My road to THE CALL was nine years long…
After I finished graduate school, I was finally ready to find an agent, and I found one quickly. It was not a good experience. I was a little too naïve, a little too trusting, a little timid to fight for what I deserved. After some time, I gathered the nerve to leave that agent. It was one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever made, and I was certain my writing career was over.
After some tears, excessive amounts of ice cream, and a whopper of a pity party, I started over.
However, I decided to submit my first cozy mystery to small presses on my own. The first publisher, I sent it to was Five Star Publishing. Within a few short months, Five Star rejected me, and I took it as a sign to let the book go. I saved the manuscript on my computer and moved on to a new book, hoping I could sell my first manuscript after I published something else. Almost exactly one year later, I received an email out of the blue from a new acquisitions editor at Five Star. She said she found my manuscript and wondered if it was still available. I said it was, and a month or so later, she bought it. It was my first literary miracle.
After I sold my debut, Maid of Murder, I knew if I wanted to turn writing into a lasting career, I needed an agent, a good one. My friend Vannetta Chapman said that she would refer to her literary agent, Mary Sue Seymour, but I wasn’t ready. My father had just been diagnosed with cancer. I couldn’t deal with being out on query while my world was falling apart. Six months after he was diagnosed my father passed away. Maid of Murder was still a year from publication, but my dad knew that it had sold. He knew that my dream would come true. Before he died, he told me, “You can do anything.” For a girl, who achieved hoping for her father’s approval and started making up stories to make him laugh, that’s what I needed to hear.
In the summer of 2010, Maid of Murder released and was a small press hit. It earned several big time reviews and went into three consecutive printings within a four month period. Five Star was so pleased, they bought the sequel Murder in a Basket only a few weeks after Maid of Murder’s release.
At that point I knew I had hit the ceiling of what I could do on my own. I needed a literary agent, but I promised myself this time I would be picky. I started writing a new series to submit.
In the meantime, Nicole Resciniti joined Seymour as an agent.
Read the next installment on Wednesday, Jan 9th! Each day has a new book to win!
Leave a comment on today’s post to enter a drawing to win a signed copy of Maid of Murder, the novel that started it all. The winner will be randomly selected from those who entered. Contest ends Tuesday, January 15th , 2013 at 5pm (EST). Winners will be announced here on my blog on Wednesday, January 16th, 2013.
Amanda’s Newest Book: A Plain Scandal, forthcoming Feb. 2013–Now Available for preorder
52 thoughts on “Seymour Agency “THE CALL” Blog Hop- Before the Call”
I’d like to read the book that started it all! I don’t know how you do it when you describe your deadlines!
Lots and lots of coffee and prayer. 😉
Would love a chance to win this and to read it!! Looks delicious!
This sounds like a great book. I’d love to win it
Such an amazing story! Can’t wait to read the next installment. I love your writing!!
Thank you, Valerie!
I don’t think I had heard all of these details before. Fascinating story.
What an interesting story, cannot wait to read rest of it.
Sounds like a book I would really enjoy. Would love to win a copy.
Amanda! Great story and I’m excited to hear the rest. Continues good luck! Daniel
Thank you, Daniel!
I would love a chance to win. It would be fun to add a new author to my collection.
Amanda, this story brought tears to my eyes. Wow! What a journey you’ve had. Your dad would be proud. I’m so happy to know you!
Thank you, Tonya! It’s been a wild ride, but God knew where I needed to be. 🙂
Fun to read yours story, Amanda!
oops – that would be *your
Excited about this book!
I’m so glad you didn’t give up after your first bad experience. Please enter me to win the book that started it all.
Thank you, Sue!
I have to say your story of getting published is definitely inspiring, I am so glad you were able to recognize the signs of a bad agent, but even more so that you were able to stick it out with a small press.
Thank you so much!
Kick ass! It was a long time coming, but you’ve earned it and then some! I’m proud to be your agency sister. 🙂
So glad we are agency sisters too! You will have much success with Risa at your side.
What an inspiring story on why you shouldn’t give up. Thanks.
How exciting Amanda. I would love to win a copy of your book! Hope you keep writing many more. Sounds like writers have a really busy life. Maxie
So glad you didn’t give up! I’ll look forward to reading the rest of your story. 🙂
Amanda, I loved reading your story regarding how you got started in your writing career. It’s always amazing to hear how a big-name author got started in the business. I must tell you your books are fabulous. Keep up the wonderful work!
That’s so sweet. Thank you, Nancee!
So glad you persevered!
Would love to win this book.Thanks
So inspiring, Amanda. Your dad must have been so proud to know you’d got there before he left you.
Your dad would be so proud of all you’ve accomplished. Bravo!
This book sounds as good as the other I have read!! Would love to win it.
Glad you was able to get approval from your dad!
Kudos to you and your gumption! Have read both of the India Hayes books and would love to see more of her. Poignant and funny at the same time.To tweak a phrase made popular by my generation I say “write on!”
Thank you so much, Mary Jo!
what an awesome giveaway!! thank you!!!!!
You are so amazing, and I’m so grateful to Nicole for bringing us together. 😀 I love this call story, and I know you didn’t mean to make me cry. Or maybe you did. I can’t wait to meet you!
I can’t wait to meet you either! It’s going to be awesome!
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Loved reading about your call! Great blog, too.
Just finished PLAIN DEATH – looking forward to PLAIN SCANDAL — would love to read your other ones soon . . . when is PLAIN MALICE due?
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Would love to win this book. Thanks for the opportunity.
You are a wonderful writer. Would love to win your book.