So, I hit my first deadline and sent in my edits with a bowlful of relief and an email full of questions. I loved the feeling that this was a collaboration in a way, a director and an actor working together – my performance but with the hand of my editor firmly on my shoulder. It felt great to send something off and not immediately start biting my nails, waiting for the inevitable rejection.
Ha. So much for that. Old habits die hard. Sarah was called away to a more urgent project, my edits would have to wait a little while.
If you’re a friend of mine on Facebook or Twitter you may have noticed the buzz surrounding the announcement that my YA novel, More of Me, is to be published by Usborne in 2016. I’m pretty sure the outpouring of congratulations is because I’ve been on the shelf longer than most. If it can happen to me, the girl who’s been at it for YEARS, it can happen to anyone.
Anyone who has something to say.
Anyone who gets on and writes the book.
Anyone who takes every knock back on the chin and tries to be better.
Anyone who works and works at learning this wonderful craft of writing.
For my writer friends, still on the shelf, that’s you.
And one day, this will be you too. Delighted, barely able to believe it, excited, terrified.
When the email arrived from my wonderful agent, Sophie Hicks, I screamed. Then I cried. Then I rang my husband and breathlessly told him the news.
I kept it quiet for a long time because contracts take a while and I couldn’t really believe it was happening – I didn’t want to jinx it. Then, one day, a twitter notification popped up, followed by several more – Usborne had sent out the press release , we really were engaged!
For years I’ve wanted an editor in my Christmas stocking, and now I’ve got one, Sarah Stewart, Senior Fiction Editor at Usborne and I’m meeting her for real on Tuesday. She says lovely things like this:
“More of Me quite simply has the most original, compelling and incredible concept I’ve ever come
I am all of a flutter.
Hold tight my friends, keep writing, keep learning, your time will come x
PS Shoudl somebody warn the copy editor? There may be overtiem…( I left those in on purpose, honest…)