You know what I love? I love it when you spend $350 and two hours getting new tires on the car, only to discover the next morning that one of the tires is completely flat.
Love it! So fun!
In the category of things I actually love and don't want to yell at someone on the phone for, just wait until you see what Natalie is up to. I'll let you know when it's finished, but rest assured--it is AWESOME, and she is so insanely awesome it blows my mind.
Which brings me to my thank you list. Because as I've said before, if you are trying to get an agent, you should recruit help.
Hot Stuff, for suffering through a month of having a wife completely obsessed with imaginary characters. Poor thing.
The MoMos, Natalie and Renee, of course, for being my writer group. Natalie especially for chatting with me every single day, listening to me whine, and never slapping me across the face. That may have had something to do with the fact that we're in different states though. Plus these girls gave me GREAT advice on how to make Flash better.
And then there were my other victims--er--early readers. Ashley (who was so enthusiastic she actually read it twice, just for fun), Lindsey, Matt, Erin (who very kindly told me that my original ending made no sense--and was right), all of those other people I'm going to forget and then feel bad about, and especially Lauren. Lauren was my test audience--teenage girl--and her very regular email responses of, "I'M FREAKING OUT! I JUST SCREAMED AND THEN PEED MY PANTS!" and "SEND ME THE NEXT CHAPTER NOW OR I'LL KILL YOU!" were always encouraging and helpful as I was writing Flash.
Of course I can't leave out my wonderful online cheerleaders who regularly checked during June to see just how many thousand words I had written that day. Whirl, my wonderfully insane British friend, WW, Freddie, and all of the other people I'm forgetting who are going to feel bad. (Awesome! I'm going to write a thank-you post that will make people mad! That takes talent, right?)
And then there's you. Yes, YOU. Whether you're brand new or you've been lurking for a while, I'm thankful for you. (Especially if you wrote one of those awesome congratulatory posts on your blog.) (Also, Cindy gets a special shout out thanks to her magical querying dust, which I suggest you request ASAP. Now I'm going to see if she has any magical three book deal dust around.) Trying to find an agent is long and lonely and incredibly frustrating. You all provided loads of validation and humor, both of which were indispensible on this journey.
And which will continue to be so, given that now that I have an agent, the real stress begins.