THIS POST IS FOR DORIAN BECAUSE THERE IS SUCH A THING AS A DREAM AGENT.
July 20, 2006
My manuscript of LOTTERY was being read by three agents. I already had interest from editors who had seen LOTTERY on the Maui Manuscript Marketplace. My top pick, Dorian Karchmar from William Morris Agency, had called to ask for more time to read.
"Just one more week?" She asked.
She emphasized she wanted to hear about any offers from any of the other agents who were currently reading LOTTERY.
That was a week and a half ago.
My friend and author Holly Kennedy said the faster that agents got back to you the better news it was. This was not good. I was losing hope and was planning to get my second tier agent list out and rethink. My phone sat on the Nav station charging.
The phone rang.
My eyes flew open.
I leaped out of bed.
I ran down the hall.
I hit answer but the call went straight to voice mail.
The area code was 212.
I listened to the message only long enough to hear, "I LOVE your book!"
I hit call.
I have two cats retching hairballs between my feet.
My husband has an early meeting in the office.
I assure Dorian that I can talk while grabbing a paper towel and wiping cat vomit from the bottoms of my bare feet.
I try to be professional.
Like it wasn't the most important call of my life. Like it didn't make all my dreams come true. Like it didn't mean my time spent writing was not wasted.
It was as I always imagined.
It felt just as I knew it would.
When I hung up I had an agent and could say:
"My agent is Dorian Karchmar of the William Morris Agency."
And it felt good.
And it feels just as good a year later.