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The “YES” (in other words, agented!)

Posted on | June 22, 2012 | 13 Comments

I have a quote, framed and printed on a letterpress card, next to my desk. It’s a reminder to help me through all the “nos” and the “maybe ifs” that come with being a writer and putting my work out into the world.

Today, I’m here to attest that it’s true. That after the final no, there really is a yes. And sometimes, in the midst of all the work and the worry, there is more than one yes. And then you get to be the one to say yes.


Today I accepted an offer of representation from a literary agent for my novel, Gently Used.  And not just any literary agent, but the perfect agent for my work:

Christina Hogrebe of the Jane Rotrosen Agency!

How did I know she was perfect? Well, besides being an absolute publishing pro from a stellar agency, with the sales records to back it up, Christina “gets” my book with an enthusiasm second only to my own. She also professes to have “grown up on a steady diet of Ann of Green Gables and Sweet Valley Twins.” My parents practically had to rip those creased paperbacks out of my sweaty adolescent hands in order to get me to play outside every once in awhile. I know Christina is a kindred spirit because I can picture her curled up with the same books I read as a kid, which says a lot about someone, don’t you think?

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m gonna go have a little dance party.


13 Responses to “The “YES” (in other words, agented!)”

  1. Kori
    June 22nd, 2012 @ 12:45 pm

    Yay!!! That is so exciting! I’m so happy for you! We definitely need to catch up soon!

  2. Dee
    June 22nd, 2012 @ 12:46 pm


  3. barbara
    June 22nd, 2012 @ 1:45 pm

    Fantastic news!! Congratulations! Please keep us posted of the process from here.

  4. Suzan
    June 22nd, 2012 @ 1:48 pm

    Super Congratulations! Hope you do a book signing in Kona! ;)

  5. spike pedersen
    June 22nd, 2012 @ 7:59 pm

    I knew it the whole time. Congrats.

  6. Katie T.
    June 22nd, 2012 @ 8:38 pm

    Yay!!! Congratulations Sue!!!

  7. Juliette
    June 23rd, 2012 @ 1:26 am

    Congratulations honey!

  8. Nilesh
    June 24th, 2012 @ 8:27 pm

    Congratulations, Susan. That is fantastic news. And I wish you the best success with the publication.

  9. juliette crane
    June 25th, 2012 @ 8:37 am

    congratulations! so happy to hear it’s your perfect agent too…so well deserved :)

  10. Style Maniac
    June 26th, 2012 @ 7:15 am

    YIPPEEE!!!! I am so very excited for you! Congratulations. This is the second step to very great things happening, I can feel it. (The first step being writing your book).

    As I’ve said before, I look forward to the day when you come to my city on a book tour and we meet in person :)

  11. Ann
    June 26th, 2012 @ 9:16 pm

    You’ve worked so hard for this moment. Bask in it!

  12. Ruta
    July 2nd, 2012 @ 5:21 pm

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!! That’s so exciting that you’ll be published!!!

  13. Laura DuPont
    August 20th, 2012 @ 11:12 pm

    Susan, this is so exciting! Kudos to you! And, it’s wonderful that you feel such a connection to your agent. Love the Wallace Stevens” quote — you got your YES!

    Aunt Laura

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