I have arrived.
An agent has offered a contract for The Brighton Virgins. Now comes to long, unpredictable slog toward publication. Actually, I can't think of that right now, I'm still too pleased at knowing an actual professional within the publishing industry thinks my manuscript is publishable and is willing to try to make that happen.
As with most things, this did not come quickly, or easily, and when it finally happened, it was almost anticlimactic.
I had polished up the manuscript and sent out two batches of 20 - 20 to the UK, 20 ti the US. I received a fair number of requests for more material and even a few requests for the manuscript. then, one agent wrote to say she was enjoying it, and I would hear from her in a few weeks.
This, of course, had me sitting on tenterhooks for an interminably long time, but the e-mail finally arrived and she said, as her first e-mail indicated she would, that she wanted to offer me a contract.
So now, by my own definition, I'm a Level II blog. I still have a long way to go to get to Level I, but I can at least sit here and look back over how far I have come.
It may be a while before I post again. Milestones don't arrive every day.