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… 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 is the twice Carnegie-nominated British author of many Young Adult novels, including Green Rising, The Reckless Afterlife of Harriet Stoker and The Loneliest Girl in the Universe. She is a RLF Royal Fellow, freelance editor and screenwriter. Lauren is the founder of the Climate Fiction Writers League, and on the board of the Authors & Illustrators Sustainability Working Group through the Society of Authors. Her books have sold over a hundred thousand copies worldwide and been translated into six languages. The Quiet at the End of the World was shortlisted for the YA Book Prize and STEAM Children’s Book Award. Her other novels include The Next Together series, the dyslexia-friendly novella series The Watchmaker and the Duke and serialised online novel An Unauthorised Fan Treatise. She was born in 1992, and has a Masters degree from the University of Nottingham, where she studied Chemistry and Physics. Lauren is a passionate advocate of STEM further education, and many of her books feature female scientists in prominent roles. She sold the rights to her first novel when she was 21, whilst she was still at university. 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. Lauren lives in the West Midlands and is an Arts Council grant recipient. She has written articles for numerous publications, including the Guardian, Buzzfeed, Den of Geek, The Toast, and the Children’s Writers and Artist’s Yearbook 2022. She has taught creative writing for Coventry University, WriteMentor, and Writing West Midlands.

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