He wrote 12 drafts over a decade. In 2006 he sent the manuscript to New York literary agent Eleanor Jackson, who was attracted to it immediately. "What I saw was a big, engrossing, serious literary work that touches on the human-dog relationship," Jackson said. "I thought there was a market for that." Yet she knew it would be a challenge to sell, because it is so unusual, so she decided to call editors directly, rather than submit the manuscript with a letter.
The Story of Edgar Sawtelle
by David Wroblewski