Amy and I found each other through #DVPit, a pitch contest for diverse voices. We also overlapped briefly in grad school, but only knew of each other; apparently in this case, the Internet is smaller than Simmons. We had a great phone conversation about my MG contemporary novel before signing, and it's clear that our visions align. I'm having fun revisiting the manuscript with our discussion in mind, and I can't wait to see what comes next!
I want to add that my experience with #DVPit has been really positive--for the obvious reason above, but also because of the diverse, supportive community of querying authors that has formed around it. I hear the next one's in October...just sayin'.