Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Psst. I have some news.


Look, over there. My bio, on the right. See something new?

I have an agent!

I've been writing fiction for two years and three months. I've written three young adult novels and I'm currently writing my first middle grade novel.

I've had sleepless nights when my characters wouldn't leave me alone.

I've had days when I've wondered if I was delusional for becoming a writer.

I've had moments when I've been so excited over a plot line I've squealed out loud.

I've studied the art of how to write the perfect query letter until my eyeballs felt numb.

I've gotten rejections. Oh, yes. I can say I have something in common with most New York Times bestselling authors—the rejections!

But one thing I've never done is give up.

I've dreamed about writing this post since I started blogging, wondering if I'd ever write it. I know that that every bad day and every good day has been shared with so many people who've been supportive of me on this journey. And that includes all of you guys too.

So I thank you. Thank you for holding that ladder while I reached for the sky. Don't know if I'll catch me a star, but I won't stop trying.

(And I won't stop holding the ladder for my bloggy friends too.)

129 comments:

Miranda Hardy said...

This is great news Lydia! Congrats!! Can't wait for the post telling u's you've sold that first novel. You deserve it.

Wen Baragrey said...

Congratulations! That is wonderful news :D I know what you mean when you talk about fantasizing about making this post. I think we've all done that! So happy to read yours :) *clap clap clap!*

Andrea Mack said...

How exciting, Lydia! I'm happy for you.

Frankie Diane Mallis said...

Congratulations! That is awesome!

Renae said...

Congrats Lydia! So excited for you!!!

welcome to my world of poetry said...

Congrats Lydia, hope all works out for you.

Yvonne.

Stina Lindenblatt said...

Congrats, Lydia. I've been waiting for you to finally announce who your agent is.

Good luck with submissions. :D

Clarissa Draper said...

That's wonderful news! I'm so happy for you.

Laura Pauling said...

Yay! Congrats, Lydia!

E. Arroyo said...

Woohoo!!! Congrats! I'm so happy for you!

Marisa Hopkins said...

YAY! Congrats, Lydia!

Bryan Russell said...

Congratulations!

And I recommend one of those vehicles with the crane arms and those buckets you can sit in. Tremendous help, those.

Anne Gallagher said...

This is fantastic news!! Congratulations!!

Murugi Njehia said...

This is great news Lydia! Congratulations! This gives me hope to continue writing and not to give up!And thank you for holding the ladder for us! :):)

E Louise Bates said...

Congratulations! You should be very, very proud of yourself. I read somewhere that the only difference between an unsuccessful writer and a successful one is that the successful one didn't give up when he or she could have. You persevered, and what a triumphant reward!

Old Kitty said...

HAPPY DANCE!! HAPPY DANCE!!!

Yayyayayayayayyayayay!!

More happy dance!! Awwww CONGRATULATIONS!!!! Yes! Happy happy dance!!! Take care
x

Cherie Reich said...

Yay! Congratulations!! That's great news.

cherie said...

Wahooooo! Congrats! So awesome and exciting ;)

Connie Keller said...

Congratulations!!! I'm so happy for you!!!

(I've been checking your blog often since I heard you had an offer, hoping that you've have great news.)

jbchicoine said...

Yay Lydia! All your hard work has come back to you! I'm so happy for your progress. Congratulations! :)

storyqueen said...

congratulations!!

Very well deserved.

Shelley

Linda Kage said...

Wow, congrat!!! That's great news. So happy for you.

BECKY said...

Lydia, how wonderful! I'm so happy for you..I'm doing cartwheels...in my mind! :)

Em-Musing said...

SOOoooooo happy for you! Your success (and hard work, dedication, and numb eyeballs), gives the rest of us hope.

Janet Johnson said...

Congratulations! That is so awesome and very well deserved! :D

Samantha Vérant said...

AWESOME! Truly happy for you, Lydia! Now go drink some champagne!!!

Magan said...

Congrats! Welcome of the club of soon-to-be-published now celebrate!

chasing empty pavements said...

