Thursday, June 28, 2012

Under New Management!!!

A very exciting and all-around wonderful announcement: I am now represented by the fabulous Hannah Bowman of Liza Dawson Associates!

Photo Courtesy of Liza Dawson Associates
I absolutely couldn't be happier. As many of you know, I  parted ways with my former literary agency earlier this year. (If you don't know this story, click here for more details.) Getting my first agent was hard enough, so the realization that I needed to dive back in AGAIN was nearly panic attack-inducing. (Not to mention the fact that I was right in the middle of writing a new manuscript, so I didn't even have anything to dive back in with.)

Imagine my elation, then, when Hannah and I began conversing this spring. We had a fairly solid foundation already--she was my original manuscript's very first full request--but I figured she was way out of my league. She was HANNAH BOWMAN, after all: the powerhouse newcomer who snagged a six-figure trilogy preempt deal for her very first sale. A deal she followed with another six-figure preempt for her second deal. (Wanna hear more? Check out her Liza Dawson Associates bio here, or read her Tumblr page here.)

Here's the other thing about Hannah. She's really just a fantastic person. She's approachable, friendly, creative, passionate, determined, punctual and pragmatic. She emails when she says she'll email; she calls the minute she says she'll call. She is editorial and detail-oriented, and her creative judgment is absolutely spot-on.

Signing my brand-new contract! (6/25/12)
(Check out the ghetto air conditioner and dog toys
in the background... This is how I roll.)
When I first told her about the project I was working on, she seemed very interested. (Wanna hear more about my pitch and concept? Click here!) You can't sign a contract for an unfinished manuscript, of course, so we both agreed I would finish the novel and send it to her as soon as it was polished. I told her it was hers if she wanted it; I wouldn't even query it to other agents.

So... A few months passed. I sent her the manuscript on June 13, and she told me she would try to get back to me by the beginning of July. I didn't expect to hear from her for awhile, so imagine my surprise when she emailed a mere seven days later and told me she "loved" the manuscript. She quickly followed this email with another that said, "Since it's really not a secret that I want to sign you--shall I go ahead and send an agency agreement on so we can discuss it on Thursday?"

Um, YESSS!! My surprise quickly turned into a happy dance that rivaled even my "dinner's ready" softshoe. (You should have seen it. Hubby was quite impressed.)

Dotted lines... (6/25/12)
So that's that. The contract has been signed, Hannah and I just had our first revision meeting, and I am officially Liza Dawson Associate's newest client. We hope to get the manuscript out fairly soon, but really, I'm just looking forward to languishing over my revisions. I know my novel is in very, very good hands, and I absolutely couldn't be more pleased. This experience confirms to me that everything does indeed happen for a reason.

Ta-da! (Please excuse my sweaty camp t-shirt 
and gross hair... It was 104 degrees! 6/25/12)
Thanks again to EVERYONE who supported me during the ups and downs of this crazy process. It was amazing for me to realize how many people were truly here for me this spring--not just when times were good or when it looked like success was on my horizon.

Special shout-outs to my hubby Mike Chickos, my parents Kevin and Tammy O'Kane, my sister Shana Laflin, Allen Walker, Beth Christopher, Christina McCarthy, Tara Dairman, Eugene Scott, Sean McAfee, Joe Kovacs, Rene Zimbelman, Lynne Stockheim, Molly Horner, Dr. Theresa, Jamie Watson, Brianne Mulligan, Anita Howard, Jaye Robin Brown, Leigh Moore, Charlie Holmberg, Ash Krafton, Keith Wood, Mark Stevens, Kalen O'Donnell, the #WIPMADNESS crew, my QT forum peeps, and everyone else who took the time to leave nice comments or send encouraging emails. I will be forever in your debt. (Wow! It really DOES take a village, doesn't it?)

I would also like to thank Hannah for believing in me even when I wasn't sure I believed in myself. I am looking forward to our partnership, and I can't wait to get started!

46 comments:

Lori M. Lee said...

CONGRATS! I'm so impressed by how quickly you were able to find new representation. This only confirms my belief that you are destined for awesome things :)

Beth said...

WHOOO!!! That's so exciting! I'm so, so happy for you :)

Mere Joyce said...

Oh, so happy for you! This is such awesome news, especially after what you've been through. Now looking forward to seeing your work when it surely becomes a book =D

Lora R. Rivera said...

Fantastic! It's so funny how the stars line up sometimes :) Good for you and what an awesome village you have!! Congratulations, girl!

Angela V. Cook said...

What a wonderful happy ending to such a heartbreaking situation! Congratulations!!

LTM said...

Ha ha!!!! YAY YAY YAY!!! I'm so psyched for you and so super happy for the happy ending! Here's expecting big things! ((super big hug))

Yay!!! :o) <3

Eliza Tilton said...

Yay! That's awesome. Grats!!

Melodie Wright said...

Congratulations!! The blurb for your new MS sounds great - best of luck in submission hell!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Congratulations! That is awesome.

Jay C. Spencer said...

Congrats! What an exciting time.

ryan graudin said...

Oh yay! I'm so glad you were able to snag yourself a top-notch agent! Huge congrats, Lisa!

bethchristopher.com said...

Thrilled and SO VERY STOKED for you, for Hannah, and for the world when ESSENCE arrives! Congratulations!

bethchristopher.com said...

Thrilled and SO VERY STOKED for you, for Hannah, and for the world when ESSENCE arrives! Congratulations!

girlparker.com said...

