Friday, January 13, 2012


I have an agent.

On January 9th, Stephen Fraser of the Jennifer DeChiara Literary Agency offered to represent me and my middle grade time travel novel, Shakespeare on the Lam.

We had a tremendous conversation, in which he said wonderful things about the novel and asked me about my writing goals.

It all seems a little unreal.

Here I am, signing the agency agreement:

(Notice all the giants of children's literature by my side?)

I want to thank you all for your support on this journey. You have read, commented, and cheered me on. I am so grateful for your friendship.

I'll leave you with a picture of the littlest author. (My 5-year old, who lamented that no one wanted to buy his books--for $14, no less. His 8-year-old brother kindly agreed to be his agent.)

I just knew that New Year Champagne was a good omen!!


  1. Wow, Michael, that's awesome news! Congratulations! A great start to the new year. Have fun celebrating!

  2. That's SO awesome Michael. I'm so excited for you. What a great way to start the new year.

  3. Congrats Michael! That's fantastic :)

  4. That's AWESOME news, Michael. What a great way to start 2012. Congrats!!!!!

  5. woo hooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    You deserve it
    and thank the partner who believed in you....thank her for me
    cause I know this book will take off
    so happy for you Michael...
    well done thou good and faithful servant of the word

  6. MIKE! CONGRATULATIONS! Now someday, after it's sold (which should be soon), and you can announce, we can change your query from a critique to a success story.

  7. And it is not even the end of January. Think what the rest of the year will bring.
    (Does the bow tie spin round?).

  8. WOO HOO!!! I TOLD you 2012 would bring you big things! Congratulations. What a marvelous way to begin the new year.

  9. CONGRATS!!!! I look forward to seeing the sale on PM soon.

  10. Stephen has great instincts and a knack for picking authors who will make a strong debut--2 flying start authors and a newbery honor just in the last 2 years.

    You're in great hands, Mike.

  11. Congratulations, Michael! I hope this leads to more celebrating soon :).
    I wrote a snarky comment on The Strangest Situation about you--and here you are, beating me!
    I suppose it would help if I'd actually send out the queries...
    Seriously, well done!!!

  12. Hi, just found my way on over from suz's Begin Again blog. I know you not, but want to say congratulations, because, well it is wonderful when nice things happen to anyone. Good Luck with your book, the title perks the ears.

  13. Congratulations! And I love the pictures. My five-year-old wanted to be my agent, but she compromised and said my agent can help her publish my book.


  14. Michael, that is AWESOME! Congrats! Those pictures are wonderful. What a cute kiddo you have.
    I had a long-ago brush with the Jennifer DeChiara LA.


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