So happy for you! Incredible to see great things happen to great people!

Nicole Zoltack said...

Yay, congrats! I'm so happy for you!

Corey Schwartz said...

Congrats, Lydia! I am not at all surprised1 Anyone who reads your blog can instantly tell that you are an extremely talented writer with great imagination and humor!

Carolyn Abiad said...

Congratulations! So we need to know: Did you a)drop the phone b)jump up and down or c)all of the above??? Details!

Deb Salisbury said...

Hurray! Congratulations!

notesfromnadir said...

CONGRATS! That is quite an accomplishment. You're an inspiration to all your readers! :)

Melissa Sarno said...

Lydia! This is wonderful news! Congratulations! I love your picture. Always keep reaching higher, my friend. :)

Laurel Garver said...

Congrats, Lydia! You're an inspiration!

tinadchayes said...

Congratulations Lydia! Landing an agent is definitely something to celebrate :)

KatyDid said...

I was very happy to read this...
Congratulations.

Dying to see what happens next.

Angela Felsted said...

Congrats Lydia, that's awesome! And I've heard nothing but great stuff about Eric Myers. I sent him a a partial once and his rejection was just so nice. How fortunate you are to work with him.

Roslyn Ross said...

Lydia I am absolutely thrilled for you. It does not gaurantee anything but it is a huge step and must be so satisfying. All the very best of luck with it.

Carol Kilgore said...

Yay, you! Congratulations :)

captainkathymccullough said...

Awesome, Lydia!! Congratulations! Kathy

Suze said...

AAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHH!

Lydia, I am so pleased for you!!!! I am not the type to write things in all caps and multiple exclamation points BUT THIS DESERVES IT!!!!!!!!


Throwing massive amounts of virtual confetti!!!!!

Suzie F. said...

Wow! Congratulations, Lydia! That's awesome news!!

mooderino said...

That's great news, well done!

mood
Moody Writing
@mooderino

Caleb said...

Bitchin'!!!!

Erin Cole said...

Congratulations, Lydai!
You are correct about never giving up, no matter how delusional we think we are. I'm very excited for you. I hope you'll still keep blogging; I do enjoy your posts.

LD Masterson said...

WOO WOO!

(what else is there to say?)

Matthew MacNish said...

CONGRATULATIONS LYDIA! I can't think of anyone who deserves it more than you.

Krispy said...

Eeee!!! CONGRATS! Been waiting to hear something like this ever since you tweeted about agent interest a while ago. I'M SO EXCITED FOR YOU! :D

David Powers King said...

That's so incredibly awesome! I've been at this for almost 15 years and no agent yet. Apparently, you're doing something right. Makes me want to read what you're writing even more!

Congratulations, Lydia! :)

Jess said...

Fantastic! So happy for you! I love reading posts like this~ major congratulations :)

Caroline Starr Rose said...

Wonderful, Lydia! Welcome to the next phase.

Talli Roland said...

WHOOP WHOOP WHOOP! Many many congrats, Lydia! I'm so thrilled for you!

Michael Offutt said...

/throws a confetti parade for you. Congratulations on your success and may you and your agent get this manuscript published so that the world can see your brilliance!

JEM said...

Congrats! And well deserved :).

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Congratulations, Lydia!!!

Carrie Butler said...

Congratulations, Lydia! I'm so excited for you! :D

Carol Riggs said...
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Anna said...

Yay! Congratulations! Good luck on submissions!

Carol Riggs said...

WooooHOOOOO! Awesome milestone, Lydia!! So happy for you. I just tweeted a #WW follow for you on Twitter, and I looked at your profile and I went--what??? and had to come here to see when I missed the announcement. Whew, you'd just posted it.

CONGRATS. That is SO COOL!!!! And more exclamation marks! Can't wait to read a book by you someday. :)

scarlet wilson said...

Congrats on the agent that's fab news!

Leigh Ann said...

Congratulations! Don't even know you but SOOOOOOO happy for you! Sending you all the (((((SUCCESSFUL SUBS))))) vibes I can muster!

kathrynjankowski said...

