Ring Ring

I’ve always envisioned the big moments in my life as being loud, like fireworks on the fourth. But, as I recently discovered, some of the things you most desire happen so softy—so delicately, you can barely believe they’re real.

Four weeks ago, I sat in the audience at the SCBWI conference with my dreams in my chest, listening to the inspiring words of uber-agent, Karen Grencik, of Red Fox Literary as she shared her experiences in the industry.

As she spoke, I kept thinking to myself, Someday … someday.

Upon return home, I edited my manuscript, crossed my fingers, and hit enter. Then I waited but not for long. The next day—full request. A week later, an email that literally brought me to my knees. And then … The Call.

You know the one. The call that sent me sprinting through my neighborhood like an injured deer. The call that had me gushing happy tears until I flooded my contacts. The call I’ve heard others talk about for so long.

Only this time it was from Karen. And this time it was for me.

For the past two weeks, I’ve sat quietly taking it all in. Spinning in surreal circles. Walking around in a dreamlike state. Feeling stunned. Feeling grateful.

Sometimes angels come to us in our dreams, sometimes at an SCBWI conference. And now, with my manuscript in great hands, it’s on to the next project!


18 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Karen
    Apr 16, 2015 @ 17:44:21

    Oh my goodness!! Congratulations!! Well-deserved Colleen!!!!!


  2. colleenbennett
    Apr 16, 2015 @ 17:50:27

    Thanks, Karen!


  3. Alison Hertz
    Apr 16, 2015 @ 18:19:14

    Awesome!! Congratulations. I haven’t sent my ms to her yet because I am nervously deciding which one is the right fit for her. I am sooo excited for you!


  4. Shanda
    Apr 16, 2015 @ 18:28:47

    It is well deserved, my friend!!!!


  5. Denyse McDonnell
    Apr 16, 2015 @ 18:36:03

    So fabulous, Colleen! Yippee!


  6. T. L. Sumner
    Apr 16, 2015 @ 23:21:30

    This post just makes me smile. Congrats!!! 🙂


  7. L. L. Richards
    Apr 17, 2015 @ 01:31:21

    So happy for you! Your hard work and perseverance is paying off.


  8. Sheri Levy
    Apr 17, 2015 @ 23:55:52

    Congratulations, Colleen. It is a thrill of a lifetime, enjoy. My first book was published August, 2014, and it was a ton of work but every second brought joy. Very excited you get to experience this event!
    Sheri Levy


  9. Kim MacPherson
    Apr 18, 2015 @ 03:00:01

    You be the next big thang in MG lit, girlfriend!!!


  10. Big Dee
    Apr 18, 2015 @ 18:05:56

    Congratulations Colleen! I love reading all of your blogs, they always make me smile and turn even rainy days into sunshine and happiness. Now i can’t wait to see all of your books on book shelves everywhere. Enjoy ever moment of your journey, you deserve every happiness.


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