Wednesday, April 3, 2013

I Have an Agent

I'm posting off schedule this week because I have a big, BIG announcement and I can't wait to share!

 
I have a Literary Agent! And not just any agent, I'm honored to be represented by Mary Keeley of the Books & Such Literary Agency, one of the finest agencies in the industry.

For those of you who have been following this writing journey with me, you know I've dreamed of being an author for as long as I can remember. God called me to lay down my pen for a season (called parenting infant twins), but last January He told me to pick it up again. Since then, it's been a whirlwind experience and I've seen His hand at work in my life in mighty, everlasting ways.

I started this blog last February and since then I've met hundreds of authors, agents and editors, online and in person, creating lifelong friendships with many of them. I attended my first writer's conference, I went to two major writing retreats and I've spent countless hours learning about the craft of writing through blogs, craft books and fellow authors.

While at the ACFW Conference in Dallas, Texas I had a conversation with a writer friend of mine. She offered to read my manuscript and, if she thought it had potential, she would be happy to recommend me to her agent, Mary Keeley.

I was so excited with her offer because I've been a huge fan of the Books & Such Agency and I had heard many wonderful things about Mary.

I sent my manuscript to my friend and three days later she replied with an encouraging email, telling me she couldn't put my story down. She offered to recommend me to Mary.

I sent a query letter to Mary, my friend emailed her recommendation, and the next day Mary asked for my full manuscript.

And then the waiting began! For those of you who have experience "The Waiting," you know what it's like.

But two weeks ago The Waiting came to an end and I received a lovely email from Mary. She asked for a phone conversation to talk about my book and possible representation. To say I was excited is an understatement. But I had three days to pull myself together.

Mary called on Thursday, March 21st and we talked for over an hour. It was a wonderful conversation and I knew instantly that I had found my dream agent. We talked about writing, about my book, about my future story ideas and so much more. When Mary offered representation, I accepted. I had already prayed about it, and talked it over with my hubby, so I knew if the phone call went well, it was the right move to make.

The author-agent agreement arrived in my mailbox on Friday, March 29th, on my twin boys' third birthday. The significance of this date is not lost on me. A couple of week after I found out we were expecting our twins, I had a long conversation with God about my writing. With tears in my eyes, I accepted His choice to lay down my pen for a season. He whispered in my heart a promise, one I've clung to for the past three years. He promised to fulfill my dream to be an author--in His timing.

To receive the agreement on the boys' birthday was a confirmation that all of this is in God's hands. He's weaving an intricate tapestry right before my eyes. One I haven't had to fight for, or struggle to achieve. He's been placing each beautiful strand in place, creating a pattern so exquisite I want to weep as I watch it unfold. It's Him. All Him.

I'm honored, humbled and awed by this writing journey. My prayer remains the same. Lord, use my writing for your glory.

 
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For my non-writing friends, I will be sharing a post on Monday to explain what a literary agent does for an author. It's an exciting step on my journey and I'd love to answer your questions!

68 comments:

  1. Congratulations, Gabrielle, my newest Bookie buddy!!! I'm thrilled for you. Did you hear me shouting out here in California? :-)

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  2. Thank you, Keli! You're shouting in California, Donna Pyle is shouting in Texas (and scaring her cats!) and I'm shouting in Minnesota. We just need someone shouting on the east coast and I'll have all the borders covered! :)

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  3. Love this, Bookie Buddy!! Welcome to the wonderful Books & Such Agency Family!!!

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  4. Yay, Beth! I'm so happy to be a Bookie Buddy! Thank you for the warm welcome and all the encouragement over this past year.

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  5. SO excited for you!! God's timing is perfect, isn't it? Congratulations!

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  6. Congrats! I love the picture of the kids on the roll-top with you signing the contract -- what a great visual of what God has worked in your life.

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  7. So exciting!!! Congratulations, Gabrielle! So glad this wait is over for you!! YAYAYAYAY!!!!

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  8. Susan - Thank you! God's timing IS perfect. :)

    Kathleen - when my husband took the picture the kids were running around the room so excited, I told him we needed one with them in it. A wonderful example of God's many blessings in my life.

