Phone call this AM. Long chat. Resulting in: I’ve got an agent!
I’m now officially a client of William Reiss, Vice-President of John Hawkins & Associates, Inc.
My agent (I love how that sounds) also represents John Katzenbach, Gregory Maguire, Janet Fitch, and Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, among others, and his agency has (had) clients including P.G. Wodehouse, Malcolm X, and Joyce Carol Oates! He’s been with the agency since 1971 and JH&A is the first literary agency in the U.S., established in 1893. And yes, they’re a member of AAR (actually, they founded AAR!).
Woohooo!! Must go breathe now.