An agent wants to represent me

[This post is imported from my old Livejournal account, where I blogged from 2007-2015.]

As I’ve mentioned, I’ve spent the last couple of months rewriting parts of my book, because a lovely YA agent said she was interested in possibly representing me if I could make some changes. I sent off the new draft a fortnight ago, and the last few weeks of my life have basically been on tenterhooks, and stressing out on everyone I meet, to see if my changes were enough for her to want to officially take me on. Drumroll, it turns out they were. Cue huge, two hour hysterical sigh of relief. I’ve been jumping around the house since about 4pm.

“I’ve now read the new draft, and you’ve done an absolutely fantastic job.[….]I’d be delighted to offer you representation at this stage.”

I’ve got an agent! Who is committing to represent me! ME!!! She’s going to take my story to publishers and try and get them to like me, THAT IS SOMETHING SHE THINKS IT IS WORTH HER WHILE DOING. I’m…..so hAPPY ARGHH.

I’ve got a few things to adjust, and I’m going to see her again next week. I just….

the happiest hamster
me, if i had popcorn. and a piano. and was a hamster?

oh, and I turn 21 on saturday? that’s happening, i guess?[This post is imported from my old Livejournal account, where I blogged from 2007-2015.]

Published by Lauren James

Lauren James was born in 1992, and has a Masters degree from the University of Nottingham, UK, where she studied Chemistry and Physics. She is the twice Carnegie-nominated British Young Adult author of The Loneliest Girl in the Universe, The Quiet at the End of the World and The Next Together series, as well as the dyslexia-friendly novella The Starlight Watchmaker and serialised online novel An Unauthorised Fan Treatise. Her upcoming release is The Reckless Afterlife of Harriet Stoker. She started writing during secondary school English classes, because she couldn’t stop thinking about a couple who kept falling in love throughout history. She sold the rights to the novel when she was 21, whilst she was still at university. Her books have sold over fifty thousand copies in the UK alone, and been translated into five languages worldwide. Her writing has been described as ‘gripping romantic sci-fi’ by the Wall Street Journal and ‘a strange, witty, compulsively unpredictable read which blows most of its new YA-suspense brethren out of the water’ by Entertainment Weekly. The Last Beginning was named one of the best LGBT-inclusive works for young adults by the Independent. Lauren is a passionate advocate of STEM further education, and all of her books feature female scientists in prominent roles. The Loneliest Girl in the Universe was inspired by a Physics calculation she was assigned at university. The Quiet at the End of the World considers the legacy and evolution of the human race into the far future. Lauren lives in the West Midlands and is an Arts Council grant recipient.  She has written articles for numerous publications, including the GuardianBuzzfeed, Den of GeekThe Toast, and the Children’s Writers and Artist’s Yearbook 2020. She teaches creative writing for Coventry University, WriteMentor, and Writing West Midlands, providing creative writing courses to children through the Spark Young Writers programme.

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