    Angie - Thank you! I'm happy it's over, too. I'm sure there will be other seasons of waiting on this journey, but I want to be right in the middle of God's Will, so I will gladly wait.

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  9. Congratulation! That's just wonderful!

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    1. Thank you, Dana!! So happy you stopped by to celebrate with me.

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  10. Congratulations Gabrielle. Such great news and so deserved :)

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    1. Thank you, Kara! I don't know about the deserved part, though. This is a humbling blessing.

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  11. Congratulations Gabrielle! Beautiful story. We'll be watching for a contract and new release! :)

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    1. Anne! I'm celebrating each step of the journey!

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  12. Congratulations! It's not only the story about how you got to this point but your relationship with God that inspires me.

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    1. Lisa, God gets all the glory for every accomplishment on my journey. I'm so thrilled I can share my story and let the world know how good He is!

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  13. Yaaaaaaaay, Gabe! I've already told you I'll give you a celebratory hug in June...but again, I'll give you a celebratory hug in June! :) Can't wait to get to celebrate in person, but for now...yaaaaayyyy! So excited to see how God is going to use your writing. I know he's certainly already using you...as an encouragement to me. :)

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    1. Melissa, I CAN'T wait for that hug! There will be lots to celebrate in June with your debut release this year, too! Thank you for all YOUR encouragement, my friend. :)

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  14. Congrats! I'm so excited for you!

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    1. Thank you, Julie! I'm heading over to share my news of the Facebook writers accountability group page soon. :)

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  15. That is wonderful news. I love your story, such a confirmation of God's grace and your commit to your sons :)

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    1. Lisa, it is only by the grace of God that I am able to be a wife, a mother AND a writer. I love watching Him tell His story through me, as I parent and as I write. God is so good.

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  16. I can't tell you how thrilled I am that we're agent-mates, Gabrielle! And how awesome about the timing of the contract. Gives me goosebumps. :)

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    1. Sarah, I owe so much of it to you! Thank you for everything. God's timing IS perfect.

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  17. The news is officially out there! I'm so so SO happy for you, Gabe. I'm excited to see what God does next with your writing...I have a feeling it's something big. :) Lindsay

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    1. Yes, Lindsay, it's officially out there! Thank you for being my VERY first reader and one of my biggest fans! You were the first person to tell me I had something in my story worth sharing. :)

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  18. Bobbi Jo ChampionApril 4, 2013 at 7:41 AM

    Congratulations Gabe!!! I am so excited for you. I can not wait to read your published works!!! God is good, ALL the time.

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    1. Bobbi Jo! You asked me about a year ago when you could read my story and I'm happy to say the day is getting closer and closer. :) thank you your encouragement through the years. We all miss you guys!

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  19. What a great story! So excited we get to be fellow Bookies!

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    1. Me, too, Sarah! I had so much fun celebrating your big milestones these past few months! Thank you for stopping by and sharing in mine.

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  20. Congratulations, Gabrielle! This is expected news. We knew you'd had it in you. :)

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    1. Thanks for stopping by to celebrate, Jim! And thank you for the vote of confidence. :)

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  21. Gabrielle, congratulations! Hope the good news keeps coming. :)

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  22. Woohoo!!! How did I miss this?? I was out most of yesterday...

    Thrilled to have you as an agent-mate, Gabe! HUGE (((hugs))) and congratulations!!

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    1. I made the announcement late last night, so you're right on time, Cindy! Thanks for stopping by to celebrate! I'm thrilled we share the same agent. :)

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  23. Super Congratulations! So happy for you. You've embarked on the next step of the journey. remember this moment for any future times when Satan tries to drag you down. You have been called. See the proof?

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    1. Thank you, Mary! I will hold in to this moment. It's so much fun celebrating with all if you. Thanks for your encouragement.

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  24. Wow, WHAT a story! Just goes to show that GOD'S timing is absolutely perfect. VERY happy for you!! You'll be in print soon. :D :D

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    1. Thank you, Casey! I don't know what the future holds, but I know God has it all planned out! It's been a blast sharing my news with everyone today!

