Robin!

- Jay

Robin L said...

Congratulations, Robin!

You Disco Mermaids are having one heck of a month! It's so cool that your time came all together like that! Whoever said great things come in threes was right!

Here's wishing lots of offers in your near future...

Anonymous said...

Robin, I'm the lucky one! I couldn't be happier. We're going to do great things!

--YOUR agent

Anonymous said...

Woohoo! Keep that nose in the air and flip back your hair! (Umm...this sounded like some 80s rap...) Congrats!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations, Robin!

Don Tate II said...

Congrats, and use the word "agent" proudly.

Anonymous said...

How sweet and wonderful that YOUR agent commented on YOUR blog about YOUR agent's happiness over you?!

Disco Mermaids said...

I know! Isn't MY agent the cutest thing ever!? And thanks for all the fun comments everyone! Now Fridays aren't bad days either...
:-) Robin

Anonymous said...

Wahooooo, Robin!

This is fantastic news!
(SHTT, I am typing too loudly for my napping girl...)

quietly typing congrats!

Anonymous said...

Way to Go Robin, Eve and Jay!!

There must be something in the air for Mermaid luck.


And thanks again for the book plug on Nov 2.

Melanie Hope Greenberg

Anonymous said...

Holy Cow, Robin! Boy, I miss two days of talking to Eve and I'm sooooo out of the loop. Congratulations, of course, goes without saying. The part about your wonderful news/post that is still getting me choked up, though, is the "looks at me now" - choked up with laughter, that is!!!! You is so funny. Lamy