Doing my own soft-shoe routine for you! Such great news... been hitting refresh most of the morning waiting to see your good news. Y A Y !!! You worked hard and didn't quit. Look at the payoff, baby!

Carol Garvin said...

Just saw your announcement on Twitter and had to hop over to say congratulations! I'm sure it's just the first of many more exciting things to come. All the best to you!

Ann Bedichek said...

This is so freakin' fabulous!! You and Hannah are going to be such a dynamite team! You've trained large animals. She's worked at FERMI labs. And you are both clearly brilliant when it comes to words on a page. Could two people be any cooler?

May your happy dance continue for weeks and weeks!

Shari Green said...

YES!!! Fantastic news! Congratulations to you and Hannah. :D

Angelina C. Hansen said...

Fabulous news. Congratulations! I was hoping that's what it was. . . Have fun with those revisions and best wishes for a speedy sale. ^_^

Melanie Conklin said...

Way to stick with it.

Tara Dairman said...

YAAAAAY! I am totally not surprised that this happened, and can't wait to hear about the next steps for Essence. You and Hannah sound like the perfect team--SO glad it has worked out this way!! =)

(And thanks for the shout-out--it was a total privilege to get to read the opening pages!)

kiperoo said...

Oooh! Oooh! Oooh! SO HAPPY FOR YOU!!! This is fantastic news! I am so glad this story has a happy ending (

Jaye Robin Brown said...

Ah yay. I hope the next happy, shiny post we see is about your book deal!

You did it, girl!!

tlimberg said...

So proud of you! congratulations!

Christa Desir said...

Hooray!!! Lisa, I am absolutely delighted and I knew your awesome book would find a home again. I know this journey has been a bit rocky and yet I am SO proud of you for dusting yourself off and plugging along and now just LOOOK!!!!

Sarah Ahiers said...

I TOTALLY knew you'd find a new agent ASAP! I wasn't even surprised when i saw the post in QT, just really happy for you!

Charlie Holmberg said...

So incredible, and it surely does sound like you're in good hands! I am super jealous of you in all the right ways. ;) Can't wait for YOUR six-figure deal!!

alexia said...

Yay! So exciting! Congrats!

Pam Asberry said...

I am so, so, SO happy for you!! :-)

Lydia Kang said...

Whoa, how did I miss this??? I'm so happy for you! So very happy, especially after what happened with your first agent. I figured you wouldn't be unagented for long.
Big hugs and congratualations!

Mary Vettel said...

Could not be happier for you, Lisa. This is fantastic news - and you are so deserving. Dancing along with you. I'd love to work with Hannah. Wow! How exciting. Yay!

Deana said...

This is such great news Lisa!!! Bask on it girl because you deserve every minute of it:-)

Deana said...

This is such great news Lisa!!! Bask on it girl because you deserve every minute of it:-)

Linda Jackson said...

"I told her it was hers if she wanted it; I wouldn't even query it to other agents."

Lisa Ann, that was so sweet. If I were an agent, I would have signed you w/o reading the manuscript. :)

Congrats!

Donna Perugini said...

WooHoo! Looking for this agent to be phenominal for you!

Joe Kovacs said...

Lisa, I'm a little late to the party here, but let me again express how happy I am for you. It's too bad we haven't had a chance to meet yet in person, but I know I need to come back out to Denver soon. Congratulations! Joe

Rose said...

You are awesome in every way. Hannah is lucky to have you. Congrats Lisa I am always proud to call you my Friend :) you are destined for great things, rock on.

Rose said...

You are awesome in every way. Hannah is lucky to have you. Congrats Lisa I am always proud to call you my Friend :) you are destined for great things, rock on.

Mark Stevens said...

Oh yeah ! It's all just a matter of time. And when it happens, it's gonna be good. Just sayin' ...

Heather M. Gardner said...

Very inspiring!
Congrats and thanks for sharing.
Heather

Ciara said...

That is SO amazing. Congratulations!!!

Jemi Fraser said...

Congratulations! ANd good luck with the next steps!!! :)

Escape Artist Linda said...

Oh my gosh! I never even thought of saying something like that. Congratulations, and if you wouldn't mind sending a little fairy dust my way too! : )

Anita Grace Howard said...

Lisa, to say I'm proud of you would be an understatement. To say I'm inspired by you is so much closer to the truth.

Your tenacity amazes me. You are the lasting kind of writer. Because even when things were difficult, even when your dream didn't come to fruition when your were THIS close, you kept on writing. You were born to do this, and will soon have hoards of fans gobbling up everything you pen!

I'm thrilled for you. This is the real deal this time. Hannah believed in you from the start, and she's going to see you through to that publishing contract you've been working so hard for!

BTW, I read your QT success story, and WOW! The premise of your book sounds fantastic! I can't wait to be sharing shelf space with you, lady. :) Bask in your happiness, pal. You earned every bit of it.

P.S. You're so sweet to mention me. I'm so happy I was able to help in any small way!

Bethany Crandell said...

YES!! This is awesome, Lisa. Sounds like the second time is a charm. So, so, SO excited for you!!

Mindy said...

Congratulations, Lisa! I signed with Hannah last fall after trying for over a year to get an agent. We are out on submission now with my sci-fi YA novel. Good luck with the revision process - Hannah was very spot-on with her comments about my story and definitely helped to bring it up to the next level.

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