This is the “I got an agent” blog

This is the “I got an agent” blog! It is and it isn’t.

Yes, I now have an agent and I’m completely thrilled!

Now, I’ll tell you what this blog post isn’t. This blog isn’t the typical ‘stats’ type blog you often read from people who tell you about their querying adventure. You know those blog posts. You may have read dozens of them. You may have written one. They seem pretty standardized. They tell you about how the writer went through their querying process, how many queries they sent out, how that initial offer came in and counter offers and finally that perfect decision!

Look. Writing is hard. Querying is harder. So guess what? When you get an agent the hard work will not magically end. For some of us (most of us) the hard work is just beginning – edits, rewriting and more writing.

Here is what I want to say – I want to say thank you.

You know who you are.

You who have followed my horror writing career since it began, which is around the time I started my Master of Fine Arts at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Thank you to those of you who read my work during those times and helped me through my process.

Thank you to those of you that followed me when I started Burial Day Books (which will be resurrected in 2019). Thank you to those of you who read and bought LOTERIA, SANTA MUERTE, THE MISSING and POEMS OF MY NIGHT.

Thank you to those of you who came out to visit me at readings, at book fairs and comic cons to say hello and to tell me to keep pushing because you believed in me and my work.

Thank you to those of you who followed me and follow me on social media, and who chatted with me during my late night delirium writing sessions.

Thank you to those of you who could tell I was at home crying and desperate because I was so frustrated and felt like a failure. You text me, and you called me, and you sent me books, and you told me to keep pushing forward because you believed in me.

I know I can go on, but you know who you are, and I thank you.

I thank you all and I promise you I will work my ass off. I will lose sleep. I will skip functions. I will not binge watch Netflix (maybe a little?). I will swear to you that I will write until the story is perfect, and then write some more. I will tell good stories that you will want to read and I will make you proud of me, because you gave me a gift that I just have to repay – you believed in me.

And now, thank you tremendously to Metamorphosis Literary Agency for believing in me! Thank you to my agent Amy Brewer and Patty Carothers. I promise you I will work so hard for you.

The work isn’t over. The work is just beginning. Send me good thoughts friends. I need them.