Wonderful news. Congratulations!

Stephanie M. Lorée said...

Big congratulations on landing an agent!

Kate said...

Fantastic news! Congratulations - you must tell us all anout how you did it!

Melody said...

:D :D :D I am grinning so widely right now - CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! It happened! It's real!!!!! This is so exciting, I wish you much, much happiness! :) CONGRATS!

Donna Hosie said...

Many many congratulations. This is awesome news.

Sophia Chang said...

Holy cow. Congratulations, girl!

You know what we're going to clamor for now? Query journey story! I'm dying to hear it!!!

Lynn said...

Way to go! You've worked hard for this and glad you got to write about it here!!

Victoria Dixon said...

SQUEEEEE!! Congratulations!

Laura Josephsen said...

Oh, that's AWESOME! Congratulations!!!

J.L. Campbell said...

That's wonderful news. Congratulations!

Meredith said...

YES!!!! Congratulations! You did it! Ahhh, I'm so excited for you! You deserve this so much--can't wait to read your book!

The Golden Eagle said...

CONGRATULATIONS! :)

Valerie Geary said...

*happy dance* Congrats!

julie fedderson said...

I knew this one was the one. You're my inspiration, lady, and I am thrilled for your accomplishment!

The Red Angel said...

OH my gosh!!! This is fantastic news, Lydia! CONGRATULATIONS. This is seriously a major deal breaker, I am so glad to hear this--and thank you for sharing your news with us of course.

This goes to prove that if you work hard and do the best you can and never give up, eventually you'll be right where you wanted to be all along. :)

~TRA

http://xtheredangelx.blogspot.com

lynnrush said...

YAY!!!!!!!!!!!! Happy DANCE!!! That's sooooo exciting. :)

Sarah said...

Wooohooooo!!!! Awesome news. Great work!

Sarah said...

yay! congrats, keeping my fingers crossed for you that the next exciting news is being published!!

Lola Sharp said...

WooHooo!!! CONGRATS, Lydia! :D

And, I have full confidence you'll catch yourself a star...or several. ☆∴*★∵∶。◦°✰

Huggles,
Lola

Stephen Tremp said...

Very very cool! I'm happy for you ... may even better things be in store for you!

Sherrie Petersen said...

Congratulations! Awesome news!!

Michelle Davidson Argyle said...

Lydia, congratulations!

catherinemjohnson.wordpress.com said...

Awesome, Lydia!!! Congratulations, can't wait to see your books on the shelf. Wonderful news.

Stephanie Thornton said...

Congratulations on the wonderful news! I can't wait for the announcement that you've sold your first book!

Jennifer Hillier said...

So. Freaking. Happy for you!

Way to go, girl! I will continue to root for you every step of the way. You rock.

Pk Hrezo said...

Yay, Lydia! So so happy for you! One day you'll be telling us all about your path to publication and I look forward to hearing it.

Here's wishing you much luck as your journey continues. All the best!! :)

Caitlin Vincent said...

Wohooo!!! How exciting :) Congratulations!

B.E. Sanderson said...

SQUEE!! Congratulations, Lydia! How awesome is that. And Eric Myers is terrific. You go girl. =o)

Munk said...

It was only a matter of time, congratulations. Thanks for all of the energy you give back to us.

Jayne said...

Yeah, Lydia! Terrific news. I'm still waiting for that bio to load... but I'll read it!
Cheers! ;)

Amie Borst said...

congrats! so which book was it that landed the agent??

Linda Gray said...

Wow!!! Congratulations, Lydia!! This is such wonderful news, and I'm soooo pleased for you. Your dedication and upbeat determination shine.

Rachna Chhabria said...

Congrats, Lydia.Its wonderful news. I am thrilled for you. Hugs.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Lydia .. many congratulations - that's fantastic news .. talk about hanging on in there .. well done! Cheers Hilary

Karen Lange said...

Woo hoo! Congratulations, Lydia! Expecting great things for you. :)

LTM said...

