Okay, so I'm REALLY late with this post. I've been an agented writer for about five months now. Better late than never?
My interest in my agent started months before I ever queried him. I had begun querying for a different novel, and I kept going back to his website. I was on a listserv that he was on, and he was always so kind and helpful when folks had questions. Not only that, but the authors he represented also seemed kind and helpful. And most importantly (who am I fooling, right?), he was selling books.
I didn't query him, though. I was sure he wouldn't be interested in that book. So I held off on subbing to him and started working on a new book. I never found an agent for that first book.
When my new book was ready I knew right away it was a manuscript this agent would be interested in. It seemed to fit with his other authors. I fired off a query and proposal. In fact, his was the first query I sent for that novel. It wasn't long before he requested the full. Then a few weeks passed. I got other full requests.
After three weeks I wasn't expecting much. Then, the email came! He wanted to offer representation! I wanted to be ecstatic! I wanted to jump for joy! The problem was that I literally read the email as I was walking out the door to take my 6yo to the hospital where she would be admitted for 5-7 days. Not exactly the most happy atmosphere.
I emailed Terry and asked for "some time", which he graciously granted. I needed to get my ducks in a row (or take care of my business, as they say!). By the next day, though, I was ready to give my answer. I said "YES!".
Then a funny thing happened. I got a full request from a publisher for that first novel I was querying. I held off on sending it so I could talk to Terry about it. I asked him if he was also interested in representing that novel (and held my breath because I was sure he would say no--remember, I hadn't queried him with it because I was sure he wouldn't want it). He took a look at the material and said yes! I was overjoyed.
So, there you have it. That is how I got my agent.