Okay, so Emery's comment on Noveltee(n) prompted me to finally reveal my big news (although the title of this post is pretty self-explanatory). Two weeks ago I received an offer of representation from Edward Necarsulmer IV, head of the Children's Department at McIntosh and Otis. After jumping up and down and yelling for a few minutes I sent emails to the other agents who were reviewing the full manuscript. Responses have trickled in over the past twelve days, and as of Wednesday I had six offers, all from agents who I would've been thrilled to work with.
One thing that was important to me while querying was making sure agents judged me based on my writing, not on my age. Four of the six agents had no idea how old I was (the other two had either met me personally or received my work based on a referral). I've spent hours agonizing over this decision, trying to make an informed choice, and in the end I went with my gut and agreed to sign with Edward. He is excellent, and I can't wait to work with him! After his initial offer I just couldn't stop smiling. We'll be doing revisions over the next few months, and hopefully Aillea's Cards will eventually sell!
Anyways, yay! That's my news. I feel like this post should be longer, but I can't think of anything else to say so I'll just leave it at that.