If you’ve been anywhere near me on social media the past eight months you will know that I’ve written a novel that isn’t a part of the DI Hannah Robbins series. It was an idea that I needed to write. One that hit me and wouldn’t let go. It demanded to be written.
As I wrote it I decided I wanted to reach readers I might not otherwise reach if I published it on Amazon alone. I also wanted to be a part of the traditional publishing world. A hybrid author I think the term is. Indie works very well for me, but I feel something is missing.
So, when I completed the novel I sent it off to agents and a request for the full manuscript came in very quickly.
Anyone who has been through this process knows how incredibly difficult the waiting period is during this time. I became obsessive about checking my emails, even though I knew that I wouldn’t hear straight away. I couldn’t help it. It was like an itch I had to scratch. But, this agent was wonderful, they contacted me to let me know how much longer they would be.
In a really short timeframe they came back and offered representation. I was over the moon. They loved my writing, my characters, and the plot. What more could I ask for?
We met yesterday and made it official. I am now signed up with Sarah Manning at the Bent Agency.
I am absolutely over the moon!
Sarah is brilliant. She is warm and welcoming, enthusiastic, energetic, forward-thinking and organised. I immediately felt happy and comfortable sitting down to talk with her and loved her enthusiasm for my writing (who wouldn’t!) and for publishing in general. Not only did she love the book I sent her, but she also loves the idea I have for another book. I just wish I could write faster!
I walked away from yesterday feeling really enthused about my writing career, eager to work harder, to be more productive. I have ideas, I want to start getting them on the page! Just look at all the exclamation marks I’m using and you’ll get an idea of my level of excitement and eagerness to write the next couple of planned books.
Because, plans have been made. And not just immediate plans for right now, editing and submitting, but longer term plans. Looking ahead. It feels good to know this is a long-term career relationship.
Now, I need to get writing 🙂