When I was a very new agent (I know I haven’t been an agent for a year yet but roll with me here) I had this book come in through my queries. I read it and I knew immediately that I must absolutely have this book.
I identified with the character. I knew so much that this book would sell and be a help to kids that were in similar situations if the book could reach them. The writing was great and it needed very little revision.
But back then I wasn’t very good at the whole phone call thing. I have a tinge of social anxiety and I sucked bad at phone calls. I credit my not awesome phone skills for the two books I lost. While both books hurt, this one hurt to my very soul. I loved this book so much.
This morning I woke and checked my email while my coffee was brewing. The author had lost their agent when the agent left their agency with no prospect of another position yet. She asked if I remembered her, and told me she has sent the book out again and again it has garnered so many requests and offers of representation.
I won’t let her get away again. I want this to be my book. I’ll fight for it. I simply told her when she asked if I remembered her that yes I did, I remember her every week and her book is the one that got away, and I would very much like to represent her book and be a helpmeet in her career.
Now I have this feeling again. Like a girl waiting for her date to prom but he’s an hour late. I really don’t want to get stood up again, but I can’t help but take the chance. I don’t want to miss the prom with this book.