I have an agent!

Hi! Today I am downright ecstatic to announce that I have an agent! Chip MacGregor of MacGregor Literary.

So begins a whole new chapter of my writing career. πŸ™‚ Thank you for following my journey so far and for taking the time to encourage, explain in the most gentle way possible, teach, Snoopy dance on my behalf (you know who you are!) and cheer me on.

This past year has been a roller coaster of ups and downs of learning the writing craft, finishing a complete novel and then the work of revising and editing it.

God’s hand has been upon me the whole time, guiding (sometimes pushing…), guarding and girding me to where I am now.

A look back on the previous year:

Mid-June 2011: Wrote the first line of my story, and then the next and the next.

November 2011:Β Joined ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) and the Christian Writers Downunder facebook group.

My first meeting with other Christian writers. πŸ™‚

February 2012: Joined Scribes, the ACFW critique loop and went on a steep learning curve of applying edits and craft rules to my work-in-progress.

April 2012: Decided to attend the Β biggest writing conference in the world- The ACFW Christian Writers Conference.

May 2012: Joined my critique group and dropped off the big critique loop. I have 5 wonderful critique partners, who I’m sure drink red ink at breakfast time along with slices of grace. They are such a blessing to me. πŸ™‚

June 2012: Finished writing the first draft of my first novel, A Certain Woman of Worth. Came in at about 96,000 words. I was pleased to have written a book in a year.

August 2012: Started my 2nd book, A Certain Woman of Mettle. Wrote 34,000 words in a month. My best ever.

September 2012: Edited like mad… 1st book stands finished at 100,000 words. I flew to Dallas, Texas in the USA to attend the ACFW conference. I met nearly all my critique partners and had an absolute ball with them. Learned lots of things in workshops and met with agents and an editor. Out of three appointments I had two requests for my full manuscript and one request for a proposal. Very humbling and exciting.

October 2012: Both agents liked me and my work and offered to work with me. I chose Chip. He’s funny, brilliant and kind.

So… that’s my writing life up to now. I know this blog post hasn’t offered much in terms of humor or anything writing wise, but I wanted to take the time to thank you for your input into my life and for sharing with me. πŸ™‚

All the best,

Lucy

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41 thoughts on “I have an agent!

  1. Susan Karsten

    Such a cool story! I have not gone to the conference, joined ACFW in June 2011, don’t have a crit group aside from the main loop yet, but have my full ms (#1) being considered by an agent right now. It’s all in the Lord’s hands and life in the Lord great whatever happens. I am also a home-educating mother – Wisconsin, USA Congrats!!

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    1. dingo4mum

      G’day Susan, ooh how exciting having your ms under consideration! You’ve hit the mark there-it’s all in the Lord’s hands. πŸ™‚ All the best with your writing. πŸ™‚

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    1. dingo4mum

      Hi Amy! It was lovely to meet you as well. πŸ™‚ Thank you for your help in critiquing my story. I really appreciate the input you gave me, and the time you took to explain details to this VERY new writer. πŸ™‚

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  2. Such amazing news Lucy – congratulations! Make sure you drop a line to the rest of the Out of the Borders Zone and let them know. They’ll be SO excited for you!

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    1. dingo4mum

      Oh yes! Great idea. I did mention my news on a few spots on facebook, but I forgot the Beyond the Borders (Zone 11) group. I’ll post there as well. Thank you for sharing my excitement! πŸ™‚

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  3. Congratulations, Lucy, on your wonderful news! I’ve heard great things about Chip from some of his other clients and got to hear him speak when he was the keynoter at a local writing conference here in California. I’d say your description of him is spot on: “funny, brilliant and kind.”

    Chip also has a keen eye, so the fact that he offered you representation speaks highly of you. I’m so impressed that he did so after you’d written just one book. It takes many years and many books for many of us. You must be one amazing writer!

    Enjoy the thrill!

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    1. dingo4mum

      Hi Keli! Thanks for visiting. πŸ™‚ I was so surprised he offered me representation as well. As I said to my critique partners: somebody hit me with a feather! I’m aware how long if often takes writers to reach representation, let alone an actual sale, so I know this whole journey is God’s doing, not mine! To Him be the glory. πŸ™‚ All the best with your own writing journey.

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    2. dingo4mum

      I just visited your blog. I just wanted to tell you that I think it looks LOVELY! My breath actually caught in my throat when it the site loaded. πŸ™‚ Cliche, but true. πŸ™‚ Well done on the site design!

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    1. dingo4mum

      Mary! G’day! It was so lovely also to meet you. I treasure your kind words on my autographed note. πŸ™‚ Meeting you was one of my top highlights of my trip. Right up there with meeting Chip. πŸ˜‰ I can’t wait to read your next book!

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    1. dingo4mum

      Hi Sharon,

      I meant that I dropped off the big Scribes loop. Not the ACFW loop. I’m still lurking there. πŸ™‚ Lots of interesting topics come through and lovely people to meet. Thank you for stopping by. πŸ™‚

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    1. dingo4mum

      Thanks K.C! Yes, landing an agent seems to involve a whole range of factors that no one can exactly identify. I highly recommend going to conferences. That’s how I met the 2 agents who were interested in me. πŸ™‚

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  4. CONGRATULATIONS, Lucy!
    SO EXCITED FOR YOU – I just got your posting as I was gone – TOTALLY OUT OF INTERNET RANGE/NO TV/NO PHONE _wonderful GOD and ME retreat_Just got home and saw your good good news.
    BLESSINGS – CAN’T WAIT TO READ THOSE BOOKS!
    Love,
    Joy

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  5. You are easy to share with, have fun with and give input to. I so enjoyed our time in Dallas and continue to enjoy the time we spend emailing. I have learned bunches from you and am so happy your journey is continuing as it is. Congratulations, my friend. πŸ™‚

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  6. CONGRATULATIONS, LUCY!!! (Insert Snoopy dance here)
    The best part of your story to get to this point is the fact that God is in the center of the whole thing. Stay grounded in Him and you won’t go wrong.
    Now it’s time to saddle-up and get a move on. πŸ™‚

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    1. dingo4mum

      Yessir! God is definitely the center. πŸ™‚ He’s the boss! I still need a ten-gallon hat, but I’ll make do with an Aussie Akubra until then. πŸ™‚ Thanks for the Snoopy dance.

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  7. Ginger

    I’m so proud, in a good way, to be called your friend. And super, duper excited that you’ve accomplished the next step in the publishing journey. I can’t wait to see what God and Chip have in store for you next.

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    1. dingo4mum

      I’m proud to be your friend as well. πŸ™‚ I’m still waiting for your email with your good news. πŸ™‚ Until then–write on!

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