CJ Redwine is one smart cookie. I remember when her very first novel was making the agent rounds. I read it. So did two good friends of mine. Two of us knew it was perfect for the third. And it was.
I've always had a bit of a softspot in my heart for CJ. I loved her book. I watched from across the bar as time marched on and the book didn't sell.
And then, she got a deal. She was over the moon. Her incredibly talented marvelous agent Holly Root was over the moon. And the two of us who'd kept an eye on CJ: yup, we were over the moon too. Naturally we celebrated with drinks.
CJ has some cogent insight into this process here on her blog. If you're in her shoes--an author with an agent and an unsold book--what CJ says here will give you some valuable perspective.
Plus how could you not want to read a blog post that has this picture on it