I go for years with not a lot happening, then all of a sudden everything has happened in 2013.
First off, I got a literary agent! I'm delighted that I'm now represented by the lovely Hannah Ferguson of the Marsh Agency. I feel totally in safe hands with her managing my career as she's agent to fellow women's fiction authors: Miranda Dickinson, Ali McNamara, Kirsty Greenwood, Laura Zieppe and Giovanna Fletcher.
Hannah managed to get me a UK publishing deal! I've got a three book deal with Quercus and the first book Don't Tell the Groom will hit the bookshelves in December. If you can't wait that long it's available in ebook formats right now :) The Marsh Agency also sold the audiobook rights and the Dutch rights.
And as if that wasn't exciting enough, I'm also expecting my first baby later this year and we've moved into a new house that we're having renovated.
Life truly is crazily busy at the moment, and I'm loving it!
As you know I've being submitting my novel to agents, and had a few rejections. Last week I got one back with a handwritten note from an agent, with a little advice in it.
At first to read a critque of my chapters was tough, but actually what they said is totally spot on. So I am reediting my novel (again!). At least I haven't read it now for a couple of months so I can see it slightly fresher.
Also I realised a big lesson. That I submitted my chapters way too early. I am such an impatient person. I wrote the book in three months, and I expected to get published as quickly. I submitted what I now think are cringe worthy letters, and let's not talk about the synopsis. I promise when i do get published, I'll post my original subbing material to make you giggle.
I have since read lots and about the what you are supposed to do, and I think my submissions were a lesson in what not to do! Which means I am going to have to learn how to become patient, and do some more hard work That means that when I do resubmit my work to other agents I'll hopefully be giving my chapters the best possible chance!
Read about my general mutterings on my books and life in general.