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)”
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!
You’ll get there Sherry. You are definitely on the right track since you are studying your craft. Good luck!
Congrats, Kirsten! That’s fantastic news! And thank you for offering such a generous giveaway. Count me in for the raffle.
You’re in Gabi. And thanks.
Congratulations! I am very happy for you. 🙂
Thanks Zainab! Maybe we’ll see each other at SCBWI LA this year?
I hope to come to the LA conference. I’m still planning it out.
Let me know. I’d love to see all the 12xers.
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!
Sean’s a great agent, and I’m sure it will be a wonderful session. Good luck.
HUGE Congrats, Kirsten! And what a generous offer for the critique webinar. Count me in for the raffle!
Good luck Debra. And thank you.
Congrats! And I’d love to be entered.
You’re in Johnell! Thanks for stopping by.
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.
Well, I really feel I wouldn’t be here without the help and support of so many. It’s the least I can do.
Thanks so much for this fabulous giveaway — you are so very kind! Good luck to the winner and to you. May success be with you both!
Thanks Lynne! I’m sure Sean will have excellent feedback.
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.
Then count yourself entered ManjuBeth. Good luck to you.
That is so amazing! Congrats on your agent signing and thank you for this generous offer. Count me in!
You got it, Kirsten. And good luck! Thanks for stopping by.
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!!!!
Oh, the road is about to get really tough! But I’m enjoying the moment. And yes, you’re in the giveaway. Good luck.
(Oh and I’d love to be entered as well – lol!! So many thanks!!)
Congratulations, Kirsten! Good news all around 🙂 Thank you for offering this great opportunity, I’d love to be entered.
You’ve got it. Thanks for stopping by!
Still gushing on your behalf! Awesome giveaway, Kirsten!
Well, as you know, your help is a GIANT reason I’m here. Best…crit…partners…ever!
AWESOME is everything!
Congratulations! Would love to be a part of this workshop good luck with everything
You’re in. Thanks for stopping by!
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:)!
You got it, Deb. Good luck to you.
Congratulations! Please enter me in the raffle. Thanks for your generosity!
You’re in Meghan. We’ll see what the kids pull out of the hat. Good luck to you.
Congratulations, Kirsten! I’m so happy for you! Thanks for the awesome giveaway! 🙂
Thanks A.J.! All the best to you. I was just going through my pacing class notes a few weeks ago. Great session.
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!
Crossing fingers for you, Casssandra. 😉
Congrats! I’d love to be entered in the draw.
You got it Marla. Good luck!
Congrats!! Such awesome news :-)!! Would love to enter the draw! Thank you!!
You’re in, Devon. Thanks for stopping by.
Congrats on your great news and your graciousness to share the wealth. 🙂 I’d love to be included in the raffle drawing.
Thanks Katy. Consider yourself entered.
Congrats on signing with such a great agency! I’d love to be entered.
You are in Myrna. Thanks for your best wishes and best of luck.
Congratulations Kirsten and thank you for sharing this opportunity! I’ve been eyeing this workshop.
Oh yay! Sean was the first agent ever to encourage me. I’m sure it will be great.
I would love to enter! Congrats and much success to you!
Thanks Anna. Good luck to you too!
Congratulations! This is wonderful news, Kirsten.
Please enter me into the raffle. Thanks,
You’re in Traci. Best of luck.
Congratulations! I would love to be entered into the raffle. Thank you for the opportunity! Best – Jennifer Reinharz
You’re in Jennifer. Good luck to you.
Congratulations, and I love your generous spirit. Count me in for the raffle. Thank you!
You got it, Lindsay! All the best.
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!
You are a sweetheart, Juliana, and I appreciate all you do for us Kidlit writers with the Debut Picture Book Group.
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. 😀
Thanks for letting me do it, Brooke! I would love for someone to be able to make use of Sean’s expertise.
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!
You’ve got it Joyce. Thanks for stopping by.
