Friday, 29 August 2008

The Most Wonderful News in the World!

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.

44 comments:

DOT said...

Whoopieee! Wow! and every other exclamation I can think of. Well done!

Lane said...

O- M- G!!

What fantastic news!!
I'm soo pleased for you. Well done you!! x

Debs said...

WOOOOOOOOWWWWWWWWWWWWWW.

So thrilled for you, that's incredible news, well done.

X

Yvonne said...

Oh Cal, I am so, so happy for you. What an incredible response from your agent, you must be as high as a kite! Congratulations!!! xxx

K.Imaginelli said...

A huge congratulations! I have no idea what your book's about, but after reading YOUR AGENT'S (yaaaaay!) response, I can't wait to read it.

Paige said...

WOW! I'm so happy for you! I KNEW THIS WOULD HAPPEN!

Congratulations! Woo hoo!

B said...

I am so excited for you :) Well done! Makes all the hard work worthwhile, eh?

Pat Posner said...

Cally
That's fantastic news!! I'm really happy for you.
Now (with ref to the post before this) perhaps you'll stop doubting yourself. YAY!

Graeme K Talboys said...

Brilliant news! And well deserved.

HelenMH said...

Brilliant - what a wonderful end to all the waiting and hoping!

SpiralSkies said...

Oh my God, that is absolutely bloody brilliant... I seriously have a tear rolling down my cheek for you.

Lunch with your agent, dahling! Wow. Just awesome. I'm truly thrilled to bits for you.

X

Cathy said...

Oh wow!!!

Fantastic news, well done.

Bernadette said...

That is so fantastic, Cally. Well done !

Jumbly Girl said...

omigod omigod omigod! That is so utterly fantastic. I am so pleased for you Cally. You are a fantastic writer and you so deserve to be out there on the shelves. AN AGENT!! LUNCH!!! Woohooooo! I'm going to open a another bottle of wine and toast you my dear (oh no now I feel like crying so I'd better shut up. Big big grins and hugs!!!

L-Plate Author said...

Oh Calistro, that is fab news. Well done you, you've worked so hard for it.

xx

Leigh said...

YIPEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE
EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Big hugs. Jumping around with joy. Clever, clever, clever girl!

xx

Sarah*G* said...

Yaaaaaaaaaaaay! (Ok so I may have typed too many a's as I have had too many glasses of wine!) But that doesn't mask the fact that I am SO happy, pleased, over the moon for you Cal! That is such cool, amazing, brilliant news! I am going to sober up and come back later! Big higs and congrats to you Cally. Have a glass of my wine. It is red, do you like red wine?
You have an agent! That is such a cool thing to say!!

KAREN said...

Oh. My. God. I'm SO happy for you, Calistro. A dream come true. Well, well done you deserve it after all your hard work. I'll be looking forward to updates now :o)))

Tam said...

LUNCH?? WITH AGENT??? That is the best news - congratulations! You soooo deserve it!

Quillers said...

Oh Cally this is wonderful! I'm so happy for you! It's the best news I've heard all week. You're living the dream, girl!

ChrisH said...

Yipppeeeee! Huge, huge congratulations! It's SO lovely to hear good news - enjoy every minute!

Caroline said...

Oh my God!
So thrilled for you honey.
Enjoy enjoy enjoy.

x

Gonna be a writer said...

Fantastic news, congratulations

Kerry said...

Cally I am so so chuffed for you! You deserve it and I hope 'the road rises up to meet you' from this point on in the process :)

Angie said...

Congratulations! That is fantastic news. What a great response from YOUR agent!

Calistro said...

Thanks everyone for the wonderful, wonderful comments. I'm so, so touched by the number of people that have left a comment.

The news still hasn't properly sunk in (I don't think it will until I've signed the contract and met my agent!). Right now I'm a bubbling mess of excitement and fear! But I'm trying to keep the fear to a minimum (mostly "what if she can't sell my novel?") and am enjoying the excitement. My dream is so close I can almost touch it. I wish I could bottle this feeling!

Annie Bright said...

MANY, MANY, MANY CONGRATUALATIONS!!

liz fenwick said...

Absolutely fantastic!!!!!! I'm so thrilled for you!!

Zinnia Cyclamen said...

Yes, it's not the end of the road - but it's a huge HUGE step along the way. Cally, that is such terrific news, it's put a big smile on my face. I am so very glad you're getting nearer to achieving your dreams. You've worked so hard that you deserve this, and I hope you enjoy every minute of it.

Kate Lord Brown said...

Yeyyyy! Well done! So thrilled for you - dreams do come true!

JJ said...

Thirty comments saying exactly what I wanted to say. Bloody, bloody brilliant Cally. I remember saying at the Manchester Novel Racer meet that you would be next ...

I love being able to say 'I told you so...'

So so excited for you. JJx

Nik's Blog said...

Fantastic news. Congrats!

Nik

B.E. Sanderson said...

Wow! That's amazing news. Congratulations!

wordtryst said...

OMG, Calistro! That is wonderful, wonderful news! When my agent called the first time and said she loved the story I fell to my knees in the middle of the kitchen, and my heart didn't stop racing for a week! Even the sale of the book a year later wasn't as much of a high as that first outside validation!

SO - I understand perfectly, and I'm happy and sooooo excited for you!

Shuggie said...

Congratulations :)

Lily Sheehan said...

Congratulations to you!!! You soooooo deserve it :)

Kate said...

Very belatedly but WOWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWEEEEE!

Many, many congratulations, top girl. Very best of luck with all the excitement to come!
Kate xxx

womagwriter said...

Just caught up with this news - VERY well done, but not at all unexpected because you are a great writer!

Helen said...

I am just cathcing up after being away, but what great news to come back to. Congratulations to you!!!!!!!!! Richly deserved too.

x

angelesque said...

OH MY GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!! That is SO EXCITING!!!! You have an agent... you're almost at published heaven! So, so happy for you... x

Kate.Kingsley said...

YEAH! Well done, well done, WELL DONE Cally.

fantastic news, and so very well deserved ~ you work SO hard at your writing, and I'm so pleased it's paying off for you!

I can't wait to see you published!!!!

Lucy Diamond said...

Only just seen this - late as always! - but wanted to add my congrats - well done!!!! And a big whoopeee! That is brilliant news, Cally, I am so so pleased for you. Hoorah!!

KayJay said...

WOW! Just got back from holiday and look what I missed!!

I am so pleased for you, you totally deserve it and I cannot wait to see you on the shelves!

Well done, missus! You are an inspiration.

Captain Black said...

Sorry I'm late. Has something happened then?

Seriously, very well done Cally. You're well on the way to being an isbe (natural progression from wannabe).

Looking forward to reading you in print...