There’s a reason I haven’t been sleeping well. 


I’m going to share a quick story.  I issued a challenge on this blog and had two winners.  One gave me the Norse Gods at Starbucks challenge and one gave me this one.  

“Write about someone finding a way to track down serial porn spammers and exacting revenge.” 

Neither were into easy, were they???I didn’t know these Snark readers well, but wrote stories to both challenges.  They are in the tabs above.  Now They Run From Valen Greer, the porn spammer one, resulted in a critique partner. 

Rachel Vincent  and I  work so well together.  We’re both ambitious, competitive (In a good way!) and we love to write above everything else.  It’s been a fantastic partnership.  (Be sure to order ROGUE!)  

Now, this relationship has helped me get an agent.  

Needless to say, the OKRWA mini-con went well for me.  <g>

The editor, Margo Lipschultz, showed interest and I really liked the agent we’d invited down.  Yes, she’s Rachel’s agent, Miriam Kriss of the Irene Goodman Literary Agency.  I sent Miriam an email on Sunday night telling her of the editor’s interest in my book.  She requested the manuscript and took it home Monday night and made an offer on Tuesday. 

I also had another agent interested this week due to another good friend of mine in the group (Gena!!!) and let me tell you, I agonized over this for two long, sleepless nights. 

Both agents are in my top FIVE so I never expected interest from more than one. 

I would have agonized more, but started to worry I’d never sleep again.   In the end, I went with my gut.  While I really, really liked both and either would be fantastic agents for me, I had met Miriam over the weekend and just had that feeling.  Okay, and the fact that she loved Farscape certainly didn’t hurt.  

And well, when she called, there was this certain response she had upon finishing Dweller on the Threshold…

This has been a whirlwind week of excitement with the most incredible validation.  I want every one of you to feel this!  Some of you have and some of you will! I’ll share what OKRWA member, Christine Rimmer, just said on our loop. “Keep the dream alive and keep moving toward it.” 

So, I am announcing that I will soon be a happy client of Miriam Kriss from the Irene Goodman Literary Agency. 

I’ll be sharing space with clients like Rachel Vincent, Vicki Pettersson, Keri Arthur, Karen Chance, Jenna Black, Lillith SaintCrow… 

Okay.  My daughter just came into my office and asked me to stop doing the cabbage patch.  And she called me a dork. 

I can see nothing is going to change much around here…  


About Rinda Elliott

Writer.I love unusual stories and credit growing up in a family of curious life-lovers who moved all over the country. Books and movies full of fantasy, science fiction and romance kept us amused, especially in some of the stranger places. For years, I tried to separate my darker side with my humorous and romantic one. I published short fiction, but things really started happening when I gave in and mixed it up. When not lost in fiction, I love making wine, collecting music, gaming and spending time with my husband and two children. I’m represented by Miriam Kriss of the Irene Goodman Agency.
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53 Responses to NEWS!!

  1. Major congrats!! This is just so fabulous and I know many more wonderful things are headed your way! (I think I’ve said that before LOL)

  2. I’m so excited for you! I can’t wait for DOTT to sell. It’s fantastic. You so deserve this. 🙂

  3. Congratulations!!!! That is awesome news! *high five*

  4. Congratulations! I am getting ready to sign with an agent of my own, so I share your excitement perfectly! =) And I say cabbage patch all you want. This event certainly calls for it!

  5. danette says:

    Congratulations! 😀

    Hugs, Danette


    I can’t wait to read next about your first sale!

    Oh, but Rachel did tell you, right?
    I’M Miriam’s favorite…I don’t care what K. Arthur says! {big grin}


  7. Sunny Lyn says:


  8. Wow, great news! I wouldn’t be able to sleep either.

  9. relliott4 says:

    Thank you!!! This is all so surreal and cool. Yet, I still have to do laundry. 😉

    Vicki, Rachel had not told me that. In fact, I thought she was the fav… (wg) I must say, I feel in good company here. No, make that great. Man, I love your books!

    Sunny! I just told Christy on the phone that I needed to email you!

    Gena, you helped so much in this. Drinks are still on me next time!

    Heather, you’ll be feeling this yourself. I have no doubts.

    Congrats on your own big news, Kasey!!!!

    Thanks Lisa, Strugglngwriter and Danette! Guess you can tell I’m trippin’. 😉

  10. Devon Monk says:

    Rinda! Just heard the news through Rachel’s blog.

    Congrats, and welcome aboard! We’re agent mates too! (my book comes out this November)

    Miriam’s wonderful–I’m so happy for you!


  11. relliott4 says:

    Devon, thanks for the welcome! I’m off to see what your book is about.

  12. I am so happy for you!! Really, just SO happy! 🙂

    Many congratulations. I’ve followed your journey for a long time – you deserve this. Enjoy the moment!



  13. Carol says:

    I’m still so excited I can’t stand it and can’t wait to see which publisher buys DOTT. Cool cool. Carol

  14. Chandra says:

    HOORAY! Rachel and I were talking about you a couple weeks ago, and she says your book is awesome so it has to be awesome because Rachel knows awesomeness. 🙂

    Welcome welcome and CONGRATULATIONS!!

    1) You will love working with Miriam—and not just because she loves Farscape.

    2) Vicki is her favorite, but it’s ok, there’s room for everyone. 😉

    3) Seriously, you now have the best agency sisters in the whole world.

  15. CONGRATS on the great news! I’m also with Miriam so I guess we’re sistahs too 🙂

    Wishing you many, many sales!

  16. relliott4 says:

    Hi Chandra and Wendy! I need to make my Miriam list more complete on this post! Thanks for the welcome. I’m simply through the roof.