Great news!!! Congratulations. So happy for you. Can I enter? I don’t know what it’s for but I want to win! 😉
If you win, you have to write a book. 😉
Congratulations! I’d like to enter.
Of course, Natasha! Do you know how many of your books we own? Truly honored.
Congratulations on this exciting step forward! And thank you for your incredible generosity. I would love to be entered in the drawing. All the best to you!
You are in. Good luck to you!
Wahoo! Congratulations to you! I’d love to be entered into the raffle!
You got it, Lauren. Best of luck.
Congratulations, Kirsten! And thank you for paying it forward. I’m feeling lucky!
Crossing fingers for you Patricia!
Congratulations! Thank you for being so generous. Please enter my name for the raffle, too.
You got it, Lisa. Best of luck.
Woohooo! Congrats! All that hard work is working!!
Congratulations and that is a generous offer. I’d love a chance to go in the draw for the webinar
Consider yourself entered, Rebecca. Best of luck to you!
Congratulations Kristen!! I’m so happy for you. Whoever gets that spot is in for a treat. I did that workshop in November.
Thanks Darshana. I had heard good things as well. Crossing my fingers the winner will get a lot out of it.
Congratulations, Kirsten! I’m so happy for you 🙂
Thanks, Tina! Are you interested in Sean’s session? If so, I’ll enter you.
Congratulations, Kristen! 🎉So happy for you! Thank you for passing on your opportunity. I’d love to be entered to win!
You are in the running, Sharon. Thanks for stopping by for the party.
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 🙂
Ha, ha. You are so sweet, Catherine. Crossing my fingers for you. 😉
Wow! Congratulations, Kirsten. Thank you.
Thanks, Freda! Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing in the fun.
I am so excited for you. What the heck….toss my name in!
Since I know you write in both genres, I was hoping you’d enter. Looking forward to celebrating in person.
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!
Thanks, Alayne. I still have your critique on an earlier PB in my file, so you are a part of this journey. It became a wacky chapter book.
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.
Thanks for stopping by, Amanda. You’re in!
Congratulations on signing with Lara! What a wonderful prize you are offering. Thank you.
Thank you so much, Darlene. Good luck on your journey.
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
My kids will be so appreciative. Ha!
Congrats!!! I’m excited for you.
Thanks for generously offering this drawing. Would love to be included.
You got it Liz. Thanks for stopping by.
Congratulations Kirsten and thanks for running a giveaway, all the best!
Thanks Claire. Crossing fingers for you.
So happy for you, Kirsten! Congratulations!
Thanks Catherine! Remember those early 12×12 days? They seem like so long ago!
Yes they do!
Congratulations on getting an agent, Kirsten. You deserve that happy dance! And thank you for sharing the opportunity, so I’d like to put my name in the hat.
You got it Santiago. Best of luck to you!
Huge congratulations! I would love to be entered also. What a generous giveaway. Thank you so much.
Thanks Shari. I’m just paying it forward. Your site helped me so much.
Congratulations, Kirsten! Enjoy and celebrate!! 🙂
Thanks so much Sara! I’ve been celebrating for a week. Now it’s time to get to work.
Congratulations, Kirsten! I am so happy for you! I would love to be included in the drawing. Thanks for offering such a wonderful opportunity to other writers.
You’ve got it Sue. I’m happy the timing was right so I could pay it forward. Good luck.
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!!)
Good luck to you, Mona!
I only write YA, so it doesn’t look like I can enter the giveaway. But congrats!!
Thanks Nicole. If you know any picture book or chapter book writers, please help spread the word.
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.
Congrats to YOU Christine. You are in the raffle. Crossing fingers for you.
Congrats! That’s wonderful for you. So nice if you to think of others. I’d love to be in the running. Thank you.
You got it Nina. Good luck!
Congrats on finding an agent! I would love to enter!
Thanks Annie. Consider yourself entered.
I’d live to win; Sean is awesome!
Thanks for entering. Good luck to you!
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.
Thanks, Angela! Wishing you all the best.