I couldn’t be more thrilled to announce an agent match success from the crazy fun Pitch Madness contest we had in March. K.T. Hanna
has signed with Judith Engracia of Liza Dawson Associates
K.T. agreed to let me interview her to get all the deets about her journey to agented over virtual cookies. So welcome K.T.!
B says: So let’s get this party started. What made you decide to enter Pitch Madness, and how did you feel during the contest?
My crit partners pointed it out to me and I really liked the concept behind it. I was about to start in on my final draft and sped up my timeline a bit so I’d be 100% happy with the final draft by the reveal day on March 14th. I had it finished in plenty of time.
I was nervous as hell. First up, I didn’t think I’d make the agent round and was shocked when I did. When the bids were revealed I think people in Europe may have heard me squee.
B says: I know I heard it. Which blog were you on and what was the title of your entry? How many requests did you get?
I was on Cassandra Marshall’s
blog. Entry 11 – which somehow posted in front of all the others – The Domino Project: Chameleon. I received 3 bids on my entry.
B says: So you sent in your request. Was it a partial or a full? How long was it before Judith Engracia contacted?
Due to a slight mix up about two of my bids, (B interjects: That was so not my fault *crosses fingers behind her back*. Just saying) I ended up sending out two fulls.
Judith responded immediately and was very enthusiastic from the start. She kept me informed as to her reading schedule, how much she liked it, and where she was in the process.To be honest I was expecting an R&R…but we all know about that writer’s paranoia, don’t we?
B says: Okay, this is my favorite part *sits at the edge of her seat*. Tell us about THE Call.
Judith had emailed me on the Wednesday asking if she could get back with me on the Friday. And on the Friday I got an email asking if it was okay to call.
I was so nervous. One of my crit partners was here to lend moral support, but Judith was super nice and immediately offered me rep. Feel free to insert a major fit squeeing. I’m not really one to hold back how I’m feeling.
She then went over the few edits she was thinking of for the book. Didn’t want anything changed, just a few things expanded and a few scene insertions.
It was an amazing phone call. She answered all of my questions and had/has this amazing passion for my story and characters. It’s an amazing feeling when someone just GETS your book.
I did have to give a couple of other agents seven days notice. It was a nail biting, mad internet researching seven days.
B says: Can you tell us a little about your book?
Sixteen year old Sai’s search for atonement after her destructive psionic awakening leads her into the heart of Mid-America’s privatized government and the dirty secrets they kill to keep buried.
B says: Love it! How long had you been querying before you got your agent?
Um… 27 days before the offer. A total of 10 queries, three of which were requests.
B says: Holy guacamole, that was fast. Okay, let’s have some fun. Coffee or Tea?
B says: Yay! A fellow coffee drinker. Potato chips or chocolate?
This is a trick question – give me chocolate covered potato chips!!! HAHAHA Yes, they do exist and I LOVE them.
B says: Oh man, sounds delish. I must get me some, like now. Be right back. *jumps into the car, drives to the store, hurries back, crunching noise in the background*. “Since you started the cookie game on Twitter during Pitch Madness,” B says around a mouthful of chocolate covered potato chips, “what’s your favorite cookie?
White Chocolate Macadamia Nut 😀 NOM NOM
B says: Mine is Oatmeal and Raisin, in case you were wondering. Anywho, which holiday would you prefer: camping out in the wilderness or shopping in a quaint town?
Oooo that’s difficult. I love Estes Park in Colorado which sort of gives both. But if I had to choose, I’d probably choose the shopping in a quaint town.
While writing, quiet or noise?
The quieter, the better.
Where do you write?
If it’s a draft, I can sit anywhere and hammer it out. But if it’s edits, it’s either the dining room or my study. Anywhere I can spread out and attack my MS.
B says: And the big question, are you an outline or panster type?
I used to be a pantser, but it didn’t work for me. So, now I’m a plotter/outliner. I do a detailed outline and hammer out my first drafts. Works so much better for me now.
B says: I used to be a panster. It’s so much easier to use an outline. Who knew? Before I untie you from the chair, do you have any advice for those seeking representation? Anything you wished you’d done differently?
Take your time and make sure your query and pitch are exactly what you want. Don’t rush it. Be prepared to listen to criticism, and don’t let your writer’s ego get in the way of what could potentially make your book amazing. However, always keep the original goal for your story in mind and make sure you balance advice accordingly.
Differently? I felt a little rushed and overwhelmed. I wasn’t going to query until April/May originally. And only started when a pitch contest I entered on March 1st yielded a request from an agent who wasn’t even involved.
While I’m ecstatic that I found who I consider the perfect agent so fast – I feel like I rushed myself just a little.
B says: That’s great advice. Inquiring minds want to know, If you were participating in The Writer’s Voice, which coach would you vet?
Well, I know you best, so I’d probably pick you. Plus! There’s the mutual cookie love –how could I NOT?
Thank you so much for having me – I’m still pinching myself as I dive into my edits. Pitch Madness was a fantastic experience for me.
B says: And there you have it. No matter how scary it is, put yourself out there. I couldn’t be more happy for K.T. and I hope to have more successes rolling in. If you have a success story from one of my contests, please let me know and I’ll
torture interview you here on the blog.
Don’t forget The Writer’s Voice begins May 3. You know you want me as your coach! Leave some congratulatory love in the comments for K.T. Hanna and you’ll win brownie points (shhh… don’t tell Krista Van Dolzer aka Mastermind of The Writer’s Voice *wink wink*).