It's true! I'm thrilled to announce the second signing as a direct result of our Baker's Dozen Agent Auction in December.
Author Beth Hautala has signed with Danielle Chiotti of Upstart Crow Literary Agency. You can read the Baker's Dozen entry that grabbed Danielle's heart HERE.
CONGRATULATIONS and BEST WISHES FOR SUCCESS to you both!
And here's the agent love story, in Beth's own words:
I spent two years writing, editing, entrusting to beta readers, and rewriting my middle-grade novel, Waiting For Unicorns.
I loved it-which is unusual, because I am my own worst critic. I generally end up hating my work. But now, despite a successful career in commercial writing, months of rejection were leading me to believe I had no business writing fiction.
Writing stories makes me tick and I wept at the thought of giving it up.
I decided to give things one final shot before I shelved the manuscript. I submitted Unicorns to Authoress' Baker's Dozen Agent Auction, never expecting to make the cut.
But I did! And Waiting For Unicorns eventually earned six requests for fulls.
I almost died.
Five weeks later I received an email from Danielle Chiotti of Upstart Crow Literary. She had read my book and thought it was "REALLY WONDERFUL."
"I'd love to set up a time to speak with you over the phone so we can get to know each other a little better," she emailed.
I screamed. Literally. Out loud.
And then I started crying. And shaking.
Then I did a happy dance in my chair.
And then I ran to tell my husband.
Ultimately, Danielle offered representation, and today, I have an agent!
Where would I be without Authoress?!
So, for anyone who has ever tried to do something beautiful and meaningful with words, be encouraged! As a dear friend and author recently said to me, "You are closer than you think." Keep writing.
(Read the full story HERE.)