Those of you who are my facebook friends will know that I posted a status message "Cally is rubbish at keeping secrets but can't say anything for at least a week".
Well....I can't tell you what that secret is yet but I received some more good news about half an hour ago...
The foreign rights agent at NiceMrAgent's agency rang me to say he'd given her my novel to read on her holidays and...
SHE ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT!!!
She said it made her laugh and cry and she thought it was such a clever, believable idea and she'd fallen in love with it. She said she had UK publishers in mind she thought might love it and that foreign publishers were after a book like mine and she'd like to take it to the London Book Fair. And we talked about 'the secret' and she thought that was great too. And we talked and we talked and her excitement and enthusiasm were palpable and I said, in a little voice,
"So, um, are you my agent then?"
And she said, "Yes!"
And she said there were a few things she'd like me to tweak ("but it's pretty much perfect") and she asked me to send her a bio. And just now I received an email from her saying my contract was in the post and could I meet her for lunch next week?
And I can't stop crying.
Obviously there's still a long road to go down and I know of lots of authors who've got themselves an agent but couldn't find a publisher but hearing MY AGENT (oh wow, I still can't believe I can finally type those two words) say "I fell in love with your book" made all the hard work and the stress and the late nights and the self-doubt and the worry worthwhile.
I'm the happiest woman in the world.