Wednesday, January 2, 2013

January IWSG - O.M.G. Can I Announce It Now??

Warning: An overuse of exclamation marks and all CAPS (yes, I'm screaming!) WILL be used in this post.

The Sunday after Thanksgiving, I got the email I thought would never come. Yup, the email asking, when's a good time to call. The next day, I answered the phone with shaky hands. An offer was made. After a few days, I said yes (ARE YOU KIDDING? OF COURSE I SAID YES!), and an agreement was signed. I was all, like, OMG, when can I announce it to the world? 

Walking on Sunshine on your tippy-toes with your mouth duct-taped is not easy. I felt like a five-year-old waiting to open the best present EVER.

Wait for it...Ready?

I'm CRAZY-HAPPY to announce, I'm now represented by the lovely Ms. Kathleen Rushall from Marsal Lyon Literary Agency!!! OH. MY. GOSH. I'M REP'D! I can't think of a better way to begin the New Year!

Okay, no more shouting, but seriously...

*IWSG members out there, if you're still waiting, don't give up. Keep believing in yourself. Your story. Your novel. Your poetry. Your illustrations. 

Remember there's an ebb and flow to this writing thing. This world is yours. It's what you make of it. I'll leave you with the words from musician Andy Grammer. The art in this song's video is amazing.(Sorry for the text issues. Guess the blog didn't like my copy and paste. Oh well, you get the gist.)

  The World is Yours...
This is the song that you throw on
When life is feeling rather long
And you're longing for confidence to make it

And these are the words that make you feel
That all your dreams aren't dreams
But real events that simply haven't taken place yet

But if you stare high
The sky will come right down and kiss you
If you keep your head towards the stars
They will assist you

The world is yours
The world is yours

This is the time of night
When all the streetlights rub their waking eyes
The day and night find compromise in dark blue

This is the magic in the air
That whispers, "You are almost there"
The worries, cares, and daydreamers will leave soon

But if you stare high
The sky will come right down and kiss you
If you keep your head towards the stars
They will assist you

The world is yours
The world is yours

Well, this is the song that you throw on
When life is feeling rather long
And you're longing for confidence to make it

And these are the words that make you feel
That all your dreams aren't dreams
But real events that simply haven't taken place yet

But if you stare high
The sky will come right down and kiss you
But if you keep your head towards the stars
They will assist you

The world is yours
The world is yours
What are you waiting for?

The world is yours 
*If you'd like to find out more about the Insecure Writers Support Group, please click on the link above. Alex Cavanaugh hosts the incredibly supportive group. I know I wouldn't be where I am today without the support of this wonderful blogging community. Y'all rock! Happy New Year!






59 comments:

  1. Congratulations, Candilynn! That is an awesome way to start the year.

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  2. Yay! Congrats Candilynn! That's awesome news. I know 2013 will be great for you.

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  3. Congratulations!! These are my favorite kinds of posts. :)

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  4. Congrats! Candilynn this is so exciting! What a great way to atart 2013!!!!!

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  5. Awesome news!

    Thank you for sharing -- IWSG is about the good news too, especially for those of us not there yet.

    Congratulations -- 2013 will be your year!

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  6. WOOT WOOT! A huge congratulations to you. What a fantastic way to start the new year and an amazing encouragement to all of us on this path. Can't wait to read about the progression of success.

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  7. Congrats! And it is a great way to start the year. I am so happy for you. May your agent place your books faster than you could beleive possible. :-) Roland

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  8. Congratulations, Candilynn. So happy for you. You're right, super way to start off the new year.

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  9. Major congratulations! I love hearing news like this!

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  10. @Alex, Miranda, Rachel, Dani, Yolanda, Julie, Roland, and Elisabeth, thank you all so much!! I'm totally psyched about this new chapter in my writing career!

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  11. CONGRATU-FREAKING-LATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! If you can't tell, I am so super happy for you :D Can't wait to get in line for a signature!!!

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  12. Saw this on your Facebook status, but I suppose I'll say it again: CONGRATULATIONS, CANDILYNN! Yay! Good luck on your literary endeavors! :)

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  13. Congratulations! I love hearing stories like this. It's what kept me going. I think it's important for writers to know that while its an uphill battle, there are little breaks along the way that help you keep the faith that it WILL happen if you just don't quit. Next break for you, a book deal! Congrats again!

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  14. Yay!! Such an exciting time for you =D Congratulations!!

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  15. Congratulations! So happy for you! :)

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  16. @ JRo, thanks!!
    @ Randi, aw, you make me smile. :)
    @ Kyra, thank you!
    @ Livia, thank you for stopping by here as well!
    @ Nancy, well said & thank you!!
    @ Ruth, yeah, I never thought it would happen!
    @ Lara, thank you so much. :)

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  17. Congratulations, Candilynn. I'm surprised you were able to hold out this long. I wouldn't have been able to keep my mouth shut for more than five minutes.

