Omg I was in so much shock when they responded and it wasn't the rejection letter I was used too. You're probably wondering how did this happen right?
Remember when I went to The London Book Fair? My PR told me to go through the exhibition directory and message all the literary agents for a meeting. Whilst I was doing that, most of them had links to their sites so I figured why not submit for the thousandth time, you never know. The directory is super long so I got bored doing it and Helen (PR) kept emailing 'Have you finished it?' All I can say is thank Jesus that she did that because that's when I submitted to Raimondi and Campbell.
I got a response to read the whole of the novel. Now I've been at this position before and it usually ends there, so I sent the book in. Then another agency asked for the book so I sent to them too. I heard nothing from either of them for weeks and my Dad suggested sending a reminder email. What's funny is I only sent one to Raimondi and Campbell because I just had a better feeling about them.
I got an email from them a few days later. I opened it expecting a rejection instead I got 'we really like your book and Val (boss lady) is reading it.' I literally fell to the floor crying, thanking God. It's been 6 YEARS OF TRYING! A few days later Val asked to meet with me. I didn't know if that was a good sign or not so I googled 'I have a meeting with an agent help!' and I found lots of positive things that suggested if you have a meeting, then the agent wants you.
I was so nervous. I arrived 40 minutes early but when she came and we spoke, everything went well and I was signed.
Just like that.
And the best part is my contract with Trafford is an open contract AND I can keep selling Emily until a traditional deal comes through. This was the perfect time because I've been panicking about funding a second book and now I don't have to worry.
So check out my new writing family here http://www.raimondicampbell.com/en/literary-agency/authors/ and you can see my pic!!
Oh and I'm selling bookmarks and postcards of Emily only 50p so check out shopping on www.a-bello.com or on www.facebook.com/emilyknightiam go to shop and shop!