Sunday, January 14, 2018


Hey everyone!

I know it's been almost two years (aka FOREVER) since I last posted, and I doubt anyone even reads this blog anymore ... but I have such an exciting update, that I wanted to post it up here just to feel like I've finished what I've started (even if it's not technically over until the book is published).

A few hours ago, on January 13th, 2018, I received an offer of representation from a LITERARY AGENT! While I was always hopeful that I would one day be able to say that, I honestly wasn't sure that I'd ever be able to. It's for the book that I started re-querying years ago, The Suit War, which has gone through many, many, MANY revisions since I last updated this blog (and I'm sure it will go through many more revisions before it's hopefully published). I think I'm still in shock a little bit, and it doesn't feel real!

I'm currently waiting to hear back from some other agents that have my query and/or manuscript, so I haven't officially signed with an agent yet. But to be able to say that I'm going to have a literary agent is a dream come true!

So for those of you out there who are in the query trenches, seriously, DON'T GIVE UP! I wrote the first draft of The Suit War back in 2012. The manuscript has changed from middle grade (50K words) to young adult (over 100K words) in that time, many scenes have been added and deleted, character goals and relationships have built and broken, the world has been built out many times .... I guess what I'm trying to say is, if you're passionate about your book, and you put in the hard work, you can achieve your dream.

I haven't decided whether I'll write a How I Got My Agent post on this blog (although I've dreamed about the day that I could), but I want all of you to remember that it really does only take one yes!

I can't wait to see what this new journey brings on my road to traditional publication!

J.B Kantt <3

P.S. Happy (belated) New Year, everyone!! (Sorry for not posting at all 2017 ... it was a busy, roller-coaster of a year.)


  1. Hello
    I hope 2018 brings more surprises and happiness

    Ruty @Reading…Dreaming

    1. Thank you so much, Ruty!

      I hope 2018 brings you surprises and happiness as well!

      J.B. :)