I basically did that every time I sent my manuscript anywhere.
So in case you haven't been playing along at home, here's a breakdown of the events regarding the book:
1) Wrote a book
2) Googled "what to do after you write a book"
3) Bought a Guide To Literary Agents at the Union Square Borders in San Francisco. I distinctly remember this because at the time, I thought it was like buying a telephone book. Just find an agent I like and work with them. Easy!
4) Discovered that's not how that works.
5) Queried, queried, queried.
7) Heard a lot of "Thanks, but no thanks!"
8) Got an email from Penn Whaling asking to speak with me.
9) Had a "phone meeting" with Penn. Conveniently, she is hilarious, and agrees to represent me.
10) Danced around the apartment with my roommates' dog
11) Worked on the re-writes Penn suggested
12) Received "And we're off!" email.
*It always feels slightly pretentious to say "my agent." So whenever I do, I say to myself in my head, "Your travel agent? Your insurance agent? Your secret agent?"