  17. relliott4 says:

    Karen and Carol, you have been along for this ride a little while now, eh? I’m glad you guys are excited.

  18. andrea says:

    Wow, congrats! I’m glad all the hard work is paying off–bet you’re floating right now 😀

  19. Yay!!!! *Imagine fireworks exploding and various celebatory occurances.* I knew you could do it. All it took was to find an agent with impeccable tastes. 🙂 I’m so happy for you. 😀


  20. Congratulations! That is so wonderful. Rachel has told me how hard you’ve been working and it has paid off! Welcome to the club!


  21. Ha! That’s what I get for stepping away from my computer. Vicki comes over and spreads more vile rumors about her being Miriam’s favorite. But I spent all weekend with Miriam, and I believe she said, by virtue of not killing either of us on the highway, that I am her favorite. 😉

    Though I’m sure Rinda will get close. 😉

    And yes, welcome aboard!

  22. CJ says:

    You’ve already heard my reaction but I’ll say it again: No one has put more sweat, blood and tears into a manuscript than you have the last two years. You deserve all this and more!

  23. relliott4 says:

    Yay. Minion Wars. (wg)

    CJ and Sara, it’s Presidential Marguaritas next time!!

    Jocelyn, it feels good when it does pay off, doesn’t it? 😉 I saw you have a nice, new website–love the green eyes!

    Floating is a good description, Andrea. Thanks!

  24. Renee Sweet says:

    Congrats, Rinda! I’ve been keeping tabs on you through Rachel’s blog for some time now. I’m so happy for you!

  25. Patrick M. says:

    That is just all kinds of wonderful! You ROCK, Rinda!

  26. Danne Cole says:

    So frickin’ awesome!!!!! Rinda that just rocks hun! Congrats to you! It does seem that there are a ton of talented ppl on that list and I have no doubt that you will rock right along with everyone else! Congrats again! 🙂

  27. relliott4 says:

    This has been a wonderful day. That first major hurdle is gone and I know there are more to come but I’m a firm believer in celebrating every single success.

    Renee, Patrick and Danne, thanks for the encouragement. It means a lot!

    Okay, now I’m hoping you all freaking love the book when it sells.

    I love saying when instead of if now. Have lots of faith in my new agent. 🙂

  28. Christina says:

    I heard the news on the grapevine. How exciting. Congratulations!

  29. Congrats honey! We shall be seeing you soon with a killer cover and all the perks. I’m so thrilled that you got an agent and can storm the publishing world. Have an amazing time with that!

  30. Terri says:

    Woohoo! Rinda “outed” herself!! I’ve been dying here for days as she made the decision *g*.

    Congrats, my love!!


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  32. Wowee Zowee! I know Miriam was the right choice. How? Trust me. I just know!

    I also know I said it before, but it can never be said enough: A huge step in the right direction for you, Rinda. Congrats, Congrats!

  33. relliott4 says:

    Thanks so much, Christine!

  34. relliott4 says:

    Terri, you’re next!!!!

    Hi Christina, thanks for the kind words. And Harry, don’t know about storming, but I’m going to aim for that killer cover. 😉

  35. Jaye Wells says:

    Congrats! And good luck with Margo. She’s amazing.

  36. Jill Monroe says:

    Rinda – I just couldn’t be more excited for you. Congrats!!!!

  37. relliott4 says:

    Thanks Jaye! She’s been really nice this week. 🙂

    Jill! Thanks! You were one of the ones urging me in there. (g) I just left the strangest comment on your blog. Doing too much today, I think..

  38. Elaine says:

    Congratulations Rinda. This is fantastic news. I love to hear of people’s successes. I’ll look forward to finding your books on the shelves!

  39. relliott4 says:

    Elaine, I didn’t know you were blogging again. I’ll have to check out what’s going on with you. Thanks for the congrats. I’m still enjoying this high very, very much. 😉

  40. Kathy says:

    As I said privately—major good wishes and tip-top congratulations!!!!

    You know, we are so glad to hear about this news—if only so we don’t have to listen to you manic about it anymore. LOL

    (huggssss) You know I’m kidding.

    Rinda, you have worked hard to produce. You deserve it, m’dear. Enjoy.

    Now we will have to get you a kickin’ head shot for all those books you’re going to sell.
    Love ya!

  41. Oh! Me thinks a photo shop head shot contest could be in your future. 😉

  42. relliott4 says:

    My friend Kathy is Kathy Moad of this studio. 😉

  43. Laura says:

    Oh my god, this is so freaking awesome!!! The hard work is paying off!

  44. Ken says:

    Congratulations! and best of luck.

  45. Rinda says:

    Hi Laura! This is pretty freaking awesome! 😉

    Hi Ken and thanks!

  46. Missy says:

    *SQUEAL* I’m so happy for you, Rinda! My heart is pounding with excitement. Next time daughter doesn’t like the cabbage patch switch to the Stimpy happy happy joy joy dance and see how she reacts. 😉

  47. relliott4 says:

    I will! Or I can do the Snoopy dance. So many options.

    Thanks for being excited. I’m loving that you are all a part of this. 🙂

  48. Carrie Ryan says:

    OMG I’m so excited for you!!! I’ve been waiting for this moment!! Yay you! And you’re such an inspiration!!

  49. Mel says:

    Congrats from yet another agent mate!! Very exciting stuff, and the fun is just starting : )

  50. relliott4 says:

    Thanks Carrie and Mel!

    I’m loving this. Subscribing to everyone’s blogs, as well. 😉

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    Appreciate the cyber toast, Bonnie. 🙂

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