That pretty much describes how I felt last night! But it’s a good feeling, a fantastic one! I could have screamed, if only it weren’t so late. Plus, my older brother is visiting right now and it would have freaked him out to hear me yelling.
I sent my first query out to a literary agent a while back. Actually, June twenty-second to be exact. I was testing it to see if it would work. I really didn’t expect to hear back from her in such a short time. Last night, though, I did. She wants the first fifty page, which means the query letter must work. How exciting!
She is definitely one of my top picks, but I’m aware this is just a small step. It’s just since it’s my first query letter and my first request for a partial I am ever-so happy! All the kind things she had to say about my query letter was wonderful, too. I had sent one to my critic group (fantastic, amazing, writers!) and then trashed that to start again. Then I posted I think two different types on AW’s Water Cooler’s Query Hell. I trashed both of those, too, and wrote something completely different.
Like, really different. I liked it better than the others, and sent the first version of it to Query Goblin to see if it worked. Which, luckily, it did. Then I was given a guaranteed query critic when I signed up for a Writer’s Digest webinar and decided why not? I’d send my weird, somewhat non-conventional, query letter to her and see if it worked. If it didn’t, that’d be sad, but at least I’d know and she’d give me pointers to tell me how to alter it. If it worked…
I’d be lying if I said I didn’t dream of it working and her asking me for a partial, but I really didn’t think it would happen. That’s why it took me eleven minutes to actually open the e-mail. When I read over it my heart soared! It’s the little things in life you have to enjoy 🙂
Even if she decides the story isn’t for her after reading the partial, I’ll still be grateful and pleased. Probably a little disappointed but I’ve always chosen to focus on the good instead of the bad. As Randy Disher said, happiness is a choice. (If you get that reference without googling it, you’re amazing and I love you!)
Of course, I don’t expect this to work out. After all, it’s my first try and it’d be too… weird if it worked. I’ve read a lot of stories of writer’s not getting an offer until query letter 75. I think that’ll be my story when this is all said and done.
Now for the reason that ‘amazing’ is in the title of this post! I don’t get this news until I got back from seeing the Amazing Spiderman. I’m a hero movie geek, it’s my big brother’s fault and since he was in town we decided to see it together. It was… well, amazing. Really amazing. Andrew Garfield is ten times better than Tobey Maguire was at being Spiderman. Plus the actors in it are amazing ones like Denis Leary (so funny), Martin Sheen, Campbell Scott (I have a crush on him), and Emma Stone (my favorite actress, but she needs to return to a ginger. Redheads are the funnest, trust me).
And Andrew Garfield…? I could scream like a little school girl whenever I see him wearing glasses. I love guys with glasses and he’s already so handsome. Anyway, if you are wondering whether to see it or not: see it! It’s a fun, action packed, interesting plotted, story. Yes, you know the Spiderman story — everyone does — but this movie does it well.