So, some of you asked me how the whole agent thing went down, and since I find it interesting to read other writer's experiences, I thought it would be fun to share mine.
After learning there was a new agent at FinePrint, and her specialty was sci-fi/fantasy/paranormal, I sent off an email query. The next day, via email, Colleen Lindsay requested the full manuscript. Of course, I had to read my entire ms once again, which had become something of a nervous ritual each time I'd receive a request from someone. Basically, it was my way of reassuring myself that it didn't totally suck, which, oddly enough, never really worked. (That ole writer's insecurity thing.) I sent Colleen the full ms, and three days later she emailed me wanting to talk possible representation.
During this time, I did additional research on FinePrint, and found them to be a qualified and successful agency. My two cents here: as writers, we have to be in-the-know when it comes to our career, and signing with an agency is a big part of the process. Make sure to do your homework before you even query, and, for some reason, if you find the agent offering representation is not on the up-and-up, don't be afraid to say no. Everything inside of you may be screaming yes, this is your dream after all, but you run the risk of losing time and/or money.
And, if you find an agency is legit, but you have a few questions or concerns, just ask them. This is your career; you need to know what you're getting into. The ones who don't mind answering questions and understanding what an important decision this is for you, are the keepers.
More later -- got a sudden and very serious diaper situation to deal with . . .