A lot has happened in the past year! Last fall, I entered and was selected as a mentee for Pitch Wars.* My humorous, sci-fi Middle Grade novel then received feedback from a pair of amazing mentors (shout out to Team KrakenBee!) which helped me strengthen and refine my manuscript.
At the beginning of 2019, I attended the Society of Children’s Books Writers and Illustrators annual conference in New York where I had a blast meeting one of my PW mentors in person. That same week, the PW agent showcase went live. I received several agent requests, plus sent out a batch of queries to other agents. Two weeks later, I had agent offers! I was ecstatic and could hardly believe it was all happening!
After phone calls with the interested agents, talking with writer friends and family, and researching on Publisher’s Marketplace/Twitter/Blogs/etc. I signed with literary agent, Alyssa Eisner Henkin at the beginning of March. After some more revisions, we went on submission at the end of May. Three weeks later, I found out we had interest from publishing houses! It was such an exciting and surreal time.
At the beginning of July 2019, I officially accepted an offer from Simon & Schuster, Books for Young Readers. Since then, I’ve revised my manuscript more and started drafting a sequel. I’ve even gotten to see sneak peaks of my book’s future cover (and I love it!) Stay tuned for pics!
It’s hard to believe that in less than a year my book will be in libraries and book stores and that people I’ve never met will meet my characters and read my words. It’s so exciting and such a blessing to have this opportunity.
* Pitch Wars is a mentoring program where published/agented authors, editors, or industry interns choose one writer each, read their entire manuscript, and offer suggestions on how to make the manuscript shine for an agent showcase.