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  25. Gabrielle, been praying for you! So thankful God answered prayers and paired you with your dream agent! God bless you as you both work together to get your books out there! Congrats!

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    1. Thank you for the prayers, Heather! During The Waiting period I think it's easy to get discouraged, but when we hold out for God's best, we're never disappointed. So happy to have you here today. :)

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  26. Congratulations Gabe!! How exciting! What a wonderful testimony of trusting in God and His timing. I'm proud of you and will look forward to reading your books one day!

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    1. Thank you, Teri! I can't wait until you can read them. :) You're a wonderful encourager and you've been a highlight on this journey.

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  27. I'm so very excited that we're agency-mates now! The path God continues to unfold in your life is beautiful to behold. WOOO HOOOOO!!!!

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    2. Thank you, Donna! Somehow this reply was deleted??? I'm so thrilled to be at Books & Such and to be among so many amazing authors, including you!!!!

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  28. Yay, yay, yah! I LOVE agent news! Congratulations, so great to hear this!

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    1. And so glad to hear about you agent announcement, too! Isn't it fun to reach this milestone?

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  29. Of course you know this but I LOVE YOU AND AM SO EXCITED!!!!!!! Can't wait to celebrate your agent contract and Melissa's impending book release in June. Woohoo!

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    1. Thank you, Lindsay!!!!!! We're going to have so much fun in just a few more months. Counting down the days! And thank you for all the love and encouragement this past year, your an incredible blessing in my life.

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  30. COnGRATS!!!!!!! SO excited for you Gabrielle!!!

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    1. Thank you, Krista! Reaching this milestone is so much fun when I can do it with friends.

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  31. Congrats Gabrielle! Bless you! How exciting!

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    1. Thank you, Gwen! It's exciting and humbling all at the same time.

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  32. OH SO HAPPY for you and your beautiful family, Gabrielle! And for joining us at the Books&Such family, too:) You're a perfect fit and it's clear HIS fingerprints are all over it. The timing is no accident and I'm so touched by the story behind it with your twins, etc. Welcome ~ and great JOY!!

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    1. Thank you, Laura! I feel right at home amongst my Books & Such family. One of the reasons it quickly became my favorite agency is because of all the AMAZING authors who call it home! Your encouragement has been an important companion on this journey. :)

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  33. Gabrielle, I'm so excited for you!!! And how exciting to know that you are with the same amazing agent. Congratulations!

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    1. Yay, Michelle! So excited to share an agent with you and to be welcomed into the Books & Such Agency! Thanks for all you encouragement on this journey. :) We fellow Minnesotans need to stick together!

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  34. Welcome to the Bookies, bookie! I really had no doubt you'd find a stellar agent. Congratulations, Gabe. God is amazing and His timing is always brilliant! :)

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    1. Thanks, Jess! I've been overwhelmed with the welcome I've received by the bookies! So many awesome writers in that group! God's timing is brilliant! I love that word. :)

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  35. This is WONDERFUL!!! Super congratulations!! I could tell your journey was God-breathed when you shared with me at ACFW, how beautiful how God stamped it especially on your childrens' birthday. Love it!!

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    1. Julia, if there's anything I know for sure, it's that God is all over this journey. I'm in awe if His provisions and timing. So cool! Thank you for stopping hub to celebrate with me today!!

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  36. Okay, I'm going to say this in French. Ahem.

    Le WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    1. I wish I could answer in French! :) thanks for celebrating with me, Jennifer!!!!!

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  37. Oh, Gabrielle, celebrating with you!!!! What fantastic news!! That picture with you and the kids couldn't be more priceless. Congratulations!!

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    1. Thank you, Joanne!!!! I'm celebrating your recent release with you, too! Congrats! I loved the second story in the Cadence of Grace series!!! Yay!!

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  38. Huge congrats, Gabrielle! I saw your post on the B & S FB page and I had to drop by. Can't wait to talk to you more and READ YOUR BOOKS!

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