Lydia! LYDIA!!! OMG! CONGRATULATIONS TO YOU!!!! LOL! :D That is fantastic! Whoot! *jumps up and down* that is fantastic news! Yay yay yay!!! :D ((hugs)) <3

Giovanna said...

Congratulations!!!! Well deserved, I am happy for you and with you. You are such a generous spirit, sharing your knowledge freely on the Internet, I am glad persevering and believing in yourself paid off!

M Pax said...

Congrats, Lydia! That's fantastic news. Really, really fantastic. Bet you're not sleeping now because you're so excited. :D

DL Hammons said...

Did you see that? It was a back flip...and it was just for you!! I am so happy that I feel like I've signed an agent myself. Congrats girl!! :)

Susan Fields said...

Congratulations!!! What wonderful news - I'm so excited for you!

Ghenet Myrthil said...

I'm sorry I missed this yesterday. Hooray!!! I'm go glad to hear that your hard work paid off. So inspiring!

Leslie Rose said...

Whew Hew! Do the wave! This news is beyond fab! Congrats. Let the games begin...

Isis Rushdan said...

Wow! CONGRATULATIONS. Sorry I'm so late. Wishing you all the best.

Natalie Aguirre said...

Congrats Lydia! That's awesome news.

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Congratulations!!! It takes a lot of work and perserverance to make dreams come true! Kudos to you. blessings ~ Tanna

Emy Shin said...

Woohoo! Congratulations, Lydia! I'm sorry I'm late to the news, but I'm so, so happy for you! :)

Becky Mahoney said...

Hey there! Thank you so much for stopping by my blog - I thought I'd return the favor. Congratulations on your offer of representation! That's so fantastic! :D

Tracey Neithercott said...

I'm a bit late, but CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!! I'm so happy for you!

Donea Lee said...

Lydia!! SOOO AMAZING!! Huge congrats to you! I look forward to reading your book ~ :)

Reka Sang said...

Congrats for the new step forward. hope you can get your book out soon.

Arlee Bird said...

Great news! Your journey is an inspiration to the rest of us.

Lee
Tossing It Out

Laila Knight said...

EEEKKKKK!!!!! I just found out. Congratulations! And it is well deserved. Can't wait till you get your book published. Woohoo! :) Very excited for you.

Christina Lee said...

GOod for you!!!!!!!!!!!! Congrats!

Ciara said...

wow, MAJOR congrats!!! Woot!

Sarah said...

Ah, Lydia. Once again, I'm so happy for you. It's funny--you and I have such similar journeys! I'll have been writing 2 years this November. Congrats a thousand times. I am sure this is but a prelude to bigger things!

Sweet Virginia Breeze said...

Congratulations Lydia! I am so happy for you. Keep reaching for the sky. I'm looking forward to your first best seller.

Amparo Ortiz said...

YAAAAAAAAAAYYY!!!

*hugs tight*


So, so, so happy for you! Congrats!

WritingNut said...

Congratulations Lydia!!!!! I'm SO happy for you. I've been following your blog since the beginning... isn't it crazy how time flies? This is so inspiring :)... I can't wait to read your book!

Tiana Smith said...

CoNgRaTuLaTiOnS!! :) You deserve it!

Jemi Fraser said...

I'm late to the party, but THRILLED to hear about your news!!! So happy for you - you deserve it. I hope your next steps are speedy and lots & lots of fun! Congratulations :)

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

Congratulations, Lydia! I'm so excited for you. :D

Mason Canyon said...

I'm running late getting by, but CONGRATULATIONS. Wonderful news and best of luck.

Mason
Thoughts in Progress
Freelance Editing By Mason

Nick Thomas said...

Yay says it all

Gail said...

Fabulous news!!!! Congrats!

linda said...

Wow, a HUGE (albeit a bit belated) congrats to you, Lydia! :D

Yvonne Osborne said...

Somehow I missed this initial announcement so let me add my belated congrats here at the bottom!

Yvonne Osborne said...

Somehow I missed this initial announcement so let me add my belated congrats here at the bottom!

 
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