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.

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109 Responses to Agented!!

  1. sylphon says:

    WOOO! Yay! What a way to go into the con, flying high! Congrats!!

  2. matociquala says:

    Whooo hooo!

    You go, girl.

  3. mtfay says:

    Woohoo! Yeah Eugie! Now, write another book!;)

  4. wheeeeee!!!! congrats!!! *cheers*

  5. jack_yoniga says:

    That rocketh verily, Eugie! I think your icon expresses quite well how you must be feeling.

  6. puskunk says:

    WOW! Congratulations! Do we have to bow and scrape before you now at Fantasm?

  7. amokk says:

    Congrats. Now get back to work! πŸ˜‰

  8. lousy_timing says:

    I sent a psychic message to the Hobkin to do something nice for you as a congratulatory dealie-bobber. Hopefully, he will receive said message. If he behaves in a particularly cute manner today or fetches your slippers, his job was done well. πŸ˜‰

    Congratulations to you, Eugie! That’s awesome news!

  9. ogre_san says:

    Congratulations and good luck.

  10. gardenwaltz says:

    w000t!!! Go forth and live the dream for the rest of us poor slobs. You are an utter inspiration.

  11. takhisis says:

    Rock on! πŸ˜€

    Although I originally read “AAR!” as “ARR!” and had strange mental images of an all-pirate literary agency…

  12. whirl_twirl says:

    Wow! Congratulations! I am amazed at how little time passed between your initial agent queries and this morning’s phone call.

  13. nmsunbear says:

    Wow! You totally rock. CONGRATULATIONS!!!

  14. reudaly says:

    BIG FREAKIN’ SQUEE!!! I’m so happy for you! Go you!

  15. sartorias says:

    YIP! Great news, Eugie!!!

  16. mr_zeugma says:

    Well, since I already said “Congrats!” my thoughts turn to asking, “What are you going to buy when your agent sudden;y gets you that big advance?” AND–more importantly, “Are you going to buy us (your loyal and faithful) something extravagant?”

    • Eugie Foster says:

      What are you going to buy when your agent sudden;y gets you that big advance?

      Hmm. I’m thinking mortage payment. Or health insurance payment. Or hey, groceries!! Yah, I know, it’s pretty flamboyent, but I figure I’ll be living it up by then . . .

  17. raecarson says:

    And the Speediest Agent Acquisition Award goes to…


    Eugie Foster!!!!

    (And the crowd goes wild)

    Congrats, you. I’m sooo happy for you! You must solemnly swear to share the steps of your journey to publication so we can enjoy the vicarious experience. (And learn!)

  18. You lucky daughter of a bitch. That is fantastic. My God. What did it take, a week? lol.

    I truly hope he works out for you. Good luck!

  19. lilithraevyn says:

    Oh wow! Congratulations!!!

  20. *flails*

    *does happy dance*

    That’s AWESOME!

    Not that we doubted you for a minute, but I’m just so glad it happened so quickly! It gives me hope for my own unagented self.

    Of course, your long publication history with short stories probably helped. I can hardly write anything under 10,000 words.

  21. wistling says:

    That’s excellent news! I had no doubt a great writer like you would find an agent.

  22. That’s awesome!! They know talent when they see it!

  23. This is certainly a “squee” event! Yay for you!!

  24. whitecrow0 says:

    Congrats!!! Your dedication has paid – and will pay – off.

  25. pleroma says:

    Awesome! A big ol’ congrats to you!

  26. fings says:

    I await hearing news of the bidding war for your next book.

  27. ex_peppersg says:

    De-lurking to say congratulations. You don’t know me – I’ve been lurking more and more and posting to my own journal less and less, but watching your progress has been a vicarious thrill. You do success well, and your dedication is inspiring. I had no doubt a great agent would pounce on you. Can’t wait to see what comes next!

  28. Outstanding news!!!!!

    *throws confetti and firecrackers*

  29. skeletal504 says:

    ooh.. congrats πŸ™‚

  30. congratulations!

    squee squared!

  31. elmwood says:


    Excellent news, Eugie. Remember to breathe and enjoy this!

  32. gannet says:


    Many congratulations–that’s really fabulous news!

  33. eleyan says:

    brilliant! Congratulations! Yes, definitely breathe a bit. And eventually, sleep.
    Maybe by tomorrow night, you’ll be able to sleep…

    • dionycheaus says:

      yeah, sleep…I think that’s a better question than what you’re going to do with the wads of money you will eventually get–what will you do tonight instead of sleep? some form of celebratory eating and joyful exuberant glowing, I imagine…

      • Eugie Foster says:

        Celebratory alcohol is definitely on the agenda for tonight. and are slated to arrive later. With good company to share in the glow, I’m pretty set. As far as wads of money in the future goes, hmm, mortgage payment and groceries are wat high on my list of frivolous purchases, YEP!

    • Eugie Foster says:

      Thank you! Too wired to sleep! (Almost too wired to breathe!) I can sleep next week . . . *twitch*

  34. dragonmyst says:



    *doing happy dance*

  35. unwrecked says:

    Wow — congrats! Looking forward to seeing your book in print, soon!

  36. So proud of you, girl!

  37. aimeempayne says:

    Congratulations. May the sale come quick. May the advance be large. May you sell many and often. May the words drip from your pen (or keyboard) like honey’d wine. May your stories enchant. May the happiness of today permeate all your tomorrows.

  38. Congratulations, Eugie!! I just can’t wait till your book is sold and I’m selling it at the book store!

    ~Maggie πŸ˜€

  39. CONGRATS!!!

    This must be something REALLY good after 92..and I’ll be 93 comments? *big smile* I’m soooo glad you finally got an agent that has a good reputation. I’m sure you’d start more $ coming in your career…THIS is a great thing!!

  40. nojojojo says:

    WOO HOO! This proves that my decision to start writing short stories (before 2002 I only did novels) is the way to go. I can only hope that I end up having as much luck as you, or work up to the same level of skill as you, one way or another — either in finally producing some pro-level short stories, or in convincing a good agent to take me on with my semipro pubs. Gives me hope.

    But enough about me. YOU ROCK! And you very much deserve it. I’m not at all surprised that you found an agent so quickly. Multiple pro publications, connections in the industry, an obvious feel for what’s hot and what’s not in the field, originality and talent, and a solid writer’s work ethic?? If I were an agent I’d snap you up too. =)

  41. sewedel says:

    Fantastic news, Eugie. You deserve it!

  42. affinity8 says:

    Hooray! Congratulations!!!!

  43. zhaneel69 says:

    Congrats! I hope it is a wonderful relationship.


  44. sdowens says:

    Ok, so spill the beans! What’s his plan for you? Who’s he going to sell your novels to?

    • Eugie Foster says:

      Well currently, the plan is that he’s going to try to sell my middle-grade book to the best market he can. We touched upon my 5-year goals briefly. He represents both children and adult works, which is ideal for me, and was really enthusiastic when I said I wanted to do adult novels as well. So the plan is for me to write another book, and for him to sell sell sell!

  45. jmeadows says:

    YAYAYAYAYAYAYAY! *confetti*

    Go you!

  46. sonnydenbow says:

    Way to go, Eugie!!! I couldn’t be happier for you!


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