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  18. Candilynn, that is absolutely fantastic news. I wouldn't have been able to keep as quiet as you. It certainly is an awesome way to start the year. Congrats!

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  19. Awesome Candi; I am so pleased for you. I'll do a happy dance in your honor.

    .......dhole

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  20. There's magic in the air for sure Candilynn, and a lot of hard work too! Congratulations!

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  21. HOW AWESOME!!!!!! SO HAPPY for you Candilynn!!!!

    ALL THE BEST and kEEP the light shining in 2013!!!!!!!!!


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  22. Congrats, that is awesome news and it was a great treat for the rest of us to gather some inspiration from you in this month's round of IWSG! Thanks for sharing & hope 2013 keeps going great for you!

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  23. Congratulations! She seems like an awesome agent, from all the interviews I've read with her.

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  24. Woohoo!!!!! *jumps up and does tippy-toes dance*

    What a Christmas present! :D
    Congratulations!!!!!!!!!

    IWSG #137 until Alex culls the list again.

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  25. This is SO exciting! Thank you for sharing and many, many congratulations.

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  26. @Gail, thanks!
    @Jennifer & MPax, I know, right? It wasn't easy to hold in!
    @Donna, happy dancing, I like it!
    @Denise, magic does exist!
    @Michael, thank you so much!
    @T, IWSG is about all the great news, too!
    @Carrie-Anne, reading a few of those interviews is why I picked her to query. Yeah, she's pretty awesome!
    @Melissa, I'd like to see that. Tippy-toes dancing. :)
    @Mmshaunakelley, thanks!
    @Catherine, thanks, my friend!

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  27. That is AWESOME!!! news, Candilynn! (Just wanted to show that I approve AND support your use of caps and !!! lol)

    Unbelievably happy for you, and wishing all the success in the world,

    EJ

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  28. Wow! That's Awesome news!!! Congratulations!!! Wishing you great success!!! Happy Writing in 2013!!!

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  29. Ohhh Candilynn! You are so deserving of this! Congratulations and cheers to an inspired 2013 :)

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  30. My first visit here, and I get to join in a celebration! Well done, you! When it comes to agents, exclamations and caps are not only allowed, they're expected.

    Congratulations, Candilynn! Wishing you endless success in 2013 and beyond!!!

    ~VR Barkowski

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  31. That is so awesome, Candilynn! 2013 is already off to a great start! When's the next book coming out?

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  32. Congratulations! I bet that has to be an AMAZING feeling! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today, just returning the favor and am happy to 'meet' you!

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  33. Candilynn, I'm so tickled with joy for you! YAY!!!! I'm so glad that you've taken the step and and now it's time for the next move. You can make it happen.

    I believe in you :-)

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  34. Congrats! What a fantastic kick off to the year! Must have been tough keeping that quiet. Here's to a brilliant 2013!

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  35. you deserve the world!! congratulations!
    (and i can fix up that header to add your title & shorten it up if you like)

    way to kick off 2013! woot!

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  36. Major congrats on the agent!!! That is awesome. What a great way to start 2013.

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  37. That's the dream! Congrats, Candy! That is such a great accomplishment. Did you think you'd be here a year ago? Now, can you imagine a year from now? It's going to be a great year. :)

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  38. Thanks, Tyrean, Juliana, VR, Gwen, Candace, Angela, Nick, Tara, Ciara!!!
    @Mike, no, I never thought I'd be here a year ago, but I'm so very glad I am. :)

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  39. Congrats!!!! @>------ woo, hoo!
    I could always see you shaking and so excited!
    I am happy for you!
    What a great way to start off the New Year!
    You are going to rock :D

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  40. Congratulations!! Definitely a good holiday present and what a way to start off the new year!

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  41. Congrats Candy!!! Is this for a children's book? You do other writing too right? This is SO fantastic!! What a great way to end/kick off the year!

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  42. Yay! Congratulations! That's awesome news. What a wonderful start to the new year! :)

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  43. Awesome! Hard work and persistence pays off. Huge congratulations, Candilynn!

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  44. @Michael, Ella, and Cherie, thanks!!
    @Kelley, yes, I queried her with a pb, but she reps up to YA and some adult as well. Thank you!
    @Christine & J.W., y'all are sweet. Thanks!

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  45. Oh wow congrats! I'm so happy for you. :-D

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  47. Congratulations, Candilynn! Best of luck to you on your submissions!

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  48. Candy, this is fantastic news. Congratulations and kudos to the start of a stellar year.
    Andy

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  49. I am smiling from ear to ear for you girl!!!! Kathleen is such an unbelievably amazing agent!!!! WOOT!!!!

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