Happy Dance (with Giveaway)

I recently signed with agent Lara Perkins of Andrea Brown Literary Agency! Woo hoo! Getting an agent is a four-year dream-in-the-making, and I feel grateful to have partnered with such a wonderful manager for my career. If anyone wants to know how fabulous and talented Lara is (and she is fabulous), just check out her bio on the Andrea Brown site.


This turn of events brings some good news for my writer pals as well. You all have served as my inspirations, cheerleaders, and sounding boards for the past four years (kidlit writers are the best!). Thinking my agent search would take quite some time, I signed up for the “Picture Book and Easy Reader Manuscript Critiques” workshop with agent Sean McCarthy through InkedVoices. Now that I’m getting feedback from my own agent, I asked InkedVoices founder Brooke McIntyre if I could raffle off my spot. She graciously agreed, because Brooke is awesome like that too!

The critique session is wholly online, includes a Webinar with Sean, and starts May 3rd. Because I am not savvy enough to use Rafflecopter, if you would like to enter the raffle for the workshop, please just say so in the comments below. My children will be pressed into service and will draw the winner out of a hat. The deadline to enter is Friday, April 15th, so I can notify the winner and connect him or her with Brooke.

Good luck, and please help me spread the word.

128 thoughts on “Happy Dance (with Giveaway)”

  1. I’d love to be entered! I have only recently started using Inked Voices with my MG/YA group from SCBWI. I saw that Webinar, but it was not in the budget right now. I’ve been in 12×12 this year and I’m loving picture books!

    Congratulations! I commented on FB that I’m hoping my fourth year of writing and studying intensely will be my year of comfort with submissions. I wish you the best of all things as you move forward with the process!



  2. Congratulations, Kirsten! I’m so happy for you. And what a generous thing to give your spot in the workshop away–it sounds like a great opportunity and thanks for the chance to enter the raffle!

  3. HUGE Congrats, Kirsten! And what a generous offer for the critique webinar. Count me in for the raffle!

  4. Congrats! And thanks for paying it forward. That’s what I love about the kidlit community. Such generous spirits! Thank you for including me in your raffle.

  5. Kirsten, I’m very happy for you! Lara and her agency rock. I would love a workshop with agent Sean McCarthy. Thanks for giving this opportunity to a lucky writer.

  6. That is so amazing! Congrats on your agent signing and thank you for this generous offer. Count me in!

  7. That’s awesome!! Good for you and how lovely of you to pay it forward to help a fellow writer 🙂 Wishing you tons of luck on this next step to being published!!!!
    Kristen Foote

  8. Congratulations, Kirsten! Good news all around 🙂 Thank you for offering this great opportunity, I’d love to be entered.

  9. Congrats! Wonderful news. What a kind and thoughtful person you are to share your good fortune. I’d love to join the raffle. Thanks a bunch:)!

  10. Congratulations on finding your agent match! Such happy and exciting times!

    Thank you for being so incredibly generous! Whoever wins will be in for a real treat! I hope it’s me!

  11. Congrats on your great news and your graciousness to share the wealth. 🙂 I’d love to be included in the raffle drawing.

  12. Congratulations, and I love your generous spirit. Count me in for the raffle. Thank you!

  13. First, congratulations on your representation with ABLA! Secondly, heck yeah I want to win your critique with Sean McCarthy! This is so generous of you to pass your good fortune along to others. I’ll be following your career news (win or lose) with great joy for you!

  14. Kirsten, Congratulations on your wonderful news. And thanks for your generosity in sharing your spot with a lucky person. It’s awesome that you’re taking your good news and paying it forward. 😀

  15. Congratulations on signing with agent Lara Perkins of Andrea Brown Literary Agency. I hear she is a wonderful agent. Please enter me in your giveaway. Best of luck!

  16. Congratulations Kristen!! I’m so happy for you. Whoever gets that spot is in for a treat. I did that workshop in November.

  17. Congratulations, Kristen! 🎉So happy for you! Thank you for passing on your opportunity. I’d love to be entered to win!

  18. Kirsten, I am doing the Happy Dance for you too! What a fantastic reward after so many years of work. I wish you lots of success (and lots of books!). Please could I be entered into the draw to help me to get to where you are now 🙂

  19. Congratulations on signing with Lara, Kirsten. Such fantastic news! And it is so sweet and generous of you to raffle off the workshop. I would love to be included in the drawing. Thanks!

  20. Congratulations, Kristen. May this be a wonderful partnership and journey for you. Thank you for being so generous. I would love to be included in the drawing.

  21. A great news and with a cherry on the top for everyone else too 🙂 congratulations first! And yesss… I would love to enter. Here is one more name for the kids in service to labor over 🙂
    Thanks so much! Rupali Mulge

  22. Congrats!!! I’m excited for you.
    Thanks for generously offering this drawing. Would love to be included.

  23. Congratulations, Kristen. You’re making a sweet and generous offer to us-I would love to be included and win!!! (of course the win part!!)

  24. Congratulations Kirsten on your signing. What an exciting time for you…and what an inredible and generous offer! I have finished a early MG ms and this opportunitynwould beva dream come true.

  25. Congrats! That’s wonderful for you. So nice if you to think of others. I’d love to be in the running. Thank you.

  26. Congratulations on your new agented status with Lara Perkins! And thank you for your generosity in passing on your workshop space – a wonderful opportunity, and I throw my hat in with the rest. Best wishes.

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