Christmas is almost upon us, and I’m really pleased to kick off the season of goodwill with some news. I’m delighted to announce that I’ve signed with literary agent Madeleine Milburn. Below is a recent picture of us taken at her Christmas party, photobombed by the delightful author Holly Martin!
When I began my journey as an author, signing with such a well respected agent seemed like a pipe dream. To say I’m excited is an understatement. Perhaps I should be calm, professional, and slightly aloof. But I’ll never take my position for granted and I know how fortunate I’ve been over the last year. I’ve met the most fantastic bunch of authors and readers, and am proud to call many of them my friends. I also work with a wonderful editor, Keshini Naidoo, who has helped my writing come on in leaps and bounds while working on my DC Jennifer Knight novels. As for my publishers Bookouture, they have exceeded all my expectations, and it’s been thrilling to watch their meteoric rise to success. Below is a picture of a recent Bookouture meet up, with Kim Nash, Sue Watson, Christie Barlow and Holly Wilson enjoying a tipple in London.
Of course this has not just landed on my lap. It has come with lots of hard work, self belief and determination. For the last few years, my routine has involved getting up at 5.30 every morning, writing on the train during my two hour work commute every day, working in a demanding role, writing during my lunch break if possible, and after I got home after work, up until midnight. My days off would be spent writing, editing, reading and marketing. My kids have had to see a little bit less of me, and my husband has taken on the lion’s share of running the household. But I’m sure they would agree it has all been worth it, and my dream of writing full time will soon become a reality.
My top tips for being signed by an agent or publishers.
- Believe in yourself, be the person you want to be. One of the most motivational programmes I’ve ever watched is called The Secret (and currently available to watch on Netflix and iTunes). Watch it. Then watch it again.
- Set goals and stick by them. It takes a lot of hard work. Keep going, even when you don’t feel like it.
- Get out there. Meet people, go to events. It’s incredibly rewarding. I’m a total introvert and have a terrible sense of direction. But I’ve managed to overcome my fears by using the tube system in London on my own, and travelling throughout the UK to attend crime writing conferences. Can’t get out? There’s a vast network of authors, readers and book bloggers online.
I’m very excited about 2016, and now that I’m working with agent Madeleine Milburn, there will be lots of exciting news ahead. Watch this space for further announcements and do sign up to my mailing list to be kept in the loop. As always, your comments are very welcome. Thank you so much for your support in 2015.